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Armed forces should put their house in order

Harsh V Pant | August 21, 2008 | 12:05 IST

When the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations came out earlier this year, the reaction in the rank and file of the Indian armed forces was strongly negative as it once again felt let down by the political-bureaucratic establishment. The veterans came out on the streets to protest and the Indian army chief was forced to take his case to the President, much to the annoyance of the government.

The issues related to the Military Service Pay, the exclusion of the rank pay from the pay scale of officers leading to a lowering of officers' status, introduction of running pay bands were, among others, issues that caused a lot of consternation within the services, especially as it reinforced a perception that it's all part of a well-established pattern of behaviour on the part of their civilian masters.

Such turmoil within the ranks of any nation's armed services should be a cause for concern but in the case of India that aspires to join the ranks of world's major global powers this is a recipe for disaster. Some time back, I had written in these columns about the need for the government to take these concerns seriously and to give due recognition to the role that armed forces play in our society.

The government has now decided to implement a modified version of the Pay Commission recommendations and the service chiefs seem to have given their blessings to the proposed changes. The navy chief has been quoted as saying that the concerns of the armed forces appear to have been suitably addressed. One hopes these views are shared by the rank and file of the nation's defence forces.

If the top leadership is indeed satisfied with the government's response, then the onus now is on them to give the Indian defence policy a new direction, a trajectory that does justice to India's rising stature in the global inter-state hierarchy. Blaming the government for all the ills afflicting the defence sector seems to be becoming the default position within the ranks of the military, and taking this too far can be really dangerous for the liberal democratic ethos of this nation.

India's armed forces need fundamental reforms, a restructuring that enables them to operate with utmost efficiency in a rapidly evolving domestic and global context. The armed forces can begin by putting their own house in order.

A General's letter in anguish to the PM

It is true that big macro issues remain beyond the influence of the armed forces as they have to work within the strategic framework set by the civilian leadership. The Indian economy will have to continue to grow at high rates of growth if Indian defence needs can be adequately catered to. High rates of economic growth over the last several years have given India the resources to undertake its military modernisation programme and redefine its defence priorities.

India, which currently has the world's fourth largest military and one of the biggest defence budgets, has been in the midst of a huge defence modernisation programme for nearly a decade that has seen billions of dollars spent on the latest high-tech military technology. This liberal spending on defence equipment has attracted the interest of Western industry and governments alike and is changing the scope of the global defence market.

A country like India does not have the luxury to make a choice between guns and butter and high economic growth is the only solution that will allow it to take care of its defence and developmental needs simultaneously. India's own version of 'revolution in military affairs' will force it to spend much more on sophisticated cutting-edge defence technology and on trained manpower. Without sustained rates of high economic growth, this will become very difficult to achieve as the defence forces will find it difficult to make demands on the government for greater resources.

The other issue is of appropriate institutional frameworks that enable a nation to effectively leverage its capabilities -- diplomatic, military and economic -- in the service of its strategic interests. India lacks such institutions in the realm of foreign and defence policies. While the prime minister laments the paucity of long-term strategic thinking in India, his government has done nothing substantive to stimulate such thinking.

The National Security Council still does not work as it ideally should. The headquarters of the three services needs to be effectively integrated with the ministry of defence and the post of the chief of defence staff is the need of the hour for single-point military advice to the government. The fact that successive Indian governments have failed to produce a National Security Strategy is both a consequence of the institutional decay in the country as well as a cause of the inability of the armed forces to plan their force structures and acquisitions adequately to meet their future challenges.

Yet, the Indian politico-bureaucratic establishment is not the only guilty party here as the Indian armed forces also have a lot to answer for. Their top leadership has shied away from making tough choices about reducing manpower strength; about adjusting the inter-service budgetary balance; and about restructuring the nation's professional military education system. No military anywhere in the world gets all the resources from its government that it deems adequate but an effective military organisation should be able to optimise the use of whatever is at its disposal.

