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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (July 2019)

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Despite years of Civil War with its Tamil minority, a brutal insurgency in the South involving its Sinhala majority, nothing quite prepared Sri Lanka for the sheer scale and surprise of the 21st April Easter Sunday multiple attacks. Everything about them was like new, unexpected, and horrifying in its impact. The repercussions of which are going to be long lasting, both in terms of the society and the state. An over reach by the state has already been reported, but at this early stage of the investigations, this is only to be expected in the aftermath of what is a truly frightening scenario for Sri Lanka.

For the first time a minority has awoken Sri Lanka to the scary fact that its internals are exposed to global pulls and pressures. But these have not been caused by wobbly markets, shifts in oil prices, or even political whims of an unstable global leader. The claim by Islamic State that its activists carried out the attacks makes for a whole new ball game in Sri Lanka’s security scenario. And, it is a storyline in which none of the neighbours can be silent observers, but in fact, have to share the responsibilities with Colombo.

For the first time a minority has awoken Sri Lanka to the scary fact that its internals are exposed to global pulls and pressures. But these have not been caused by wobbly markets, shifts in oil prices, or even political whims of an unstable global leader. The claim by Islamic State that its activists carried out the attacks makes for a whole new ball game in Sri Lanka’s security scenario. And, it is a storyline in which none of the neighbours can be silent observers, but in fact, have to share the responsibilities with Colombo.

So, the common person on the street looks with utmost suspicion at others of the community. This requires great social and political tact on the part of Sri Lanka’s leaders if the country is to see out this phase without greater damage to its fabric. The entire neighbourhood has a role to play in this, for gloating majoritarianism will only exacerbate matters. Which, after all, is not in the long term interest of any global citizen. Since there is an Indian connection to the multiple blasts, and officials in New Delhi let it be known that they had shared intelligence with Colombo, cooperation between both countries should be enhanced. Terror is transnational, a reality that Islamic State successfully demonstrated on Easter Sunday.

So efforts to counter terror must also be transnational, without a sectarian or political agenda masquerading as cooperation. The sheer scale of the conspiracy suggests some are still at large, but riding roughshod over law and its procedures is not the answer, anywhere. After all, alienating innocents in the name of operations is recipe for further disaster. A well-heeled and western educated Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel has already caused enough grief. Those like him have to be stopped, and new ones not allowed to go in that direction.

 

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (July 2019)

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Despite years of Civil War with its Tamil minority, a brutal insurgency in the South involving its Sinhala majority, nothing quite prepared Sri Lanka for the sheer scale and surprise of the 21st April Easter Sunday multiple attacks. Everything about them was like new, unexpected, and horrifying in its impact. The repercussions of which are going to be long lasting, both in terms of the society and the state. An over reach by the state has already been reported, but at this early stage of the investigations, this is only to be expected in the aftermath of what is a truly frightening scenario for Sri Lanka.

For the first time a minority has awoken Sri Lanka to the scary fact that its internals are exposed to global pulls and pressures. But these have not been caused by wobbly markets, shifts in oil prices, or even political whims of an unstable global leader. The claim by Islamic State that its activists carried out the attacks makes for a whole new ball game in Sri Lanka’s security scenario. And, it is a storyline in which none of the neighbours can be silent observers, but in fact, have to share the responsibilities with Colombo.

For the first time a minority has awoken Sri Lanka to the scary fact that its internals are exposed to global pulls and pressures. But these have not been caused by wobbly markets, shifts in oil prices, or even political whims of an unstable global leader. The claim by Islamic State that its activists carried out the attacks makes for a whole new ball game in Sri Lanka’s security scenario. And, it is a storyline in which none of the neighbours can be silent observers, but in fact, have to share the responsibilities with Colombo.

So, the common person on the street looks with utmost suspicion at others of the community. This requires great social and political tact on the part of Sri Lanka’s leaders if the country is to see out this phase without greater damage to its fabric. The entire neighbourhood has a role to play in this, for gloating majoritarianism will only exacerbate matters. Which, after all, is not in the long term interest of any global citizen. Since there is an Indian connection to the multiple blasts, and officials in New Delhi let it be known that they had shared intelligence with Colombo, cooperation between both countries should be enhanced. Terror is transnational, a reality that Islamic State successfully demonstrated on Easter Sunday.

So efforts to counter terror must also be transnational, without a sectarian or political agenda masquerading as cooperation. The sheer scale of the conspiracy suggests some are still at large, but riding roughshod over law and its procedures is not the answer, anywhere. After all, alienating innocents in the name of operations is recipe for further disaster. A well-heeled and western educated Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel has already caused enough grief. Those like him have to be stopped, and new ones not allowed to go in that direction.

 

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (June 2019)

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Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for winning the 2019 General Elections with a bigger margin than expected. The political importance of the elections is manifold but what is of greater interest is that the principal platform, and issue, on which it was fought, and won, is national security. This would make this, probably, the first Indian election to be contested and won on national security. A fact that deserves greater and more serious consideration by all. That national security resonates across the spectrum should not be lost, even if there is a regional bias in the end outcome.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (May 2019)

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Mankind’s curiosity with flight took centuries of effort before it became a reality, little more than a century ago. Since then the ability to fly, to control flight, and to send manmade objects into space has proceeded at a pace that is truly astonishing. It is astounding how rapidly human beings have overcome the barriers of flight, and demonstrated mastery over various modes of flying machines. In all of human evolution, no other field has been won over so rapidly and to the extent that it has. In terms of research and development as well, more energies are invested in all types of flight than possibly in any other field.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (April 2019)

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In stark contrast to the practice prevailing worldwide, India has gone public with an air strike on Balakote in Khyber Pakhtunwa province of Pakistan. Almost all countries that are compelled to mount clandestine raids, ground or air, tend to keep them that way, quiet and silent. This is the second action claimed by India, the previous one being a trans-Line of Control raid in September 2016. Another raid in Myanmar was initially claimed and then quietly dropped. This is quite unlike the practice of other countries, including Israel behind whom a number of Indian national security players seem to mould them.

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