‘Subverted, divided, manipulated’: Civil society new frontier of war, says Ajit Doval

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National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday pointed out that the new frontiers of war is the civil society that can be manipulated to hurt the interests of a nation.

NSA Doval made the remarks while addressing the passing out parade of the 73rd batch of IPS probationers at Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

Addressing the ceremony, NSA Doval said, “the new frontiers of war, what you call the fourth generation warfare, is the civil society.”

“Wars have ceased to become an effective instrument for achieving political or military objectives. They are too expensive or unaffordable and, at the same time, there is uncertainty about their outcome,” Doval said.

“It is the civil society that can be subverted, suborned, divided, manipulated to hurt the interests of a nation. You are there to see they stand fully protected,” he added.

Congratulating the 132 officer trainees of the IPS batch and 17 foreign police officers from Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal, NSA Doval exhorted the young probationers to develop a national perspective to efficiently contribute their might to the nation’s service.

“You are for India and India is for you. Every other identity gets subsumed to this Indian identity,” he said.

He also highlighted the importance of technology as a frontier that officers need to excel in.


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