Yuva - India

National security challenges and a way ahead

You do not defend a nation by flowers and poetry in a synthetic Utopia. It needs blood and iron. You put the nation above yourself and your family. You do what has to be done. You shed blood, yours & the enemies. And then the nation sleeps peacefully. –Major Gaurav Arya (Retd).

India is one of the fastest-growing vibrant economies with an aspiration to become a 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2025. But we also know that our nation faces a huge national security challenges with enemies on both the eastern and the western front. We also face internal security challenges with clear vested interests visible. When CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat says we must be ready for two and half front war what does he mean? The two fronts being the Western Theatre where we are face to face against Pakistan and the Eastern Theatre where we are in a military standoff situation against China and the half front being internal security challenges such as terrorist insurgencies in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and North East, Naxalite insurgencies, violent protests the acts enacted by the Parliament, the radicalization in Kerala, etc. Internal security threats pertain to terrorists and law and order incidents within our country funded by external forces and as PM Narendra Modi termed it on the floor of the house as FDI (Foreign Destructive Ideologies).

There is a pattern to these protests which is clearly visible. The Shaheen Bagh protests lasted for more than 100 days which eventually led to Delhi Riots. The framer’s agitation against the enactment of farm laws has a similar pattern. The protesting farmers camping outside National Capital for more than 70 days with anti-national elements involved, marched towards Red Fort on tractors on the Republic Day leading to violence which left 300 policemen injured and a protester dead in an accident when his tractor overturned. Our adversaries want India to be internally unstable and slow down India’s growth because they are threatened by India becoming the economic powerhouse. They must understand and realize that India has arrived on the world stage instead of not being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and instead of internal security challenges.

Although Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir is on a downward trajectory India needs to be on its toes as the Pakistan Army continues to train and harbour terrorists on its soil and continues to do ceasefire violations to help terrorists infiltrate on our side of LoC. The local recruitment of terrorists has shown a downward trend with several terrorists giving the surrender and thanks to Indian Armies massive efforts to engage with the local aawam through various activities such as Operation Sadbhavana. China is threatened with India’s massive infrastructure development along the eastern border and Indian Navies dominance in the Indian Ocean Region.

It is also threatened with India’s rapid economic rise and growing clout on the international stage thanks to PM Modi’s proactive approach to foreign policy. China uses Pakistan as its pawn to keep India engaged by providing weapon systems and monetary support. It is a dirty orgy to destabilize India which involves foreign powers, social media entities such as Twitter, NGOs, and PR Firms funded by terrorist organizations like Khalistan and foreign intelligence agencies such as ISI. India continues to face threats of war-like scenarios from Pakistan and China. The latest being the continuing standoff with PLA. The incidents taking place around us is a part of grey zone warfare. Countering our external as well as internal threats is the task at hand.

India must invest in countering the narrative, which is being created through influential celebrities, foreign media houses who are known to peddle lies about India and also busy looking down on India. We must invest more in research and development in Artificial Intelligence and sophisticated weapons system platforms. Having an upper hand in cybersecurity and countering cyber warfare must look at changing means being used in information warfare. It is time India has a media presence all around the world from News Channels, Infotainment Channels, Newspapers, Online News portals, Indian Social Media platforms, etc. Building a narrative will require India to have its people in Think Tanks, Universities, and foreign publications and collectively use these platforms to create a narrative and project India’s soft power.

We aspire to be a superpower but just an ambition of achieving the desired goal means nothing. If India wants to be a superpower or even leave China behind, we must act like one which requires us to make tough decisions that would leave an impact on international politics. Pakistan ceded Shaksgam Valley to China which is part of Gilgit Baltistan a part of the Union Territory of Ladakh. And China is constructing highway through our territory of Gilgit Baltistan and POJK a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor even after knowing the dispute between India and Pakistan on POJK and Gilgit Baltistan. It’s time India plays its cards. For too long we have been hesitant to rake up Tibet Issue and play Taiwan Card. It’s the perfect opportunity to burst the Chinese Bubble. Also, it is important to increase trade and military cooperation with ASEAN countries. It’s time to add fuel to the democratic movement inside China through various means and it’s absolutely possible to do so. Next ten years are crucial to disrupting the global supply chain. It is time that we not only talk big but do big things that will make Bharat economically and militarily stronger and consistently help India be a part of big leagues on a global stage. It is the duty of every citizen to add strength to this tree of democracy and civilization called Bharat for better and peaceful future.

Pushkar Joshi

Intern, Goa Chronicle
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