India desperately needs a reformer who has the gumption to carryout drastic reforms in the security structure and discourse.
India needs a leader who accords primacy to the security facet of economics and 'economic warfare' with adversaries and competitors in the international arena.
It is not difficult to find economic reformers in big markets like India, but 'security' reformers are neutralized by vested interests even before they emerge because of the economic dependency and parallel economy that 'instability' creates.
Sardar Patel has been the only exception to this truism for too long now!
Image: Purno Agitok Sangma, along with tribals of Gujarat state and politicians, waves a bow and arrow at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Ahmedabad on July 6, 2012.
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RSN Singh is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research and Analysis Wing, or R&AW. He is the author of two books: Asian Strategic and Military Perspective and Military Factor in Pakistan.