Economic, external security are equally important: Lt Gen Thodge
   Date :05-Sep-2019

Lt Gen Ravindra Thodge (centre), Lt General S L Narsimhan, Lt Gen R N Singh, Lt General Vinod Khandare, Major General A P Bam and others are also seen at the seminar (Pic by Anil Futane) 
Business Bureau :
TO highlight the contours of prevailing national security environment with a view to have overall scan of impeding security issues and related solutions to ensure India’s strategic security in all domains of warfare, Vidarbha Defence Industries Association (VDIA) organised a one day seminar on ‘India’s National Strategic Security’ in association with Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) on Wednesday. The galaxy of speakers were Lt Gen Ravindra Thodge, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, (Retd.) Chairman VDIA; Lt General S L Narsimhan PVSM, AVSM, VSM National Security Advisory Board Member; Lt General Vinod Khandare PVSM, AVSM, SM Military Advisor to NSA; Air Marshall R C Bajpai PVSM, AVSM ( Retd); Col Jayant Pendse ,SM; Major General Sanjeev Khanna, Lt Gen R N Singh Chairman of FANS. Opening the discussion, Lt General Ravindra Thodge, said “National security has become a buzz word. National security is a phenomena by which nation retains its identity, values, ability to pursue higher quality of life.” Pointing out global risks, Lt General Thodge said, “Worsening international relation and geo-economic tensions are most urgent risks the world faces today.
Worsening international relations are hindering collective will to tackle the concerns.” At the same time, he said, India is among the safe places as compared to world, in context of communal hatred, income discrepancies. “If we look at the global index of crime against women, India is ranking at 73 position. However, it is highlighted as we are at the top position,” he noted. He also informed that rapidly evolving cyber and technology threats are significant blind spots. Lt Gen Thogde also explained that battle for 5 elements will be earth, water, fire (energy), air and space. He said, “Future battle fields will not be only at borders but it will enter our homes.”
He emphasised that economic and external security are equally important. Lt Gen R N Singh Chairman, FANS said, it is necessary to pass the message of national security to the people. “FANS is an voluntary organisation which has taken up the task to make people aware and integrate on national issues.” He said, the approach of people have changed towards historical important places after the initiatives taken up by FANS. “We are starting our second chapter in Nagpur after Mumbai. Mumbai chapter is among the most active chapter along with Chhattisgarh. I am sure Nagpur chapter will also be an active chapter.” Major General A P Bam, SM, VSM (Retd) welcomed the guests while Dushyant Deshpande conducted the proceedings.
The other sessions were China overview which was addressed by Lt Gen S L Narsimhan PVSM, AVSM, VSM National Security Advisory Board Member. The session on Air Powerness of India vis a vis China and Pakistan was addressed by Air Marshall R C Bajpai PVSM, AVSM ( Retd). The session on insurgency in India was addressed by Col Jayant Pendse, SM. The session on Defence was addressed by Maj Gen Sanjeev Khanna. Maj. Gen Anil Bam, SM VSM made the concluding remarks.