Resources alone, however, will not make Indian armed forces the envy of its adversaries. It is the policy direction that is set by the military leadership and the quality of training imparted to its manpower that will make the difference. The debate on the wide-ranging changes that India's defence set-up needs should have been initiated long back by the armed forces themselves.

The questions that need to be debated and answered include: Do we have a 21st century military in terms of doctrine and force structure? Have the doctrines and force structures evolved in line with the equipments that the nation's resources are being spent on? Do India's command and control processes reflect the changing strategic and operational requirements? Does the Indian military have the capacity to initiate military actions on very short notice and actually conduct military operations that result in something other than a stalemate, something that India might have wanted to do during Operation Parakram in 2001-02 but could not? Have the Indian armed forces got the balance between capital and labour right?

Though high rates of economic growth have given and will, in the future, provide greater resources for defence, the changing socio-economic milieu will also make it increasingly difficult to attract young men and women to the services. As a result the armed forces will have to find a way to strike a balance between growing manpower shortage and the easing of budgetary constraints. The services have no option but to modernise their human resources policy -- recruitment, retention, promotions, exit et al which will make a huge difference to the satisfaction levels of the rank and file.

The armed forces need to do some serious introspection if these issues are to be sorted out before it's too late. It is disappointing to see the service headquarters continuing to resist greater integration and inter-services rivalry continuing to be as vicious as in the past. When the army came up with the doctrine of Cold Start, it found no support for it in the other services. The other services may have had genuine concerns about the doctrine but they have made no attempt to reconcile their differences, underlining Indian operational weaknesses.

The government, meanwhile, can always point to the malaise within the armed forces as an excuse for not undertaking any meaningful defence reforms of its own. India, for example, finds itself in a peculiar position of having a Strategic Forces Command but no CDS, partly because of the differences among the three services.

The debate has got stuck on the issue of the CDS whereas the nation needs to be thinking seriously about integrated theatre commands, allowing the three services to share their resources and enabling a reduction of manpower at various levels. Today's military challenges can not be tackled without a real integration up to the command level.

India desperately needs a defence policy that can do justice to its rising aspirations and its armed forces need to rise to this challenge. It is time for the Indian defence forces to start producing men and women of intellectual leadership and administrative acumen that this time in India's history demands.

The armed forces face a choice: They can keep blaming the political-bureaucratic establishment and do nothing or they can initiate a process of internal reforms forthwith. India's future, in many ways, will depend on the choice that they make.

Dr Harsh V Pant teaches at King's College London

(Check out the original post at . Some of the comments posted make illuminating reading).

Commander indicted for submarine collision
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, August 21
The commander of an Indian naval Kilo class submarine has been found guilty of negligence that resulted in a freak mishap causing damage to the vessel.

According to sources, a court martial found Commander Narendra Kumar, commanding officer of INS Sindhughosh, guilty of causing damage to the vessel when it surfaced suddenly and collided with a merchant vessel on the surface. Commander Kumar has been penalised with six months loss of seniority.

The incident happened off the coast of Mumbai in January this year when the submarine rammed into Leads Castle, a cargo ship registered in the US. The vessel was participating in an exercise at the time of the incident. The submarine was said to be carrying its full component of missiles including Klub Cruise Missiles and torpedoes at the time of the mishap. However none of the 53 crew members on board were injured.

It transpired during the Board of Inquiry that Kumar had ordered switching off the vessel’s sonars as part of the exercise and the crew did not detect the cargo ship above it. Shortly after the mishap, the submarine managed to return to the base unaided. It was then sent for repairs, which took a month to complete.

War memorial near Guwahati in danger
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Jaswantgarh (Tawang), August 21
The war memorial at Jaswantgarh, about 500 km from Guwahati on way to monastery town of Tawang, reminds tourists of India-China war hero Rifleman Jaswant Singh and inspires the Indian soldiers guarding the frontier.

