Acche din ahead
Year 2014 indeed has been a very eventful year in many ways. First and foremost, SP Guide Publications reached a significant milestone in the journey of our company – we touched the Golden mile and are all geared up for the next phase of growth. We see acche din ahead.
Yes, we are borrowing the slogan of the inspirational Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has promised acche din (good days). India now is on the cusp of an exponential growth, spurred by the move towards good governance, essential reforms and above all a pride of being Indian. The general elections of 2014 were critical for India as the country had gone into a state of slumber. That the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power with absolute majority under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi augurs well for India. He is indeed the Man of the Moment. We look forward to accelerated pace of reforms, stability and strengthening of national security.
The latest incident of a suspected ‘terror boat’ intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard is evidence of how neighbouring Pakistan is trying to foment trouble in India, entering through sea and land routes. Although in this latest episode a terrorist attack was foiled through coordinated action between intelligence agencies and the Indian Coast Guard, it is a grim reminder that the threat to national security from across the coastline. Air Marshal B.K. Pandey and Lt General P.C. Katoch analyse the incident.
In this issue while we have captured key events that have grabbed global headlines during the year. We also have an exclusive interview with the Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh who dwelt at length on force modernisation, among others.
The defence industry of the world is looking at India as noted by Ranjeet Kumar after talking to different players in France. They all seem to be enthused over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme and are keen on partnering Indian compa- nies. To facilitate joint defence production and open imports, the government announced a new policy legalising middlemen in arms purchases. The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that a more liberalised export regime centred on Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision, adding that private companies may be allowed to export.
We believe that these initiatives will be taken, if not sooner but later, as there is an express intent. 2015 begins on a good note as India is expecting President Barack Obama here for the January 26th Republic Day celebrations. Vivek Lall, Chief Executive of Commercial Global Strategic Development, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group, says Obama’s visit is going to be a defining moment in bilateral relations as this is the first time that an US President will be Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations.
Happy New Year!