All roads lead to Ra­j­path

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

The US Pres­i­dent is said to be the most pow­er­ful per­son on earth. When the present in­cum­bent, Barack Obama, de­scends on New Delhi to be the guest of hon­our at In­dia’s Repub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions, the first US Pres­i­dent to do so, his pres­ence will reen­er­gise a na­tion which is al­ready on a strong resur­gent path un­der the dy­namic lead­er­ship of the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

All credit must go to the as­tute lead­er­ship and for­ward-think­ing ap­proach of Naren­dra Modi who has en­gaged the in­ter­na­tional lead­er­ship in ways no one has done so far. It is touted that the US Pres­i­dent’s visit will trig­ger off fur­ther busi­ness part­ner­ships and other pos­i­tive en­gage­ments here in In­dia. With Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign on course, such high-level vis­its have the po­ten­tial to give the cam­paign a fur­ther mo­men­tum. The de­fence and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in­dus­try hopes that the visit will set off new part­ner­ships.

Gen­eral V.P. Ma­lik (Retd) writes that Indo-US geopo­lit­i­cal and strate­gic re­la­tions have never been as up­beat and as promis­ing as they stand to­day. There are sev­eral nig­gling is­sues that need to be ironed out be­tween the two great democ­ra­cies. One of them is the tan­gled is­sue of civil nu­clear en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion. The Prime Min­is­ter has as­sured to re­move road­blocks and we be­lieve he will do so.

Gen­eral Ma­lik men­tions that the agenda on tack­ling counter ter­ror­ism has to take pri­or­ity as the US is aware of cross bor­der ter­ror­ism from Pak­istan. The US, he avers, can switch off the tap and this is im­por­tant if both In­dia and US have agreed to col­lab­o­rate on dis­man­tling the safe havens and dis­rupt­ing the fi­nan­cial net­works of Pak­istani ter­ror out­fits.

Sim­i­larly, Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) states that Obama’s visit is hap­pen­ing in the wake of in­creas­ing Chi­nese as­sertive­ness in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion with ag­gres­sive ter­ri­to­rial claims of re­gional land and mar­itime neigh­bours, an­a­lysts are talk­ing about evolv­ing tri­umvi­rate of In­dia, US and Ja­pan to counter Chi­nese de­signs.

We have a write-up from Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd) on the Ja­panese bud­get which has been en­hanced to counter the rise of the in­im­i­cal neigh­bour and its grow­ing mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion. The bud­get en­hance­ment is the largest ever in the last seven decades.

In this is­sue, we have ex­cerpts from a lec­ture of the Gover­nor of Jammu and Kash­mir, His Ex­cel­lency N.N. Vohra, who has stated that In­dia’s se­ri­ous prob­lems in re­cent years have em­anated from Pak­istan’s con­tin­u­ing proxy war in Jammu and Kash­mir; ji­hadi ter­ror­ism; de­struc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties which the left-wing ex­trem­ist groups; se­ri­ous un­rest cre­ated by the still ac­tive in­sur­gen­cies in the North East re­gion; and in­ci­dents of se­ri­ous communal vi­o­lence which have been erupt­ing in the var­i­ous states from time to time. He has sug­gested, among other things, the set­ting up of a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice to run the se­cu­rity man­age­ment in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

In his forthright view­point, Lt Gen­eral Ka­toch men­tions that the sacking of the De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) chief Av­inash Chan­der may just be a warn­ing to oth­ers and stop the ‘chalta hai’ at­ti­tude.

We look for­ward to your feed­back as to help us im­prove our cov­er­age. Happy read­ing!

Jayant Baran­wal

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