Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas
7) Discuss the need for Defense reforms in India. In what way do you think the coming of Minister for security in the Cabinet going to prove to be a gamechanger?(250 words)
Why this question:
The article discuses about forging national security, what way Defense reforms should be a priority, the most vital being the creation of a Chief of Defense Staff.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must first discuss the current conditions of defense system in India, need for reforms and how the coming of minister of security is a positive step in the right direction.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In a few lines discuss the importance of national security.
The answer must discuss the following:
Explain the issues around India’s national security and defense, the measures taken to address them ranging from setting up of Defense Planning Committee (DPC) to creation of national security strategy, international defense engagement strategy.
Then move on to discuss the concerns in dealing with security issues.
Bring out the positives of having created a dedicated minister for security, its significance.
Conclude with way forward as to how the country is in need of defense reforms and this is a right step in the right direction.