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India's internal, external security discussed by SWI

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 21 October 2010, 23:27 Hrs
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New York: Security Watch India (SWI), India's only security-centered non-profit organization, held a discussion on "Protecting 1.1 billion people: The framework and business opportunities" at the Harvard Club in New York.

The conference highlighted India's external and internal homeland security challenges and needs. The meeting featured eminent personalities like Former U.S. Ambassador to India Frank G. Wisner, Ajay Prasad, former Defense Secretary of India, Suhel Seth, Brand Advisor to Indian Railways and Board Member of Citibank and Coca Cola in India. They discussed ways in which terror is capable of interrupting and at times thwarting the economic growth in the country and provided preventive and reactive solutions. Areas of impact in homeland security as well as business opportunities in security for the US companies were also examined.

Wisner spoke about the shared common values of India and the U.S.; India's commitment to free market, India's commitment to rule of law and India's commitment to democracy. "India's strength is going to be important to the USA. Human resources, training, motivation, management techniques and technology have to be provided in a locally relevant context to the police forces. The capacity of terrorist organizations to harness financial resources and the technology to strike targets needs to be countered," emphasized Ajay Prasad. "Think locally to succeed in HLS business opportunities. Western thought is passed off as modern thought. When this reaches foreign shores, it is viewed as a Trojan horse", said Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, Chief Officer of India's largest retail chain.

"The events of 9/11 in the U.S. and 26/11 in India mark defining moments with epoch-making consequences. Implicit in these attacks is an assault on the larger idea and essence of free societies. Both countries need to work in a common endeavor to meet these challenges." pointed out Shyam Mehra, former Secretary of Security of Indian Govt. The conference also focused not just on the keeping the Indian agenda for vigilance in mind. The discussions showed how the market for homeland security in India was prearranged.

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