What are India’s Internal Security Threats – Part I
Everybody knows and acknowledge the fact that both our neighboring countries pose a serious threat to India’s national security. The CoAS on multiple occasions re-iterated that the Indian Armed Forces are ready to face the two-front war, if the situation so warrants. What many of us fail to understand is that the biggest threat to national security does not arise from over the borders but from within our geographical boundaries. This internal threat is perhaps the biggest challenge which the Indian Union is facing in recent times.
When India gained independence, Pt. Nehru assumes the seat of the first Prime Minister of India and Sardar Patel as the first Home Minister. The Congress Party was happy to rule the land. But there was another party which the Congress has to please. The great Communist Party of India.
Founded in the year 1920, the Communist Party of India (CPI) was instrumental in controlling the various labor and subsequently the students’ unrest in India. They spoke against the ‘jagirdari’ system and land acquisition. Slowly the Communist Party started to become the voice of the poor and downtrodden.
The leader of the party was quick to understood that to maintain a cadre-based party, they have to shape the minds of the coming generations. Subsequently, the prominent institutions of the country started witnessing the rise of teachers and even head of the institution who were vested in left leaning ideology. Institutions like JNU, Jadavpur, Calcutta University or FTII, Pune and various other prominent institutions slowly fell into the ambit of leftist ideology.
So, what do we mean as Urban Naxals? Naxalism is the extreme (yet real) face of leftist ideology. Unlike the rural naxals who physically fight with the state, the urban naxals come under the guise of poet, teacher, writer, rationalist, human write activist, civil rights activists, environmentalists and what not. They provide the motivation, strategy, arms and funds to the armed naxals to fight against the country’s machinery.
It is very hard to catch and prosecute them because they do not directly break law and order of the land. Yet they are instrumental in break-India tactics. These people are extremely well funded. They have connections with the higher ups of the government. They have infected the administrative ranks of the country thanks to their education and acumen. These people have pan India footprints and are virtually connected to each other, helping out one another in the times of need.
Let me cite some examples. In January 2020, the Delhi police apprehended couple of JNU professors for questioning regarding last year’s student unrest in JNU. Subsequently, a very well-known Delhi based lawyer filed a petition of harassment in the Supreme Court to free those professors. A high paid Bollywood film actress flew from Mumbai all the way to Delhi in support of the students who were holding the university at ransom. For all we know is that the actress was paid an appearance fee to the tune of ₹ 1 crore ($136,000) from a London based businessman who is supported by the Pakistani spy agency. This gentleman has very cordial relationship with many Bollywood celebrities who were seen with him at multiple occasions.
In another incident, the son of a well-known film scripter (turned Urdu poet) attended the rioters to mark the solidarity of the anti-CAA protest. The subsequent riot that ensued, the Delhi police charged some jewels of JNU to instigate the riot. A well-known communist party youth wing leader also attended the protest. The said youth icon from JNU was given election ticket by Communist Party of India in the town of Begusarai in Bihar early last year (which he miserably lost). His candidature was supported and campaigned by that same prominent Bollywood script writer who is said to have no such connection with communist party and declare himself as an atheist and ‘progressive’ thought-maker.
See any commonality? There are hundreds of such examples. The point is to prove their inter-connectivity and how well-funded these people could be. Not only them. Some have the high proficiency to sway national and international politics. These are some journalists, electronic and print media owners and executive editors. Some are touted as authors and historians. These people spew venom in the domestic and international media to dent India’s short/long term policies for their personal and collective gains.
A small example to this type of people is a popular media personality who with his wife owns a TV news channel. Some reporters in this channel had made media headlines recently. His channel also came under financial agency’s (ED) scanner for alleged fraud committed by the owner. This guy is the son of a Bengali communist father and Christian mother. His sister is much touted author and social activist who supports the separatist of the Kashmir Valley and the infamous ‘tudkre tudkre’ gang. Both are of communist ideologies posed as liberals under the garb of Hindu surname but following Christian religion.
So, India pose a big security risk from these people who shares the common agenda to weaken the Indian Union from within so that it would ultimately implode. They utilize and exploit India’s fault lines both politically and socially. Rubbing salt to injury, these people make the common Indian citizens to fight among themselves on religious and financial lines. Fake news, fabricated incidents and intentional half-baked information are the tools of their attack. Current Indian laws does not have sufficient provisions to bring them into justice. They spew venom in the name of freedom of speech. Use social media to spread false information and hatred.
Indian society has to come and publicly call out these urban naxals, exposing their activities and underlying motives. Until and unless the common people pressurize the government to take steps against such individuals, these people will remain in the open and spill dirt against their own fellow citizens and exploiting the social fabric of this land.
In the next case, I will opine about another threat to national security which grips our nation but outside the ambit of Indian Army. You can also comment on any other aspect of national security that you consider critical in nature. Have a mindful thought, will you??