October 22, 2007

India needs to shed flab to boost internal security: Seminar

Abhishek Behl,SOURCE: Merinews
22 October 2007, Monday

In a recent seminar on internal security in India, organized by HIPA, speakers agreed that the grim times called for deep introspection. The country needs to shed flab to counter terror threats effectively. A report.

WITH INDIA facing multiple challenges on the internal security front, time has come for a deep introspection among the various stakeholders. India needs to shed flab and ensure quick and effective response mechanism to counter the threat from terror operators supported by external agencies as well as those having Naxal leanings, was the tone and tenor of the seminar.

The seminar ‘Internal Security in India’ organized by Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) recently.

While majority of panelists on the occasion called for rejuvenating the security forces as well as the improving the judicial system, Harayana Governor A R Kidwai differed in proffering that strong economic growth could check the aberrations in the political system.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Kidwai said that improvement in infrastructure coupled with industrial growth would boost job avenues for the youth in the country and channelise their energies towards a better cause.

“When the economic growth permeates the various parts of the country particularly the backward areas it would effectively check the unrest among the people”, he said, adding that Naxalism and similar anti-establishment activities were the manifestation of the social unrest in the country.

Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, former Punjab DGP KPS Gill, said that time had come that state control over the all India services like the IAS and IPS should be taken away.

“I think that too much political interference into the functioning of the police has lead to the decline of this force, which is meant for fighting the terror threats”, said Gill, critical of the fact that every MLA wanted his favourite as SHO of a local Thana.

The former Punjab police chief said that judiciary also has to play an important role in ensuring that criminals are punished appropriately. He said that the nexus between advocates and judiciary has led to a jam in the criminal justice system as a result of which criminals and terrorists manage to escape scot-free.

Speaking on the role of army in the internal security, retired General SS Kadyan said that an adequate mandate should be given to the armed forces to tackle the internal security situation.

Human rights allegations as well as lack of political support for the Army action, he said, can prove to be stumbling blocks for the army.

Summing up the debate, TN Chaturvedi, chairman of IIPA, said that there was need for reassessing the internal security situation in the country, particularly in light of the Naxal menace.

He said that internal security has to remain the prime concern of the government and India will grow only if the internal situation in the country remained peaceful and secure.

All the speakers at the seminar asserted that security and safety were the prime drivers of a civil society and economic growth will only sustain if people felt safe and secure in the environs.

Earlier, during the welcome address, M C Gupta, Chairman, IIPA Haryana Regional Branch, who said that seminar was an effort to create awareness about internal security situation in the country.

In his remarks, B.S. Baswan, Director, IIPA, called for shedding the inertia and seriously think about the internal security situation in the country.

An interactive question and answer session was also witnessed in which participants actively debated the pros and cons of internal security situation in India.
The seminar concluded with vote of thanks being proposed by Avtar Singh, Director General, Haryana Institute of Public Administration.

Prominent personalities present on the occasion included professor on strategic affairs, Deepak Dogra, Maxwell Pareira and former head of IIPA BC Mathur.

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