Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jan 2019 11:31:40










IT WAS the need of time to forge joint fronts with afflicted parties to fight terror in all forms. In Asia, the scourge of terrorism has scorched not only India but a lot many central Asian nations that have been found wanting in appropriate security apparatus to deal with this menace. This reality attaches significance to the joint statement at the India-Central Asia Dialogue in Samarkand where five Central Asian countries have joined hands with India to fight terrorism. Stability and peace in form of a secure atmosphere is necessary in these countries for a sustainable economic development. Trade links and outreach to bigger economies of the world could be severely hampered if a joint force does not counter terrorism. Already, there have been increasing activities of Islamic State in alliance with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There is growing presence of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. This makes it essential for India to take a lead role and form a force to annihilate every potential danger in the region. And a right start has been made.



THE Central Government’s decision to construct strategically important roads along Sino-Indian border is vital from the country’s security point of view. The decision assumes importance in the light of the build-up in the form of roads, bridges and other communication infrastructure China has undertaken along the 4000 kms Line of Actual Control (LAC). This infrastructure stretches along five Indian border states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. The necessity of the roads along the Indo-China border was more pressingly felt when China tried to build a road in the disputed Doka La tri-junction. The stand-off between the armies of the two nations was the longest which emphasised the need for road infrastructure in the border areas along China border for quick movement of troops and other military paraphernalia. Though the stand-off has ended China continues to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure for defence thereby necessitating India to be on guard.