Cross border, internal threats top priority list

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Internal security would be one of the biggest challenges for the new Narendra Modi government dealing with threat both from within and externally. While cross border terrorism, both by state-sponsored and non-state actors, will have to be dealt with an iron hand, home grown terror particularly the Naxalite menace would be another focus area for the internal security apparatus.

There is already talk among top government circles that some intelligence and security agencies should be merged with a single chain of command under an effective national security adviser.

For instance the BJP has already hinted at revamping the national investigation agency, which was formed post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks with much hype but has failed to live up to its expectations.

Former senior intelligence and security officials, some of them closely associated with the BJP, are of the view that there should be an effective and actionable intelligence grid rather than having multiple agencies. Most agencies are busy trying to out do the other rather than providing critical inputs on counter terrorism.

There is already talk that former chief of the intelligence bureau AK Doval is likely to be the new national security adviser. Widely regarded as one of the most respected names in the country’s internal security apparatus, this former Kerala cadre IPS officer has dealt closely with militancy issues in Kashmir valley and the North East.

Doval was also actively involved in dealing with militancy in Punjab and played a key role in Operation Thunder to flush out militants from the Golden Temple complex.

One of the few police officers to be awarded the Kirti Chakra, Doval is known as the key operations man in intelligence agencies known to have delivered results even in adverse circumstances.

The new dispensation at the centre is already said to be drawing out a uniform Naxal policy to be followed by the states and the center.


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