National Security

National Security is of utmost priority for any nation. If a nation is not sound on the borders then the protection and safety of the people of the country is meaningless. There won’t be any faith left among the people of the country.

For a nation to stay safe, secrecy should be maintained. Intelligence agency like RAW is working so hard, revolving around counter-terrorism, secret operations and gathering external intelligence.

RAW became the primary cause due to which the secret successful test of India’s very first Nuclear weapon was possible. It was the main role of RAW to keep up to the secrecy while such activities were in action.

But when people are busy finding facts about it on Google, they are only able to see some publicised missions of RAW. While, factual information and secret objectives are not exposed. The amount of dedication they depict without being recognised is certainly commendable.

But on the other hand, we see these videos shared among the masses. How is it doing any good in maintaining the security of the nation? 

They are live everywhere, on TV, YouTube, then what is the point of secrecy or confidentiality?

If that is how we deal with the things, then Prime Minister’s office conversation should also be made live?

The rule applies for the Secret Military conversations too. Right?

Exposing videos or strategies will only prepare the enemy countries on how weak or strong we are as a nation.

Plans made by secret agencies for the welfare of the innocents surviving in the country should be made public too?

If that is the way to share the information, then the people all across the country who are blindly trusting the government to take care of their safety and security, is it justified for them?

As a nation India is peace loving country but it shouldn’t stay silent if it is being attacked by the neighbouring foes.

This was the aim of Pokhran Test, which was conducted 20 years back. Anil Kakodar, nuclear scientist, was also the director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, had also been dynamically involved in the nuclear tests of 1974. 

“I was also very concerned about India becoming a pariah state. A large country like India cannot remain a pariah in global order. We need to get integrated into the global order. So, that is why I very vehemently argued that we do one fission test and one fusion (thermonuclear) test at the same time. Then, of course, we had these smaller tests where we could try out several ideas and also demonstrate that we could control the yield the way we like.”

The best part of the Test was that even countries like United States and Japan were unaware of the activities taking place. In a conference, US senator Richard Shelby expressed the failure of CIA to detect the tests that were going on in India.

"the biggest failure of our intelligence gathering agencies in the past ten years or more”.

Many countries considered that India’s nuclear Programme was a threat to them but it was a case of ‘national security.’ Precisely voiced by the DRDO chief APJ Abdul Kalam, in a press interview.

Therefore, to retain national security, economy, environment and energy, all are to be taken care of. Making such pictures and videos live among the public will surely not help us in the long run. Safety of people is on stake, after all!

The story of Pokhran is also displayed in the movie Parmanu, where John Abraham plays the role of an IAS officer and suggests,

“Now it’s time for India to become a Nuclear State.”

They get a chance to perform nuclear tests in 1998, in the reign of the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpyee.

The movie is inspired by the true event although it has taken a few film making liberties, but beautifully depicts the incidents occurred.

The movie has a lesson to teach. The spectators are invoked with a feeling of patriotism, national pride and honour.