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Women in Defence and Security

Exclusive Interview With Hon’ble Governor of Goa Smt Mridula Sinha

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Smt Mridula Sinha, Hon’ble Governor of Goa is an iconic author and poet of India. She has been Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board and Prabhari, BJP Mahila Morcha. She has authored more than 46 books on various subjects and has won many national and international literary awards.

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Exclusive Interview With Director General CISF Arvind Ranjan, IPS

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The Director General of CISF Arvind Ranjan is a 1977 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. He is a postgraduate in Physics and Electronics from Allahabad University and during his distinguished career spanning 36 years, he has held many important and sensitive portfolios. He was ADC to Governor of Kerala and Director of BSF Academy, Tekanpur. Before taking over the charge as Director General, CISF, he was Director General of NSG. He has been decorated with Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1997, Police Special Duty Medal in 2002 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2006. Here in an exclusive interview with DSA he shares his views and vision for CISF.

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Is a Combat Role Waiting? by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

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Author: Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR (Retd)
Women officers have always aspired for a career which will afford them command assignments and subsequent competitive progressions up the ranks. This is not possible if they remain a part of only the support cadre. At the same time the Army can ill afford the expansion of its main cadre because a skewed ratio between main to support cadre exists. Ideally it should be 1:5; in the Indian Army’s case it is the other way around.

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Women are Equal but Different by Maj Gen Raj Mehta

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Author: Maj Gen Raj Mehta AVSM, VSM (Retd)
Plainly put, once measured through metrics that don’t measure women by men’s standards but by theirs, women shine. They possess superior communication skills, ethics, values, discipline, propriety, moral values, toughness and grit. This aids leadership roles, remarkably facilitates multi-skilling and multitasking skills. In the armed forces which have been short of officers for decades there are many jobs, short of close quarters combat, that can be handled by women competently.

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Role Of Women In Ensuring Women Safety by Meeran Chadha Borwankar IPS

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Author: Meeran Chadha Borwankar IPS
All of us have a role to play in the safety of women; from creating culture of gender equality and respect for women to specific initiatives for financial, emotional, psychological and physical safety of women. Being of the same gender and having trod the same path, our knowledge about where the shoe pinches is better than men. Therefore, more responsibility lies on us and I have not seen any woman grudge it.

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Nari Shakti a Grand Display or Much More? by Deepshikha Hooda

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Author: Deepshikha Hooda
Women officers were called upon pan India to participate in the display of Nari Shakti on Republic Day. Grand as the gesture was, these women need to be really empowered with a sense of belonging. While these officers do not need to win the best marching contingent to garner respect, a significant acknowledgement in the form of Permanent Commission can surely lift spirits. This move will bring more mileage to the Prime Minister’s Nari Shakti emphasis.

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Essence Of Being A Woman by Urvashi J Agrawal

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Author: Urvashi J Agrawal
Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has beautifully encapsulated the real essence of being a woman. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”. I remember an amusing cartoon I once saw, where a board at a work site says … “Men at Work”. A little girl asks her mother about it and her mother, very coolly answers … Women work all the time … But when men work, they need to put up signs! Women have always been instrumental in building and developing civilisations and continue to do so effortlessly without resentment and receiving due credits.

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Women Captive in the Dark, Captive in the Light by Uma Sudhindra

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Author: Uma Sudhindra
In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued. I, once read somewhere, “in order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn”. The Indian woman has done enough of burning. The time has come to rise.

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Women Warriors Past Glory, Present Valour, Future Power by Kriti Singh

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Author: Kriti Singh
In today’s modern warfare participation of woman has increased and diversified. In 2012, the US Defense Department lifted the policy barring women from assignments to ground combat units below the brigade level. According to the Pentagon press statement by the then Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta, “is making these changes because he recognises that over the last decade of war, women have contributed in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission.” In December 2014, the UK defence forces also changed their long-time policy of not allowing women in the frontline and finally approved British women in combats.

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National Security Threats, Challenges And Solutions by Lt Gen BS Pawar

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Author: Lt Gen BS Pawar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
The concept of India’s strategic autonomy will be called into question if India does not develop demonstrable military capability and upgrade its doctrinal thinking in tune with changing nature of wars and prevailing environment. Strong dissuasive capability backed by political resolve is required for India to protect its interest and shift from pure territorial bias to more interest-based capability. Even more important is reorientation of political mindset that looks upon soft power and status quo as the best options, leaving India open to coercion and dealing with unabated proxy war.

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Naval Modernisation Funding the Indian Navy by Dr Vijay Sakhuja

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Author: Dr Vijay Sakhuja
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Indian economy will grow at the rate of 6.5 per cent and surpass China in 2016. Military spending depends on the economy, the government can allocate more funds, which can further contribute to the enhancement of Indian Navy budget.

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Make in India for Indian Defence by Dr Laxman K Behera

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Author: Dr Laxman K Behera
India has a well-articulated, if not the best, system of drawing Defence plans that covers three distinct time periods: 15-year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), five-year Services Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and two-year roll-on Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP). The heart of the matter is that all these plans are prepared with an eye to acquire the best possible equipment available in the world. The DRDO or domestic industry is completely ignored in the planning process.

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Time for a Military Industrial Complex in India? by Shrikant Paranjpe

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Author: Shrikant Paranjpe
Questions have been raised about the capabilities of the Indian private sector in meeting demands of the armed forces in futuristic or state-of-the-art systems. The real question is how to integrate this sector with the overall public sector system. This would ensure that the private sector graduates from being a component supplier to an active participant in Defence production.

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Establishing The Military Industrial Complex by Team DSA

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Team DSA
We need the corrective against the paradox of reaching Mars but not being able to produce a state-of-the-art assault rifle; being called an IT super power but importing hardware; not having own operating systems and glut in electronics – namesake indigenous chips manufacturing and not even making a pen drive.

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Modernisation of India’s Central Armed Police Forces by Pratap Heblikar

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Author: Pratap Heblikar
Modernisation is a multi-purpose activity that deals with recruitment, training, improvements in tactic, upgradation of weapons and military ordnance etc. It must be purposeful in the sense it achieves desired results. The role of the Ministry of Home Affairs, which supervises the huge internal security paraphernalia, also requires clarification. There is no improvement in the internal security situation, it may in fact have deteriorated. Training and inter-service synergy is one area for consideration. The CAPFs must create a Centre of Excellence in the shape of a National Police University.

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The Assam Rifles at 180 Humanitarian and Professional Achievements by Col Rajiv Krishan

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Author: Col Rajiv Krishan
Over the years, Assam Rifles has become a part of the lives of the people of the region and the men of the Force have managed to win the hearts and the minds of the people. The Assam Rifles’ tally of military decorations is a peek into a glorious history. These include decorations awarded for extraordinary bravery and courage, as well as distinguished service during times of war and peace.

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