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  • An Analysis of the Internal Security Budget 2017-18

    For the financial year 2017-18, the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has been allocated Rs. 83,823 crore, a hike of around 11.5 per cent over that of the previous year. Though the Union government has been providing substantial budget support to the MHA to aid its reform and modernisation programs, the ministry’s efforts to bring about desired reforms have shown mixed results so far.

    February 21, 2017

    Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

    Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

    February 06, 2017

    Implications of a Complete Sealing of the India-Pakistan Border

    Instead of erecting static structures or walls with mounted electronic complements, a more dynamic mode of border management and surveillance may be expedient and cost-effective with concomitant mobile patrols by all-terrain vehicles, hovercraft, etc.

    October 18, 2016

    Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

    Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

    While a higher volume of trade through Petrapole should benefit both countries, this new ICP mechanism needs to be suitably leveraged to ensure that the north-east also derives benefits.

    August 02, 2016

    Stopping Illegal Migration from Bangladesh: Need for a Comprehensive Approach

    Stopping Illegal Migration from Bangladesh

    A comprehensive approach is needed to deal with the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh. All the affected states would have to adopt a uniform policy, in the absence of which any amount of effort is bound to deliver only partial results.

    June 24, 2016

    For Successful Implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh

    It is essential in the interest of economic development and smooth rehabilitation of the affected people that funds as part of a comprehensive financial package be devolved to the West Bengal Government at the earliest.

    December 29, 2015

    Border Fencing Will Not Stop Illegal Migration

    Border Fencing Will Not Stop Illegal Migration

    Unless fundamental factors such as vested political interests, economic compulsions and non-cooperation from Bangladesh are addressed effectively, illegal migration will continue to take place, fence or no fence.

    December 26, 2014

    Status of India’s Border Trade: Strategic and Economic Significance

    Status of India’s Border Trade: Strategic and Economic Significance

    Border trade is trade in local products of limited value by the people residing within a few kilometres on either side of the international border. Although the contribution of border trade in India's economy is negligible, it has substantial impact on its relations with its neighbours as well as on the people living on the border.

    Issues in the Management of the India–Pakistan International Border

    A discordant political relationship, three and a half wars and Pakistan’s material support for secessionist militants in the border states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir compelled India to harden its international border with Pakistan. An inward-looking economy and the absence of an imperative for regional economic integration also resulted in restricted movement of people and goods across the border. However, in the past decade or so, an emergent Indian economy coupled with both countries’ desire to engage themselves constructively have paved the way for softening the border.

    May 2014

    Internal Security Priorities for the New Government: Institutional Reforms

    Internal Security Priorities for the New Government: Institutional Reforms

    The IDSA policy brief looks into the complexity of internal security challenges and how best to deal with it. The brief suggests building a Centre-State synergy to cope with contemporary trends like increasing urbanization, growth of mega cities, demographic shift, rising expectations of the youth and social media.

    May 19, 2014

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