Ironically, a sizeable portion of the famous memorial of the India-China War of 1962 is about to give way under the pressure of landslide right under the nose of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) that is in charge of the entire road stretch from Bhalukpung (Assam) to the frontier.

Six soldiers of the 19 Gahwal Corps of the Indian Army who are at duty at Jaswantgarh, said one of the three bunkers at the site had already been damaged due to landslip while another was about to buckle under pressure.

“We have already informed the BRO about the threat posed to the memorial because of the landslide but apparently no preventive step has been taken so far,” said Naik Subedar Jagdish Singh who heads the team of the six soldiers at Jaswantgarh.

The war memorial is more of a place of worship for any Indian soldier. It keeps alive the heroics of one of the bravest soldiers in Indian Army, Rifleman Jaswant Singh of 4 Garhwal Rifle (No 4039009) who fought valiantly during the war against the invading Chinese forces and managed to held on to the post for 72 hours killing about 300 Chinese soldiers before he was grievously injured, captured and then hanged on November 17, 1962. He was awarded a Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) posthumously.

The memorial has a bust of Jaswant Singh, his portrait and other belongings.

No soldier passes the area towards the Sino-Indian border without paying obeisance to rifleman 'Baba' Jaswant Singh. For his caretakers, the Baba still exists. They make his bed, polish his shoes and deliver the mail sent by his admirers. The memorial has no electricity connection. It is lit up only for two hours in the evening through a generator.

Pak firing again at LoC
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 21
The Jhangarh forward post in Nowshera sector in Rajouri came under heavy firing from across the Line of Control today. Five 60 mm mortars were fired at in a span of 45 minutes starting at 6 am. The Army, however, exercised restraint and did not retaliate.

The Army PRO said, “There was no causality. We don’t know who was behind the attack.” The PRO did not rule out the involvement of militants in the attack as militants in Pakistan too possess 60 mm mortar gun which otherwise is a military weapon.

However, defence sources claimed it was the task of the Pakistani army. This is 27th incident of firing from the Pakistani side in the current year and ninth in the past four weeks.

Indian Navy to Take On US Ships in October War Games

New Delhi
Indian Navy ships will take on the US navy flotilla, led by its Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, in simulated war games and combat manoeuvres on the country's western seaboard from Oct 15-24.
With the Left parties no longer supporting the government, the 2008 edition of the games known as the advance Malabar exercise is expected to be less controversial.
"The US Navy will be fielding the USS Ronald Reagan, which has Carrier Strike Group-7 on board, the nuclear submarine USS Springfield, the guided-missile frigate Thach, the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley and USS Decatur and guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville," a senior naval officer said.
"Besides, the US Navy will also be fielding its auxiliary ships USNS Bridge," he added.
The USS Ronald Reagan, the US navy's newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, has started sailing from Japan and will reach India's west coast after calls in other countries. The USS Springfield will not be carrying any ballistic missiles.
The Indian Navy will not be fielding its lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat as it is undergoing a refit.
"From the Indian side, one Rajput class ship and the INS Talwar, INS Godavari, INS Brahmaputra, INS Betwa, INS Aditya as well as the Shishumar class submarine will take on the US navy flotilla," the officer said.
Shore based aircrafts -- the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) TU-142M of the Indian Navy and P-3C Orions from the US Navy and Indian Air Force fighter jets Jaguar, Indian Navy's Dorniers and ship borne helicopters Sea King, Kamov and Chetak helicopters -- will also participate in the exercise.
"We will engage in anti-submarine operations, submarine to submarine operations, flying operations, cross deck embarcations," the officer said.
"During the exercise, alternating control and command will also take place, under which the Indian fleet commander will take over the command of the US fleet and vice versa."
Last year, the Malabar exercise saw five countries taking part -- India, US, Australia, Japan and Singapore.
It was marred by controversy, with India's Left parties, which withdrew support to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government this July, vehemently protesting the joint drill and seeing it as yet another sign of the growing closeness between New Delhi and Washington.

