Managing internal security is going to be a major challenge for the country, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Friday, as he asked the police force to train and equip themselves to tackle the “fourth generation” warfare with an invisible enemy.
Speaking after reviewing the passing out parade of the 67 RR (2014 batch) of Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Mr Doval said India cannot become a great and powerful country without managing its internal security.
“When you retire probably from 35-37 years from now, this will be an entirely new India. This will be an India, which will be a global power and it will be a big and great India, which will have great economic challenges, great economic opportunities and which will have much greater population, more opportunities and more problems,” he said.
Stating that India would face more internal security problems, Mr Doval said, “You cannot have a great powerful country if you cannot manage its internal security.
It is only the policemen who can fight this battle and win it. Train yourself to become powerful intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, as strong as possible you can.”
“You have to master the technology. The biggest challenge will be now if you have to fight and win this fourth generation of warfare, whether it is organised crime, terrorism, insurgency or foreign powers trying to meddle into your internal affairs you have got to be demonstrative.
“From normal policing to crime detection, organised crime, management of borders, cyber security, banking frauds… acquire lot of knowledge and skills,” Mr Doval advocated.
“Now it is a war of a policeman, as civil society is mostly affected. If you win, the country wins. Many countries are collapsing with internal security problems. Only police can fight and win the battle,” he said.
According to him, in the post war period, 37 countries have failed or have degraded themselves. Out of that only nine were due to external aggressions while 28 degraded themselves or became a failure because they could not manage their internal security.
“Whether it is Pakistan or even for that matter erstwhile Soviet Union,” Mr Doval pointed out adding internal security is most important.