New Delhi: India’s security policy was either ‘affected or overlapped’ with its foreign policy, and the country only received an independent security plan when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah (July 17).
Shah was giving the ‘Rustamji memorial lecture,’ which was attended by Border Security Force personnel and officers (BSF).
He also presented heroism awards to serving members of the country’s largest frontier force as well as those murdered in the line of duty.
I used to wonder if this country has a security policy or not. “We didn’t have an autonomous security policy till Narendra Modi became Prime Minister,” Shah stated.
He explained, “It was either impacted by foreign policy or it overlapped with foreign policy.”
He went on to say that when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, the country developed its own security policy.
“Our goal is to have peaceful ties with everyone,” Shah added, “but if someone disrupts our borders or undermines our sovereignty, the priority of our security strategy is to respond in the same language.”
“I believe that without this (security policy), neither the country nor democracy can grow,” stated the interior minister.
“Modiji (the Prime Minister) has completed this important task. I’m not going to give any instances since they’re all well-known “He went on to say that his government had put the strategy into action on the ground.
Shah also stated that his government is striving to ensure that by 2022, “no gaps in the fencing” will exist along India’s borders.
He claimed that around 3% of the country’s border was now unfenced, leaving a “large vacuum” for terrorist infiltration and other border crimes such as smuggling of arms, ammunition, and narcotics, among others.
India will soon create indigenous counter-drone technology, according to the home minister, which is being carried out by technological organisations such as the DRDO and other authorities.
His remarks follow the first-ever drone strike on an IAF station in Jammu last month, in which two unmanned aerial vehicles dropped bombs, injuring two airmen and causing damage to a portion of a building inside.
The security and technology development establishment was also working on artificial intelligence and robotic technologies as part of a long-term project, according to the minister.
The BSF, which has roughly 2.65 lakh men, defends over 6,300 kilometres of Indian border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The annual memorial lecture and investiture event honours the contributions of the organization’s first chief or director general (DG), K F Rustamji.
Rustamji, a member of the British Imperial Police’s 1938 batch, led the BSF for nine years. In 2003, he passed away.