Indo-US naval wargames on Western seaboard


New Delhi

Thu, 21 Aug 2008:

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): The 12th edition of advance Malabar exercise between the Indo-US navies will take place in the Arabian Sea from October 15-24, showcasing the increasing bonhomie between the two nations in the changing security paradigm.

The new Malabar series of wargames are being held shortly aer frontline Indian Air Force fighters, Sukhoi-30MKI took part in fighter exercises at the Nellis Air Base in the Nevada Desert of the United States, taking military cooperation between the two countries to a new high.

"The naval wargames will be complex in nature involving anti-submarine operations, submarine to submarine operations, flying operations and cross deck embarkations. The exercise will help in providing a greater value addition," a senior naval official said.

The US Navy flotilla will be led by one of the most powerful nuclear-powered super carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which has Carrier Strike Group-7 on board, in simulated war games and combat manoeuvres on the country's western seaboard from October 15-24.

"The US Navy will be fielding the USS Ronald Reagan, guided-missile frigate Thach, guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, nuclear submarine USS Springfield and USNS Decatur and Bridge, and guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville," a senior naval officer said.

"During the exercise, alternating control and command will also take place, under which the Indian fleet commander will take over the command of the US fleet and vice versa," the official added.

The Malabar series of exercise will also see participation by latest guided missile cruisers, destroyers and friates as well as long range maritime F-18 and Jaguar fighters.

One Rajput class ship and the INS Talwar, INS Godavari, INS Brahmaputra, INS Betwa, INS Aditya as well as the Shishumar class submarine will take on the US Navy ships in the exercise.

The Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) TU-142M of the Indian Navy and P-3C Orions from the US Navy and ship borne helicopters -- Sea King, Kamov and Chetak --will also participate in the exercise.

The USS Ronald Reagan has started sailing from Japan and will reach India's west coast after calls in other countries. The USS Springfield will not be carrying any ballistic missiles.

Last year, the Indian Navy hosted Malabar 2007 off the east coast in the Bay of Bengal with the navies of the US, Australia, Japan and Singapore participating in it.

The Left parties, which withdrew support to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government in July, vehemently opposed the Malabar 2007. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)

Undersea nuke ‘war’ with US

- Latest edition of Malabar naval exercises to include nuclear subs


Aircraft fly over the USS Ronald Reagan. The nuclear-powered supercarrier, which is as long as a 100-storey building is high, cannot be berthed at any Indian port. It will be in anchorage off Goa during the Malabar war games

New Delhi, Aug. 21: A mock encounter between a US nuclear-powered submarine and an Indian submarine is among a set of manoeuvres planned for the latest edition of the India-US “Malabar” series, a senior naval officer said here today.

The US flotilla from the Carrier Strike Group-7 with the USS Ronald Reagan, the latest nuclear-powered supercarrier, will be off India’s west coast for the Malabar war game from October 15 to 24.

The duel between the submarines that is at the core of the latest edition of the exercise indicates just how the India-US military engagement has been scaled up in intensity and complexity. Both navies now claim that they are able to operate jointly in a battle group.

The last edition of the exercise in the Bay of Bengal (September 2007) — which also had four other navies participating — became a political issue with the Left alleging it was part of a programme to integrate the Indian military with America’s ambitions.

The USS Ronald Reagan is on its way to replace the USS Kitty Hawk — which was de-commissioned in May — which led the US flotilla in the last war game.

India’s only aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, is not usable right now. The carrier is being put through a major refit to extend its life.

The USSN Springfield nuclear-powered submarine and the Indian Navy’s INS Shishumar — made by German firm HDW — will face off in the Malabar “encounter-ex” to test searching, tracking and killing capability. On paper, the nuclear-powered submarine is noisier — making it easier to detect — than the diesel-electric Shishumar, but it is more powerful.

The Indian Navy is understood to have refused to pit one of its quieter Kilo-class (or Sindhughosh-class) submarines for the exercise. It had refused to deploy a submarine in the last Malabar exercise though the US had sent one.

