SE­CU­RITY MAT­TERS

The Asian Age - - Oped -

Former RAW chief Ra­jin­der Khanna has been named the Deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, the first time that both the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor and the Deputy NSA are from the in­tel­li­gence back­ground. Be­fore con­firm­ing the ap­point­ment, sources say, the gov­ern­ment held dis­cus­sions on why the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor ( NSA) and deputy NSA should have a se­cu­rity back­ground in­stead of the usual for­eign af­fairs back­ground. NSA Ajit Do­val, a former IPS of­fi­cer, re­tired as chief of the In­tel­li­gence Bureau ( IB), the coun­try's in­ter­nal in­tel­li­gence agency.

Khanna, a 1978 batch Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing ser­vice ( RAW) of­fi­cer, is con­sid­ered an ex­pert on Pak­istan and Is­lamic ter­ror­ism, and has su­per­vised sev­eral counter- ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions. Af­ter re­tir­ing from RAW he was reem­ployed as Of­fi­cer on Spe­cial Duty ( neigh­bour­hood stud­ies) in the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Sec­re­tariat. By ap­point­ing two in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers as the NSA and deputy NSA, it is a clear sig­nal that in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is top pri­or­ity for the Modi sarkar.

The post was ly­ing va­cant since Arvind Gupta, a former In­dian For­eign Ser­vice ( IFS) of­fi­cer, com­pleted his ten­ure in Au­gust last year. Mr Gupta was ap­pointed to the post in Au­gust 2014.

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