With the increasing spread of insurgency, Maoist and Jihadi terror, the space for peaceful economic growth is shrinking. Much of the areas earlier considered tranquil are now losing much of their peace and poise. This is despite the fact that in terms of number of personnel, the central armed police forces (CAPF) now exceed the strength of the Army. Increased numbers have however not mitigated the level of fear and terror.
India therefore needs to create a new internal security structure for which there need to be a vibrant discourse in the political class, strategic community and within the security establishment.
Without resolving this question, the Indian State will continue to flounder in providing security to its people in a comprehensive and enduring manner. We must remember that security and economic development remain two sides of the same coin.
Image: A member of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) stands guard during a one day strike on India's 66th Independence Day in Srinagar on August 15, 2012