People’s Participation In Security Apparatus
Raghu Raman is a veteran in security apparatus, with over two decades of experience in security and IT and is currently the CEO of National Intelligence Grid. He started his career with the Indian Army. During his 11 year stint with the army, he was in active combat in Punjab batteling terrorists, the Siachen glacier facing Pakistani troops, a UN peace-keeper and finally an instructor teaching leadership and tactics to officers at the prestigious school of Armoured Warfare. After quitting the army, Mr. Raman joined the Mahindra Group in 1998 as the Head of IT at Mahindra United World College. Over the next few years he led various group companies in his capacity as CEO of FirstChoice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI (a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace). In December 2009, he was asked by the government to establish and lead National Intelligence Grid.
Everyman’s War is a collection of essays of Raghu Raman, which he wrote for MINT, as a column on security. Through these essays, he describes our participatory role in securing ourselves and our future generation.
Terrorism, defence and the matter of internal security are extremely dangerous issues which are very closely guarded in India. Recent outrage over safety of women and terror took centre stage, but there continues to be limited access to information on the matter of national defence and security- especially in a language that people can understand. Raghu Raman, an expert on security and terrorism presents issues of defence, strategy and national security in an engaging narrative, with historical and contemporary examples.
This book is forwarded by former NSA and West Bengal Governor, T.K.A. Nair. He emphasises -“the compilation is an easy read, and the author displays considerable prescience in the way he has analysed certain situations”.
N.R. Narayan Murthy, Executive Chairman, Infosys, also praises the book. He says that it is a book that challenges a reader’s thought-process about war, its causes and its consequences.
In his book, Raghu Raman tries to emphasise that national security should not be the sole responsibility of a particular set of ministries or departments. He further explains the need for implementation of structural changes to deal with the problem.
In his first chapter, “Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare”, Raghu Raman tries to describe the nature of danger in the form of terrorism for the nation. He also tries to articulate citizen response in countering terrorism.
Through his second chapter, he underlines the lessons to be learned from the armed forces. Describing various factors for involving armed forces in countering terrorism, he makes his case for involving people from armed forces in the corporate world.
Third chapter of the book emphasises the need for understanding national security and people’s role in safeguarding it. This chapter underlines the fact that raising social awareness is the first step towards creating a safe environment.
Everyman’s War is a collection of essays, which put stress on the participatory role of people in protecting their own environment. People participation and their knowledge of the danger lurking ahead are key to fighting terrorism.
By Nilabh Krishna