FIRM NO

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 11:30:03


INDIAN Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has firmly declared, “there shall not be boots from India on the ground” (in Afghanistan). There of course is a temptation of late to do so given the volatile situation and the desire of the Afghani and American leadership. Such temptation has been there for long.

But India has firmly resisted that temptation as under its well laid down policy India has never thought of taking direct interest in other countries’ internal or external security issues. However, under the changing geopolitical situation and since the Trump administration is keen on reducing physical US presence in that war-torn nation, there have been suggestions in various quarters that India should have some security presence in Afghanistan to bolster the fight against Taliban-led and Pak-backed terrorism in Afghanistan.

India of course is willing to play the critical developmental role in that country, which it has been doing all along. But indications are that the Trump adminstration desires a greater security role for India which Ms. Sitharaman has rightly scotched .


ANOTHER GIANT LEAP


SEVERAL eyebrows were raised when the then Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi had introduced computerisation in early 80s to modernise the country. Protests were organised by trade unions, who feared job loss on a massive scale due to computerisation.

The Government, however, did not buckle under pressure. And now, everyone has realised how useful computers are. A similar situation is being witnessed now with the Government giving a big push to digitisation and linking of welfare schemes with the Aadhaar identity system.

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had appealed to the citizens to go cashless as there was a cash crunch after demonetisation. As a result, even roadside vendors started using apps like Paytm and others to receive money. The positive effect of going digital, like computerisation, will also be visible soon. IT czar Mr. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, has appreciated India’s leap in digital technology. This should help people remove all doubts about the digitisation push.