Revisiting India’s border security
Boundaries must be defended during conflict. In the Indian context, a great deal of significance is accorded to the function of defending or securing the boundary during war. Comparatively, little importance is given to the aspect of border security during peacetime.
Considering the vastness of India and its border, different border guarding forces are deployed. BSF is responsible for guarding India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, SSB for guarding the border with Nepal and Bhutan, and the ITBP along with the Indian Army guards India-Tibet border.
Despite the diversity, India’s border policy takes an identical approach in dealing with the entire border. There has been a significant increase in the use of technology for border guarding and similar approach adopted for all of the borders. Such an approach often limits the effectiveness of these technologies a condition in the border varies from one to another. Again, an emphasis is given to the development of border infrastructure. It is important that a pragmatic policy for border security is framed, factoring into solutions best suited to Indian conditions.
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Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow ORF
M.L. Kumawat, former DG, BSF and Special Secretary (Internal Security), GoI
R.K. Arora, Professor and Programme Coordinator, CPCS, SPUP
This event will be held in association with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Rajasthan.
The timing of the event is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.