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Publisher and CEO Blog - Pawan Agrawal Blog

Demonetisation: A Hammer On Terrorism And Fake Currency

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India has a prolific chronicle of dates which we cherish every year as a part of our proud revolutionary history. Joining the list of revolutionary dates is the event of 8 November 2016 which has served as yet another revolution in modern India. Every Indian became associated, willy-nilly, with this date. When I say ‘everyone’ it includes not only individuals but organisations, homes and every sector of human endeavour in India.

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Indian Army Post Strikes : New Posture and Policy?

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It has been a period of interminable patience over the past 44 years since the signing of the Simla Agreement when India has used soft diplomacy to convince Pakistan that it is in the interest of both countries that we seek ways to live in peace, amity and cooperation. Nothing worked. Not even the return of 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war evacuated from Bangladesh to prevent the people of that new nation from venting their anger on the Pakistan Army for the merciless genocide of Bengali people. So, the current government had resorted to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) raising speculations of a new posture and the advent of a policy of ‘offensive defence’. Perhaps, it is time to give our due thought to the former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf (of Kargil infamy) who had remarked that even if Kashmir is settled to Pakistan’s satisfaction India would still be under attack.

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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. The oceans are not just the main source of water for mankind but they have minerals, oil, gas and many other costly herbs and spices which are sold at high prices in the world market. It is not that the conflict is only for the water but it is also for the other precious things available in the oceans. Almost all the countries close to the oceans have their naval forces guarding their sea boundaries.

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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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