Ac­che din ahead

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baranwal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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!

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