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Conflicts in Ocean Space

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As the world has progressed into prosperity and development, the environment on earth, the sky and the seas have become contaminated by various means and the world’s natural resources are dwindling. We all know that for human survival water and air are the most critical elements. The main source of water and increasingly, new discoveries of hydrocarbons and other exotic minerals and metals, are the oceans. Coupled with the rapid depletion of fish stocks around the globe, the deteriorating state of oceans and the frenetic desire to control the seas has nation-states bordering water bodies to become hyper-possessive of their territorial waters and the adjoining Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). These zones were created by the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS) several decades ago and have acknowledged legitimacy in geopolitics and exclusive exploitation. The depletion of resources on land has contributed to the exacerbation of conflicts in ocean space.

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Future Soldiers And Future Cops

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No war is fought without a strong mind and its sync with the machines carried out by the soldiers: be it any war or encounter being conducted by any soldier or policeman in the current scenario. This means that if a soldier/policeman has to be alert and his performance has to be gauged, it is only possible if he has been trained well to use his inculcated skills and handle the extant situation.

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Learnt Enough Lessons : Its Time To Appraise National Security

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Learning is an ongoing process in every human life. The moment one stops learning, it’s the end of one’s progress. And what makes us learn? The best teacher for us could be our own mistakes which we commit during any activity or operation.

After the Independence in 1947, when we initiated augmenting our progress in every sector, we probably overlooked to learn lessons while shaping our defence and security apparatus as well as the strategies to counter any attack on our national security. Be it the first attack by the Pakistani Army personnel dressed as ‘tribals’ in 1947 or the wars in 1962, 1965, 1971 and in 1999 in Kargil. Or the attack on the Parliament, the attack on Akshardham temple or the attack on the Hotel Taj, Mumbai; we have been laggards in learning our lessons as the preparedness of our Armed Forces does not suffice and our people ought to be more aware and alert about such attacks. After Kargil, we have incessantly reviewed the whole security scenario but that has not produced much efficacy in warding off the threats hovering over our national security. Had we learnt the lessons, we could have better aligned our defence and security, and diplomacy in relation to our inimical neighbours, particularly Pakistan.

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Need To Be Ruthless Now!

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Nothing has grown as exponentially over the past three decades as communications especially in its ‘tele’ state and the methodology of terrorism. In fact, at this stage of the 21st century there is a confluence and deadly synergy between telecommunications as in the internet and terrorism. The former has become an easy means of radicalisation which manifests itself in the many different ways that terrorism can be executed with increasingly gory results. Internet has changed the whole thought process of the terrorists across the globe. It has actually enabled them not just to communicate much faster and develop relationships with other likeminded forces but also to initiate new subversive tactics for ‘lone wolves’ to act upon independently with a minimum of external logistics support.

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Special Operations: External And Internal Dimensions

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India has always been a peace-loving State. After the achievement of independence from Britain − bearing in mind through peaceful means in 1947 − the most important priority for the then government was to establish a development process in the country. The Law and Order of the nation was one of the priorities but the Defence and Security of the people and the country took a back seat. Some sporadic efforts were indeed taken for the development in the Defence sector but unfortunately they proved to be too meagre in considering the size of the country and the requirement of modern military wherewithal.

 

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