Inaugurating the Hindustan Young Leaders Conference 2013 (HYLC 13) at the city-based KCG College of Technology recently, former DGP and TNPSC Chairman R Natraj spoke about the difficult balancing act required to be played by the armed forces and the police during times of insurgency. He said police need to be sensitised about the concerns of the public in order to gain the confidence of the affected parties.
Highlighting the distinction between a terrorist and a patriot, Dr Geeta Madhavan, advocate and founder member of Centre for Security Analysis, said that there was a clear line between the two, which, unfortunately, was being obfuscated by interested parties. Expressing her voice against curbing the freedom of the media, Dr Madhavan said that the media must exercise greater self-imposed restraint especially during times of national crisis. Both the speakers fielded a number of questions from the 13 delegates of HYLC in a lively interactive session. The inaugural session was presided over by Elizabeth Verghese, chairperson, Hindustan Group of Institutions.