The Indian Navy’s Sindhughosh-class submarines have recently been equipped with Klub missiles from Russia. The Iranian navy is also known to operate Kilo-class submarines.

“The exercise will involve alternating command-and-control,” said assistant chief of naval staff (foreign co-operation) Rear Admiral Pradeep Chauhan. “For part of the exercise, the US rear admiral commanding CSG-7 will be in command and for the rest it will be our western fleet commander.”

The USSN Springfield is nuclear-powered and, technically, not classified as a submarine equipped to fire nuclear warheads. The INS Shishumar is classified as an SSK — a sub-surface killer.

The “encounter-ex” — in which the Indian and US forces will face off — is scheduled from October 15 to 17. During the harbour phase of the exercise, US vessels will be berthing or anchoring off Goa and Mumbai on October 18 and 19.

Manoeuvres after the harbour phase will include visit, board, search and seizure drills, naval air patrols, airborne early warning and strike missions of aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan and from shore-based Sea Harriers of the Indian Navy.

‘LoC firing part of militant game plan to spur hostility’

Statesman News Service
NEW DELHI, Aug. 21: Goons, who are indirectly fuelling violent protests in Jammu and Kashmir, have also been trying to instigate Indian and Pakistan troops to indulge in cross-border firing in the state, according to Intelligence reports.
“There was intermittent firing of mortar shells in Jhangarh area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district this morning. Indian troops exercised restraint and did not retaliate. There was no loss of life or damage to property in the shelling. Indian troops are alert all along the Line of Control (LoC) to foil any evil design of the enemy,” an army spokesman said. Intelligence officials said firing along the Line of Control (LoC), which has increased alarmingly in the past three months, is initiated by militants rather than Pakistani troops.
Militant outfits are upset with the cease-fire agreement and the relative peace along the LoC during the past 4 years and are inciting cross-border firing to increase hostility between the two forces, said a defence ministry official.
There were nine incidents of firing from the Pakistan side in the past two months. “And most of these incidents were apparently caused by militants, who want the Indian Army to retaliate,” said an Indian Army officer.
“We have understood their game plan and are maintaining utmost restraint and trying not to retaliate until it is absolutely unavoidable,” the officer said. In the nine incidents of firing from Pak side, Indian security forces have fired back only once after a security personnel died in the firing.
While in most of the cases the goons are using normal weapons, they are also firing from mortars and light machine guns and using rocket launchers, he said.

India Again Claims Border Cease-Fire Violation by Pakistan

By Steve Herman

New Delhi

21 August 2008

India says its troops along the Line of Control dividing Kashmir were shelled Thursday morning from the Pakistani side. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from New Delhi that it is the latest in a recent series of alleged cease-fire violations involving the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

India's army says at least six mortar shells were lobbed at its troops from across the Line of Control. An Indian military spokesman in Jammu says no soldiers were hurt and they did not retaliate.

The 750-kilometer long de facto border had been relatively calm for nearly five years since a peace process began between India and Pakistan. But there have been seven reported violations in the past month and more than 20 this year.

India contends that such firings by the Pakistanis provide cover for Islamist guerrillas to slip across the de facto international border to join a Muslim separatist rebellion that began in 1989 in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Kashmiri students held anti-India rallies Thursday in Srinigar to protest killings of Muslims by Indian forces during recent demonstrations.

In this latest border incident India claims one of its posts, 80 miles northwest of Jammu, was hit by mortar shells over a 45-minute period. The Indians say they are unsure if the firing was conducted by Pakistani soldiers or insurgents.

A Pakistani military official says there has been no report received of any incident along the line of control on Thursday.

Pakistan denies aiding the infiltrators into India, but considers them freedom fighters.

Colonel Satinder Saini, at India's Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis, says while Indian soldiers were restrained during the latest barrage, they could be provoked to return fire.

"In case the fire is effective or the security of a defended locality is threatened you may find that even Indian troops may retaliate, but nothing of any serious nature. It'll be kind of a controlled retaliation in response to any action by them but nothing beyond that," said Saini.

