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COUNTER TERROR AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS FOR INDIA

 
  Counter terrorism awareness and approach to combat threat to business disruption  
 

With new security threats received continuously globally, IPPAI & Aviation Watch initiated a one day conference on ‘Counter-Terror &Security Solutions for India’, at the Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi. The conference aimed at spreading awareness amongst citizens and businesses about global practices on counter terror measures, with a special focus on energy and infrastructure facilities. This is the first time a counter terror initiative of this nature and magnitude was undertaken to address the overarching issues that are affecting the world. The conference deliberated on a broad understanding of terrorism, an overview of the threat scenario with specific focuses on Games Security in the wake of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, Business disruptions including an analysis of Threat perceptions, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in areas as diverse as Corporate Security, Cyber Security, Aviation Security, Homeland Security, Police Counter Terror measures and Public Private Partnership endeavors to Counter Terrorism. The sessions concluded with a special session on the ‘Responsibility of Media’ with the keynote by Mr. Raj Chengappa, Managing Editor, India Today. The day saw eminent experts and professional from across the globe speaking on the sessions like Maroof Raza, Mr. Prem Shankar Jha, Mushirul Hasan, Darshak Hathi, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Lt. General V. Patankar, Brig. Pradeep Sharma (Rtd.), Leo Glesser, Dr. Jack Zhang, Col. Sandeep Sudan, Yechiel Barazany, Richard Bingley, Sanjay Bahl, S R Mehra, R Swaminathan, Amit Desai, Brett Lovegrove, V P Kapoor, D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Kingshuk Nag, Raj Chengappa and Muzaffar Ali. Addressing the session Understanding Terrorism, Mr. Harry Dhaul, Director General, IPPAI said, “It was necessary to assess vulnerabilities and review the threat perceptions. Global experience shows that the ideal strategy to counter terrorism is ‘Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare”. “Terrorism is a grave menace and had no historical or contemporary justification in a civilized society; it is distorting of the Islamic message despite its universalistic and humanistic qualities”, rued Mushirul Hasan. Supporting him further, Mashroof Raza said that, “The Jehad was a term loosely used for justifying terrorism. However, “By loosely calling terrorists as ‘Jehadis’ was in fact working to their advantage and it was important to isolate and thereby alienate them”, pointed Maulana Mahmud Madani. The world faces a very real threat of ‘nuclear terrorism’ from hard line groups and it is not easy to put in force measures to meet nuclear contingencies. Maulana Mahmud Madani insisted that communalization of society through hate propaganda to meet political ends also needs to be treated as terrorism to safeguard India’s composite secular structure. Mashroof Raza added that it was not comforting that ‘India inclines towards complacency’ and that agencies should share intelligence and not works in isolation. It was important to get to the root of the problems that has led to the mushrooming growth of terror outfits. There was not only a need to reinstate the liberal, enlightened and secular discourses to lead a civilized existence and to undertake inter-faith dialogues across cultures and societies but also there was a need for a behavioral change in the mindsets of people and to change perceptions. Lt Gen. V G Patankar said, “That a terrorists’ method is a ‘tactic’ of intimidation to impose beliefs, ideologies and dogmas, built on an aura of invincibility”. He further said that apart from the attacks that one faces from a terrorist over land, sea and air the new world is exposed to 3 new domains of ‘sub-surface, space and cyber’. He said, “That security forces could kill terrorists but it’s the people who can kill terrorism”. One of the speakers, Mr. Prem Shankar Jha pointed that, “there was a failure to cohesively act on credible intelligence among the various agencies that had led to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. The intelligence was not collated and, in some instances, even not shared with the Maharashtra government to act upon. There was a lack of co-ordination during the stand-off amongst the NSG and the STF since they operated under the control of the center and the state, respectively. He added that there was a need for “lateral networking” among the agencies and for sharing of reliable data and intelligence between everyone who needs to know. Adding to this Lt. Patankar suggested that there should be a setting up of a 3 tier organizational structure to act at local, regional and national levels and that there was no need to activate the NSG as a first course of action. Brig. Pradeep Sharma spoke on the issue of Corporate Response to terrorism. He said, “The genesis of terrorism is the conflict of economic interest that has left parts of the world disgruntled; that there are 174 registered terror groups in India and that it has to contend with the fire around and the volcano within with real threats from groups like the Naxalities, Bodos and Ulfa elements in the country”. He further added that profiling and human mapping has been found successful wherever introduced and that it was an option for India to successfully identify and tackle the problem of terrorism. He lastly asked, if Indians were really nationalists and fixated with self over the country?

About IPPAI

IPPAI is a neutral, apolitical and an independent body which provides a neutral forum for discussion and examination of policy and regulatory issues, critical to the development of the Indian Infrastructure. Set up in 1994, a pioneer in the field, aims to bring together the energy sector, covering the entire gamut of power related issues in an unbiased manner that promote energy efficient and self reliant India. IPPAI has had the pleasure of bringing together all the players in the energy sector, policy makers (both central and state level), Electricity Boards, Financial Institutions, Various Ministries, Power developers, Indian companies, Multi National companies, Power Equipment Suppliers,EPC Contractors and consultants. IPPAI has conducted over 100 workshops, round tables, energy summits, and International Conferences featuring a wide range of subjects from – Overcoming Power Shortages ( Harnessing Captives and Open Access), How To Maximize From The Sale Of Surplus Power, Captive Power Series, India Energy Mart( Energy Security and Grid Connectivity), How To Maximize Profits Through Energy Efficiency to our Regulator’s Retreat which manages to attract tremendous attraction; is a series of initiatives that endeavors to unite policymakers and regulators at the Central and state Level, along with other stakeholders to provide much needed platform for discussion. We have been profusely supported by The Ministry Of Power and Central Electricity Authority. (can elaborate on the conferences info) At the core of our Initiatives are our industry acclaimed conferences that not only focuses on current energy affairs but pave way for path breaking and progressive ideas and solutions. IPPAI has witnessed the presence of high Caliber key decision makers and opinion makers across business and government providing excellent networking and branding opportunities. Some of the highly esteemed speakers and participants include Mr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India, Mr. Narasimha Rao, Fmr Prime Minister, India, CEO of Suzlon, V. Subhramaniam, Sec Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sources, Devender Singh,Joint Sec, Ministry Of Power, Mr. Anil Razdan, Fmr Sec, Ministry Of Power, Ajay Mathur, Dir Gen, BEE and key top officials from Tata Power Corp Ltd., Jindals, CERC, MPERC, GERC, Reliance Energy Trading, PGCIL, IEX, The Godavri Sugar mills Ltd., Torrent Power Ltd., Ispat Energy Ltd., Ernst n Young and NTPC to name a few.

 
 

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