NSA Ajit Doval Emphasizes Border Security's Impact on India's Economic Growth

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NSA Ajit Doval Emphasizes Border Security's Impact on India's Economic Growth

NSA Ajit Doval stresses the importance of border security for India's economic growth at the Rustamji Memorial Lecture, highlighting the need for continuous vigilance and advancements in defense capabilities.

India's National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, emphasized the critical role of border security in the country’s economic development during the Rustamji Memorial Lecture organized by the Border Security Force (BSF). Speaking at the 21st investiture ceremony, Doval highlighted that India's growth could have been significantly faster if its borders were more secure and defined.

Doval pointed out that secure borders are crucial for economic progress. He stated, "In the foreseeable future, I don't think our borders are going to be as secure as we will require for our fast economic growth. So, the responsibility on border guarding forces has become very, very heavy. They have got to remain on alert 24x7 in perpetuity. They have got to see that our national interests and country are protected."

Highlighting the importance of borders, Doval remarked that they define the sovereignty of a nation. He stressed the need for vigilance and continuous alertness by the border forces to protect national interests.

The government has prioritized border security over the past decade, during which India’s comprehensive national power has significantly increased. Doval noted that India is on a fast track of change and predicted that within the next ten years, the country will become a USD 10 trillion economy, making it the third largest economy globally. This rapid economic growth will be accompanied by advancements in high-technology sectors, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, and various areas of defense and security manufacturing.

Doval also highlighted India's progress in defense exports. The country, once a major arms importer, exported USD 2.5 billion worth of arms as of March 31, driven by the government's policy of self-reliance under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

Despite these advancements, Doval cautioned that prosperity brings both security and increased vulnerability. He emphasized that the elements contributing to national power, including the economy, geographical expanse, geo-strategic positioning, defense forces, and technological achievements, are all critical to India’s security.

In the broader context, Doval's remarks underscore the ongoing challenges India faces in securing its borders. These challenges are compounded by the complex geopolitical landscape, with disputes along the borders with both Pakistan and China. Enhanced border security measures are essential for safeguarding national sovereignty and facilitating uninterrupted economic progress.

India has been actively strengthening its border infrastructure and capabilities. The Border Security Force (BSF) and other agencies have been equipped with advanced surveillance technologies, including drones and satellite imagery, to monitor and secure the borders effectively. Furthermore, the government has undertaken numerous infrastructure projects to improve connectivity in border areas, ensuring rapid deployment of forces and resources when needed.

In recent years, India has also engaged in diplomatic efforts to resolve border disputes and enhance regional stability. However, the dynamic and often tense geopolitical environment requires continuous vigilance and adaptation of strategies to ensure border security and national sovereignty.

India's strategic position and its aspirations to become a global economic powerhouse necessitate robust border security measures. The country's comprehensive approach, combining technological advancements, infrastructural development, and international cooperation, aims to address these challenges effectively while promoting economic growth and stability.

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