Saturday, March 6, 2010


7 March 2010


From Our Delhi Bureau

NEW DELHI: A pro-RSS Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) has
roped in former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar to
be the star speaker at a 2-day national security convention it is
holding at Haridwar from Tuesday.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has been writing
letters to the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers stressing that the
VVIPs should stay away from Haridwar during the ongoing Kumbh Mela as
their security becomes difficult during such a large congregation.

He is, however, himself part of the steering committee organising the
seminar as it serves the purpose of his party, the Bhartiya Janata
Party, to nail the UPA government for what it claims security
failures. A forum press release says the convention will be attended
by 700 delegates from all walks of life.

The forum, in fact, justifies its decision to hold the convention
during the fair period. Pointing out that the Kumbh Mela is the single
largest centuries-old uninterrupted non-governmental gathering of
civil society, it asks: "What other occasion and venue could be more
appropriate and ideal to deliberate and disseminate an important
message about national security?"

Issues debated over the two days are: Global security, regional
security, border and coastal security, internal security, Naxalism and
Maoism, North East and Kashmir.

Colour of the debate that will be taking place is reflected from the
galaxy of speakers, besides Dr Kakodkar, listed for the inaugural
session like Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Uttarakhand Chief
Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal 'Nishank', BJP MP Najma Heptulla, Nagaland
chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Lt Gen (retd) D B Sheketkar who is a
prominent face at BJP rallies and Swami Satyamitra Nand Maharaj.

Same kind of line-up is also for the concluding session on Wednesday
when the speakers include RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Lok Sabha deputy
speaker Karia Munda, Himachal chief minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal
and Swami Ravi Shankar of Art of Living.

Speakers listed for other sessions include former foreign secretary
Kanwal Sibal, former NCERT chief Dr J S Rajput, former Intelligence
Bureau chief Ajit Doval, and Pioneer editor and BJP executive member
Chandan Mitra.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, FINS said the convention will
focus on internal and external security of India that is in grave
danger. "This is matter of concern for common people as well as
security experts, and calls for an open and comprehensive debate at
the national level," it added.


1 comment:

BK Chowla, said...

I think it is a good initiative.
Kakodkar is a very respected man and in any case, the common man is really worried about security