Colonel Saini, who previously commanded a battalion on the Line of Control, says he does not believe Pakistan's military is eager to increase tensions because of the domestic security challenges the Pakistanis are facing.

"The [Pakistani] army would not like to escalate the situation because all their reserves are committed at the moment in fighting violence and terrorism within Pakistan and on the western borders," he added.

Kashmir is divided into two parts, with India and Pakistan both claiming the whole of it. Three of their four armed conflicts since partition of the subcontinent in 1947 have been triggered by their dispute over the region.

Advanced intelligence needed to counter terrorism

Abu Zafar Mahmood

Bangladesh is promised in fighting against terrorism and also earned the goodwill of winning on this danger without any compromise. In this respect Bangladesh needs to develop it's intelligence services to go forward winning larger war. Are we ready to accept Bangladesh to face and fight stronger enemy of any terror form in future?
That's to be answered first.
Does Bangladesh need such capabilities? Answer should be limited primarily within two words; Yes or No.My answer is-Yes. Bangladesh must have capabilities of facing enemy & international intelligence activities at home and abroad for the security of its interests with no exception.
Is it a duty of the government of the Republic to detect the connection of foreign intelligence network of any form in power exercising corners including the political party, trade union, association etc that have the capacities to provoke and mobilise the public unrest in one hand and organise public opinion infavour of strengthening Bangladesh on the other hand? My answer; yes, it is the duty of the government.
Bangladesh government opened up a separate Intellegence bureau in Dhaka City in the police department in August 2008 that might be one of the reform programs of the present policy makers. It's area of activities specified in the political field. The bureau will collect the information on political activities of the country. The decision shows that Military intelligence or the Army is far from politics. The accusations on Army to interfere on politics will carry no attractions anymore. This proven again the attitude of professionalism of Bangladesh Army that they are not interested in politics at all except their profession and helped to wash out all doubts of Army interference in politics. It enlightens the image of Bangladesh Army.
We might continue debating on it. Here might get peoples also whose opinion in favor of abolishing Bangladesh military and not to spend finance for military matters. Bangladesh is so weak that cannot afford expanses of feeding the military. Indian Army is so strongest that might grab Bangladesh anytime even in presence of Bangladesh Army. It is never possible of fighting against Indian Army. So it is unwise and unworthy to maintain Army in Bangladesh -as some says.
Bangladesh Students Union(BSU) and Bangladesh Student League (BSL) including all pro-socialism, pro-Communism Student branches of political parties always have been campaigning in School, College and University Campuses since 1972 with the slogans, "Senabahinir Budget rokho-Seekkha khatey Budget Barao,"etc etc. These organisations were controlled by Indian Intelligence Research and Analyses wing-RAW through the Youths and Student leaders those were trained by RAW officers in India during the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.
We were the students in '70s. We also were trained the leadership training in Dehradun Military academy in India and campaigned on it following our Central and national political leaders after liberation. Our leaders like other party leaders patronised student followers to form arms cadres arming the courageous and dedicated brilliant students. So politicians turned the educational campus into musclemen recruiting camps, drug distributing place, smuggling materials carrying agents and pimps contact centers. Thus gradually the youth muscle cadres were formed under the command of Ex-Student leaders. In this situation the educational atmosphere totally collapsed in Bangladesh and the students became frustrated on their future and day by day started becoming the burdens of their family against their intentions.
Political leaders did not care to grow and train intelligence agencies for getting clues of anti- country activities inside the country and did not feel of establishing intelligence in abroad of looking after the interests of the country. Political government focused their activities on the magic of political speech of accusations to the rival party. They were engaged of cashing the credits of encountering political party forces through their party muscles and fulfilling the assignments of the foreign intelligence guardians. Politics became the source of becoming rich persons through unchallenged corrupt ways.
