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  • Dr. Pushpita Das is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for details profile

    India’s Internal Security Challenges

    India has been facing multiple internal security challenges for more than 60 years. These challenges have assumed five forms: ethnic/tribal insurgencies in the North-East variously demanding secession or autonomy; left-wing extremism (LWE) seeking to overthrow the democratic political system; militancy arising out of perceived politico-religious grievances in Punjab; a combination of an insurgency actively fuelled by Pakistan and terrorism perpetrated by Pakistani terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K); and Islamist terrorism in the hinterland.

    April-June 2018

    Publication of the National Register of Citizens: a positive step, but what next

    Since the deportation of illegal migrants is not feasible, the only option before the government is to let them reside in the country on humanitarian grounds but after stripping them of all citizenship rights.

    January 04, 2018

    Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System: Issues and Challenges

    Implementation of high-tech solutions without adequately trained personnel is unlikely to help the Border Security Force achieve the goal of foolproof border surveillance.

    October 04, 2017

    Drug trafficking a challenge to India's security

    June 30, 2017

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Pushpita Das article on the menace of drug trafficking in India, titled ‘Drug trafficking a challenge to India's security’ was published in WION on June 30, 2017.

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    Illegal Migration From Bangladesh: Deportation, Border Fences and Work Permits

    This monograph examines the Indian government’s perspective on the issue of infiltration/illegal from Bangladesh. It analyses the socio-economic and political impact of the presence of a large number of illegal Bangladeshi migrants on the receiving societies within India.

    2016

    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

    Identity, contestation and development in Northeast India by Komol Singha and M. Amarjeet Singh

    Inhabited by numerous tribes and sub-tribes with fierce clan loyalties, the north-east of India has been plagued by identity-inspired insurgencies since independence. The first of these insurgencies was that of the Naga National Council (NNC) in the mid-1950s. Subsequent decades saw the outbreak of other, similar, insurgencies among the Meiteis, Mizos, Assamese and Boroks.

    September 2016

    Why a Central Marine Police Force is not required for Coastal Security

    Why a Central Marine Police Force is not required for Coastal Security

    Raising a Central Marine Police Force and wasting resources on their training and equipment is neither necessary nor advisable given that the country already has a central organisation to protect the coast – the Indian Coast Guard.

    June 21, 2016

    Settling border disputes with Nepal and Bangladesh

    Settling border disputes with Nepal and Bangladesh

    Given that the onus for settling the border disputes with Nepal and Bangladesh is on India, the Indian government has to demonstrate political wisdom in evolving political framework that would satisfy the national interests of both India and Nepal as well as win over the domestic opposition to the LBA.

    October 10, 2014

    Why Marine Police remains the weakest link in India’s coastal security system?

    Why Marine Police remains the weakest link in India’s coastal security system?

    Given that marine police has been exclusively created for coastal security, it is imperative that the force is adequately strengthened and for this to happen, it is incumbent upon the respective state governments to recognize the severity of sea-borne threats.

    November 26, 2014

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