Book Event: A conversation with Vappala Balachandran, author of Keeping India Safe – The Dilemma of Internal Security (Harper Collins India-2017)
World Bank’s “Global Economic Forecast” for June 2017 has projected Indian economy’s growth (2017-2018) to be 7.2 to 7.8%. Forbes has said that this would make India the fourth fastest growing economy in the world. India is also accelerating financial reforms through GST (Goods & Service tax) which would “integrate the country’s US$ 2 trillion economy with 1.3 billion consumers.”
This is unfortunate since India is expected to emerge as the most populous country in the world by 2030 with 1.5 billion population surpassing China, according to UN estimates. No Central government in independent India has recognized the relationship between the rule of law and development which was highlighted by the United Nations (UNDP) with 5 recognized goals of development in their “Post 2015 Development Agenda”. We have not reformed our institutions to implement these goals especially “Preventing, mitigating and deterring conflict, crime and violence”. No worthwhile economic or infrastructural development can happen if governments fail to control internal disorder.
The book examines how this system arose leading to serious internal security situations tearing the national fabric apart. It also offers workable solutions.
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