Securing our great civilisation
National security is defined by the National Defence College as an appropriate and aggressive blend of political resilience and maturity, human resources, economic structure and capacity, technological competence, industrial base and availability of natural resources and finally, military might.
The Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile exemplifies success.
India, the home of three great civilisations in various eras has always faced tremendous security challenges. Two great Indian civilisations, those of the ancient and mediaeval ages, fell because of lack of security awareness to the Muslim invaders from Central Asia and the British. The modern Indian resurgence faces perils of great magnitude from inimical nation-states as well as non-state actors. Are we prepared to let our emerging civilisation flounder for want of adequate security measures?
A coherent doctrine for national security including foreign policy objectives as well as essentials of internal security is the first requirement. Next, the provision of stateof-the-art weapons and equipment in adequate numbers is a must. The need for a technologically up-todate domestic arms industry able to meet the demands of one’s defence services is paramount. To my mind, the need to motivate, train and harness a country’s best human resources in the service of one’s defence is the most pressing national security imperative. Once having got your best talent in defence services, it is important to give to them the best financial incentives so that they give their best.
Writing on the anniversary of the victory in the Kargil war, one cannot lay too much stress on the importance of making every citizen add his might to that of the State’s agencies for making the nascent modern Indian civilisation safe and secure.
Success Of Joint Ops
18 Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Kupwara police, acting on intelligence inputs, eliminated Qari Yasir, operational commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and a Pakistani ‘guest militant’ on the night of July 22 and 23 in the Lolab area of Kupwara district. Such joint operations between the Army and the police have their genesis in the Punjab insurgency. Beginning November 1990, the army launched operations which denied the terrorists their dominance of the night and provided cordons enabling the police to search militant hide-outs. This partnership between the army ad the police broke the back of insurgency in Punjab.
Such combined actions preceded by information sharing and jointmanship have succeeded in other insurgency-hit areas like Assam and Manipur too. The police, which deal with people on a daily basis, are better placed to produce intelligence. On the other hand, the army moving as it does in units and formations is more adept at area domination and has special combat skills. Kudos to professionals in both forces who eschewing rivalries, controversies generated by an askew Warrant of Precedence and differences in perception have worked together in a spirit of ‘country first’ to achieve victory.