In the meantime the founder president Bongo Bondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Liberation wartime and Founder Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed and other politicians were assassinated.Lots of war heroes were assassinated including another President and sector Commander Major General Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam.Is it possible without the knowledge of RAW any power can make it happened?
Who divided Bangladeshis into pieces and engaged them fighting and killing each other for these long long years and pushed Bangladesh in the door of Civilwar? Why "Mujibbad" is no more the slogan of Mujib followers? Why "Scientific socialism" is no more the slogan of JSD? Who are RAW trained leaders behind these all killings and Sabotage against destroying a generation of wealth? Who will compensate the loss of millions valuable lives of freedom fighters and brilliant students who were killed for supporting and following these political magic?
Why all the times all governments of the Republic were unstable and the crime and corruptions went together with politics? Who will compensate for the frustrations of the dedicated politicians and party nominations for elections were sold to corrupt peoples and used the elections as the festivals of the corrupts and anti-Bangladesh agents?
Definitely all political peoples can't be accused for crime. Most of the politicians are reasonable. They like to find democratization in the country. But majority politicians are true democrats to the public and loyal slaves of their party leaders in Bangladesh .
For this double standard habit and expertise our politicians scare to come under the real systems of fare answering to the peoples. They can not accept that nation know the real picture of them. Some senior politicians shown unhappiness and criticized against the open up of the police intelligence team after the politicians. But the real dedicated politicians who love to sacrifice for peoples and confident on themselves don't care for the intelligence or whatever. The politicians who don't depend on corrupt sources of income, are not in Anti-Bangladesh payroll, have no cause of worriness. They silently welcome the Intelligence as they will be benefited through this step. The politicians support or oppose any agenda when it is helpful to them personally.
We know and everybody know as Serajul Alam Khan, respectable political thinker once told me in New York at his residence in Elmhurst in an answer of a question," If there is no corruption then who will donate us for running our political campaign?" He was sincere in saying the truth, I will comment. But he did not hide in hiding the dream of the whole nation.
Bangladesh is no more a traditional easy going simple society. It is being changed in inside and is influenced by the global process in every moments. Lot of foreign nationals is becoming the part of Bangladesh society and Bangladesh politics. Immigration systems are contributing new elements of inquiries in our country also. The marriage of foreign nationals of different believes and religions with Bangladeshis and diversified trades and businesses contribute of bringing the unknown characters in Bangladesh too. Who can give you surety who is not a foreign intelligence member.
This is the age of terrorism. The global powers identified terrorism as the prior target to fight. United Nations have been fighting against terrorism of so many kinds across the world.
Bangladesh needs it's safety. India and other neighbors have been suffering from extremism and terrorism in their politics.Afganistan and Pakistan are already fighting against terrorism and facing troubles in growing economically. They are large countries. But Bangladesh with its small size and huge possibilities of growing super power in future with geopolitical specialties needs more cautious on fighting against terrorism and anti-Bangladesh and anti-Islamic sector of provocations that for keeping it under pressures.
On the other hand the new cold war between Russia and America already jump up hot recently. The military situation of the world is going out of control day by day .The situation of Kashmir also riotic. Indian Prime Minister Calls for Fight against terrorism in their Independence day on August 15th.The seven sisters political situation is going worst day by day at closer to Bangladesh Border.
The example of Bush administration in Iraq and Afghanistan is been repeated by Russia in it's bordering Country Georgia and South Ossetia. Russia and America already face to face on nuclear defense in Poland and Czech Republic . New messages are on the way. In the meantime Bangladesh has reasonable arguments to be more alert for Bay of Bengal and Indian moves in the Indian Ocean .
Under these circumstances, the eyes and ears of the Country must be kept open all-time. The Intelligence is the such tools of a nation .So, separately the Intelligence agency on politics by the Dhaka police department is a right step of the government.
We appreciate the separation in Intelligence functions as well as police department for stepping something difference then it's pasts and introducing new avenue in profession. It might help Bangladesh for taking pro-active measures in security and fighting terrorism.

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