Opinion: D. C. Nath (President, Patriot’s Forum) – What Should Be India’s Responses To ISIS?

DC Nath SmallPresident of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…

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The IS Next Door << News analysis file 1


February 10, 2015
Dear Friends,


Subject: What Should Be India’s Responses To ISIS?


This should be a genuine question crying for an answer. An editorial in “The Indian Express” of February 9 seems to have attempted that.

First, the basic fact: “Even inside India, the impact of the IS’s new, ultra-violent jihadism is certain to be felt. The Afghan jihad and the Taliban’s triumph in Kabul gave birth to a generation of jihadists who let loose a crimson tide across South Asia; the IS has given their inheritors new hope of victory.”


Then comes the poser:


· “How should the government of India respond to this challenge? For one, the Research and Analysis Wing, as well as India’s Intelligence Bureau, are desperately short of the kind of language and technology skills that are needed — just as they were in the mid-1980s, when the first phase of Islamist terrorism began unfolding.”


The two basic requirements are:


· There has to be political cognisance that a communalised domestic politics is the toxic swamp in which Islamism breeds.

· Ensuring communal peace, by coming down hard on religious reactionaries who threaten it, is a national security imperative.


The Editorial has rightly says, “New Delhi needs to think hard about just what its role in the international effort against terrorism might be. New Delhi has long called for efforts against terrorists to be truly global — but, equally, has not been willing to put its shoulder to the wheel. For good reasons and bad, India has stayed away from involvement in foreign wars against Islamist terror, whether under the United Nations flag, like in Mali, or multinational efforts, like those in Iraq. New dangers must be met with new ideas — and the time to start debating them with seriousness is now.”


Friends, we tend to agree with the assertion that “new dangers must be met with new thoughts and ideas. We have read recently that questions have already been discussed among the police how to deal with certain situations not covered by the existing set of laws, meaning thereby the early need for some fresh sets of laws. Just as new dangers must be met with new thoughts and ideas, the operatives called upon to perform, may also need newer tools and training.



Your sevak,

D.C. Nath

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

(President, Patriots’ Forum)

Source: Patriot Forum

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