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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Border security or internal prosperity or both? 18 June, 2014
Shall resources be deployed for the growth of the country, or shall they be utilized for the border security - a vital question that can only be handled by a skilled administrator. It was remarkable to observe Mr. Narendra Modi’s participation with the armed forces of India and the encouragement that he extends.
While we all talk about raising the GDP, living standards, monthly wages, and domestic prosperity, we forget about the key driving factor of any nation- ‘Security’. What shall then be the approach of the administrator of the state? Let us discuss this aspect briefly and come down to a valid conclusion.

India could have attained better growth rate and productivity in case the East India Company did not dump foreign goods in India, and take away vital resources and production. The produce of India was exported at throwaway prices and was re imported at elevated rates for consumption in India. And almost everything that could have added to the permanent assets of the country was taken away.

What helped the British to develop such an extraordinary control in Indian affairs? It is quite clear that domestic prosperity would serve no purpose unless the produce and the borders are safeguarded.

Today’s newspaper talks about the illicit plan of Al-Qaida with a view to freeing Kashmir from India's control. Now, shall we only look forward to a leader who should work towards enhancing the productivity, or a leader who should also protect the residents and the land from any foreign invasion? Surely, equitable prominence will have to be accorded to both.

We appreciate when RBIs announce the lowering of interest rates and enhancing of caps on foreign investment; however when it comes to honoring the administrator’s decision of elevating the defense budget, or for that matter Section 370, we are rarely attentive.

While thinking of the inflated prices of commodities, we rarely pay heed to the illegal detention of the Indian soldiers by foreign nations. We are interested to know the pay scale of jobs in the private and government sector; however no one seems bothered to know the pay scale of the Indian armed forces.

And, it is sad to note that the urban youth never anticipates being a part of the armed forces and is lured to striking paybacks and perquisites of private jobs. Quite often, we disregard the policemen and presuppose their participation in unlawful acts. Change and that too in depth has to take place sooner than later.

It is evident that the country’s development is not secured unless deployment of funds and personnel for the safekeeping of borders. The inapt and sloppy outlook of the past governments discouraged the armed forces; however encouraged terrorists and external agencies to assume vulnerability of India towards violence and assault. The new Prime Minister has certainly boosted the buoyancy of forces and has passed over a tough message to extremists as well as rebellious countries. Balance will be the key to manage internal growth as well as security. And, equal involvement is desirable from the community for the sake of India’s integrity.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.
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