HYDERABAD: Koutilya’s Arthashastra defines that a state could be at risk from four kinds of threats - internal, external, externally-aided internal and internally-aided external. The present internal security scenario of India has a mix of all these shades as visualised by Koutilya, said 1959-batch retired IPS officer Padmashri Prakash Singh. Prakash Singh earlier served as the DGP of Uttar Pradesh, Assam and also in the Border Security Force.
Speaking at the 20th Prof S Venugopal Rao Memorial lecture organised by Rao Bahadur Venkata Rama Reddy (RBVRR) Telangana State Police Academy Tuesday, Prakash Singh delivered the lecture on ‘Police Reforms and Internal Security.’
Prakash Singh said the country was facing internal problems from independence. Explaining about how India faced insurgency in Northeast, the Left-wing extremism, the Khalistan movement in Punjab, Prakash Singh said the emergence of ISIS in the Middle East and its concept of Caliphate has given a new dimension to the terrorist threat.
Regarding police reforms Prakash Singh said police-population ratio has to be enhanced. Half a million vacancies are to be filled up and the shortfalls of transport, communications and forensics need to be made up.
Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma said he is proud of Telangana State police who are successfully facing of multi-dimensional challenges with their efficiency and working style of the police modernisation.
Dr Ish Kumar, Director of RBVRR TS Police Academy said there is lot more to learn from late Sri Venugopal Rao.