Pune: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Sunday said that armed forces are at the borders to secure the country from external threats, while the internal security is not only the responsibility of police but the citizens as well.
She was speaking at a seminar ‘National Security – Opportunity and Challenges’ organised by Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS), Savitribai Phule Pune University, and Shwaswat Group of Hospitals, at YASHADA on Baner road.
Bedi added, “Some politicians and outfits are trying to create unrest in the country. At present we are falling short of tackling this issue. There is a need for creating an effective mechanism to gather intelligence about national security matters as well as criminal intelligence. People can be assured of confidentiality and reward for providing information. Radicalisation is also on the rise and there is a need to crush this menace.”
TCA Raghavan, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, said, “There is a need to inform the whole country about national security matters. It should not be done only in Delhi.”
The former General officer commanding-in-chief of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain said, “Now there will be no direct war with China. Both China and Pakistan have joined hands. There will be either hybrid war or cyberwar rather than conventional in future.”
Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd) said that India has strategic advantages in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) due to its location.
Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd), who delivered a lecture on aerospace power and challenges and opportunities, said India has been upgrading its inventory to meet contemporary challenges.