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Internal security doctrine: Urgent need for Review by DSA Research Team

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Author: DSA Research Team

Backdrop: An Indian approach to LIC

In the post war period, the Indian Armed Forces are amongst the most combat tested forces in the world. They have a rich fund of experience both in Conventional wars and Low Intensity Conflict Operations. The Indian Army, in fact, prides itself on evolving a manpower centric approach to Low Intensity conflict. This manpower intensive approach stands in direct contrast to the Technology or equipment intensive approach of the Americans, the Russians and other European countries. Being a large Army, the Indian military has been able to ensure troop rotation for sustained CI /CT campaigns lasting two decades or more.

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Crime-fighting in Urban Battlescapes by Dr Prem Mahadevan

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Author: Dr Prem Mahadevan

A timely warning forecast that analyses the social impact of increasing urbanisation and the massing of human populations in dense metropolitan slums. This is likely to compress social spaces and lead to an explosion in organised crime within the urban battlescape. The writer cites the chilling example of Brazil, South Africa and Mexico where crime syndicates and drug mafias fight regular battles with machine-guns and rockets and sometimes employ former Special Forces military personnel.

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India's internal security paradigm: A dangerous erosion of will (Written by Maj Gen G D Bakshi

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Author: Maj Gen (Dr) G D Bakshi SM, VSM (Retd)

The Indian nation state displayed tremendous political will and steely resolve in ensuring its internal security in the immediate wake of independence. It did not hesitate to use military force to compel the princely states to merge with the union or pacify tribal rebellions in the north-east. In the last decade however, there has been a significant erosion of the political will to use force in any form. This erosion of political will is most dangerous and worrying.

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Are We A Soft State? by Joginder Singh

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Author: Joginder Singh, IPS (Retd)

A hard hitting article by a highly respected former Director of the CBI that laments how the Indian nation state is going soft beyond a point of prudence. He highlights how we are failing to carry out the death penalty in respect of convicted terrorists, murderers and rapists. At least 100 people in 2007, 40 in 2006, 77 in 2005, 23 in 2002and 33 in 2001 were sentenced to death (but not executed), according to Amnesty International figures. More than 105 people in India were sentenced to death in 2010, but no one was executed during the year.

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Police Reforms: Long Overdue by Prakash Singh

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Author: Prakash Singh, IPS (Retd)

A highly respected Police Chief and former DG BSF, highlights his serious concern about the state of our Police forces. The state and central police forces are bearing the brunt of insurgents’ and terrorist onslaught. It is essential therefore that the police have the resources, the capability and the motivation to deal with these challenges. Unfortunately, however, the state police are in shambles.

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