May 21, 2014
wrong with our national security policy?
Lt Gen S. S. Mehta
years into Independence and despite four wars, including a
humiliating defeat in 1962; matched by a consummate victory over
Pakistan in 1971; the Kargil intrusion, the Mumbai terrorist attack,
scores of insurgent and internal security movements, India remains
cocooned in a yawning void between promise and delivery. If one
thought India has had enough time to put the building blocks for a
sound national security policy into place, one would be disappointed.
On this critical issue, we remain vague and incongruous. On the
contrary, it would seem that there is an inexplicable disconnect in
policy makers’ minds about the linkages between National Security
and National Defence.
May 22, 2014
A National Security Commission
Lt Gen SS Mehta
earlier article established that India does not in effect have
a National Security Policy and has, as a result, bled consistently for
almost 70 years without seriously attempting to staunch the bleeding.
On the contrary, instead of seeking solutions or studying the models
of successful countries in this upper-end seriously nation-building
enterprise, we have adopted a peculiarly Indian escapism where we
philosophically rationalise, even laud a patented propensity for
inaction and comatose, sleep-walking stratagem in which "No
decision" in itself becomes typified as a "decision"
and thereby the subject of much insipid appreciation.
May 23, 2014
Defence expenditure: Get value for money
In the concluding part of the series, the writer focuses on defence expenditure and argues that it is subject to knee-jerk and lopsided accretions. Plans to modernise slip and self-reliance is given a go by. All this must change if we are looking for defence expenditure to be a catalyst for growth
Lt Gen SS Mehta
national security policy will place exacting demands on national
defence. These will inevitably guide the services towards attaining a joint, lean, mean, fleet-footed, precision firepower-enabled capability for operations on land, sea, air, underwater, space and cyberspace. The immediate challenge will be the need for an across-the-spectrum, multidimensional capability, to replace the current single- service, ponderous, and unwieldy structures, supported by archaic logistic practices. However, this paper leaves this discussion for another day and time.
July 3, 2014
In the second in a
two-part series, a former Chief Justice of India studies how Article
370 came about and why its ‘temporary’ nature does not mean it can
be abrogated, modified or replaced unilaterally.
and scope of Article 370
Adarsh Sein Anand
the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India,
jurisdiction in matters of external affairs, defence and communication
was transferred to the Government of India and Union Parliament was
given power to make laws for the State for the purposes of those three
matters only. The Union Parliament had no jurisdiction in any other
matter. Sovereignty, insofar as the internal administration of the
state was concerned, remained with the ruler.
July 21, 2014
security policy urgently
N. N. Vohra
most urgent need for the
Central Government is to secure appropriate understanding with the
states for finalising an appropriate national security policy and
putting in place a modern, fully coordinated security-management
system which can effectively negate any arising challenge to the
territorial security, unity and integrity of India.
July 22, 2014
between Centre & states a must
In the concluding part of the
article on management of national security, the writer calls for the
Centre to take a more proactive approach by adopting various
initiatives for promoting trust and mutual understanding with the
N. N. Vohra
progressively enhancing meaningful Centre-states relations in regard
to national security management it would be useful for the Central
Government to also consider various possible initiatives for promoting
trust and mutual understanding between New Delhi and the state