The security factor
Of Internal Security and the emerging dimensions
IMPRESSIONS BY BINOO JOSHI
There is a multiplication of threats. More threats are coming. And, internal security is under more threat than ever before. So far, the internal security has been measured in terms of militancy, sleeping cells and so on. Now it is the turn of the social networking sites that is causing problems for the men assigned with the task of keeping things under check. All these dimensions would multiply further in the near future, because that is how the threats have indicated till date. The future is becoming more and more uncertain as the mandarins dealing with the internal security are dealing with a set of problems that relate more to the 20th century than the current one.
For example, Jammu and Kashmir is a fit case for a case study on the internal security. Although its origin lies in the first half of the 20th century, yet it has spilled over to the 21st century – one tenth of which has already found its place into the history Two major factors are responsible for this, because during most of the 20th century, it was a cloak and dagger game and a war hysteria was a dominant factor on two sides of the border after the Partition in 1947. Reams of papers have been wasted in a blame game between India and Pakistan as to who of the two are responsible for the tragedy that has struck this beautiful place That part of the history has been allowed to prolong and enter into the minds of the children born in 21st centuryThey may be 10 or 11, but they know that they are children of a conflict zone. Conflict is like a umbilical chord for them, which the doctors and nurses have been unable to cut and bring out the children on their own, in new atmosphere.
As the world today faces complex problems – the economic distress, increasing frustration over the massive political corruption, the 21st century’s children are being told more about Iran’s nuclear programme and how it can destablise the whole of the Middle-East, or Iraq, where the people are yet to see an end of the war, forced on the country by the USA in 2003 on some false intelligence reports, and closer home, Afghanistan continues to struggle to find a toehold of stablity. So, what has changed in Jammu and Kashmir is that its internal security has changed from the happenings within to the developments, unfortunate ones, to the crisis outside of it. This is time to reflect as to why this is happening and with what objectives.
The very definition of the internal security and its dimensions have undergone a sea change. Instead of resolving the issues, the focus is on how to foresee more threats and their fall out. Instead of limiting the nature of the conflict and tackling the internal security issues, across the table, the 20th century methods are being applied in 21st century. At the time of the writing this Article, there is a vague idea as to what Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of Jammu and Kashmir would be stressing: revocation of the special powers of the security forces, reduction of footprints of the men in uniform, better deal for the special police officers, more battalions for the state police. That’;s a standard operational procedure at all the internal security meetings, whether held in the cool climes of the Kashmir Valley or sweltering heat of New Delhi. The places are different, but the ideas are old.
Jammu and Kashmir has more problems than those seen on the table. Its primary objective, which the political leaders across the country must recognise, is to get rid of the tag of the conflict. And this also is true that it wouldn’t vanish without serious efforts in that direction. The revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act or demilitarization, dismantling of bunkers are footnotes of a chapter that is seen by the people within and outside of the state. The problem will not disappear, and the internal security would remain an issue, unless some specific direction that generates hope for the youth is given. This is the task that neither one individual or group of individuals sitting in the conferences can resolve. It demands serious intention from macro to micro level and the beginning can be made in schools. It has to be understood that, somewhere, some bold steps are needed by bridging gaps between those seeking perpetuation of the conflict and those seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict, not just by lip service but by actions and those, too, positive ones.
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