34th Panjab University Colloquium was held on 17 August at Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology. It was the 1st Colloquia lecture for the session 2016-17 on India’s National Security : Challenges and Response Strategy by Lt. General K J Singh (Retd.) and was presided by Panjab University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Arun K. Grover, Prof. Archana R. Singh and Dr. Navneet Arora.
About the speaker– Lt. General K J Singh (Retd.) has donned uniform for over 50 years ,(including training and schooling in Sainik School) ,39 years of commissioned service. He was the colonel of seven regiments. The General officer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy. He has served in Counter Insurgency Areas, Assam Rifles and with United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Angola. He has been awarded with various medals and honours and held many important staff appointments.
The focus of the lecture was on India’s National Security, it was started with the introduction to what actually the national security is and in fact it is a dynamic definition that could not be described in group of words. There are various domains of National Security which we have to consider in present scenario , cyber, social and economic domain being the most important. The General highlighted various tools to enhance the national security and focused more on PEOPLE-DEMAND-MARKET as an emerging tool.
Lt.Gen. Singh illustrated the role of China in strengthening Pakistan against India and said that China had a My-Way- or-the- Highway policy to deal with its neighbours. He accused Pakistan and China of having agents in India’s neighbouring nations and Pakistan to act like an “Islamic Crusader” to destroy India. He believed that the Jihadist groups developing a “dirty bomb” was an unlikely scenario.
He drew everyone’s attention to the SCOT (Strength, Challenges, Opportunities and Threats) in which he referred various emerging contours of Challenges. He underscored that ‘India will rise when HMT rises’, here HMT refers to Hindi Medium Times that implies we need to transform India into Bharat so as to ameliorate.
He added that Neo-conservatism was the newly emerged fundamentalist religion responsible for infamy and gave an instance of such a Neocon killing a Muslim clergy. About the society, Singh blamed Socio-Economic inequality, caste system, unemployment and clash of religious narratives and conflicts as some of the causes for creating a Social Unrest. He said that Good Governance was a means to solving such issues. Summarising, Singh said that India was not facing a 2-front challenge but in fact a “2 ½ front” challenge -Pakistan, China Insurgency.
A detailed portrayal was given about Global Security Environment and Regional Paradigm and Implications. He highlighted the major problems that India has to face while playing a role as ‘BIG BROTHER’ for neighbouring countries which are regional inequality, ethno-religious multiplicity, Boundary disputes, Political Instability, Regional Bodies and International Power play. Further he elucidated the fact that the borders could be saved by Defence Forces but what we have to thrive for in reality is the internal social, political and economic security so that we can emerge as a strong nation in the world.
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