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New Delhi : Success of any nation state depends on how effectively it harnesses all available resources at its disposal, foremost among these being the human resource, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday.

Addressing members of the 55th course of National Defense College at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president said the role of the armed forces has also expanded far beyond traditional military matters with revolutions in military affairs and globalization.

“It is clear that future conflicts in the complex defense and security environment will require a more integrated multi-state and multi-agency approach. Preparing military leaders, police officers and civil servants to deal with the complex security environment will have to be addressed in a comprehensive manner,” he said.

Mukherjee said the present global environment poses numerous challenges to the world because of its dynamic nature.

He said the astonishing pace at which events have unfolded in the recent past could not have been foreseen a decade earlier.

The president said various organs of the state must understand the strengths and limitations of each other in a democratic system.

“Political leadership and senior civil services officers must be conversant with the capabilities and limitations of the defense forces. Similarly, armed forces officers need to understand the limitations and constitutional frame work under which the political set up and civil services function.”

“However, both of them should be aware of the larger perspective of national security in order to take informed decisions of vital importance,” the president said.

He said each country was guided in its actions by its national interests.

Mukherjee said security was no more confined to preservation of territorial integrity alone as it encompasses economic, energy, food, health, environmental and several other dimensions of national well being.

“The power relationships are constantly changing, and unless a country understands, appreciates and adjusts itself to the changes that are taking place around it, its own security will be seriously jeopardized,” he said.

He said there must be a conscious effort to strengthen the underlying linkages and not divide them into watertight compartments.

“Intensive research and quality analysis in all fields and disciplines is thus a pre-requisite which calls for a holistic approach to studies across a vast spectrum of disciplines,” he said.

He said the NDC undertakes the task of development of human resource for national security with senior officers from armed forces, civil services and friendly foreign countries endowed with background knowledge to make policy decisions related to national security. The president hoped that the course will make the participants more aware and well-informed individuals, who can make well reasoned decisions taking the country’s security perspectives into consideration.

“The success of any nation state depends on how effectively it harnesses all the available resources at its disposal, foremost among these being the human resource,” he said.

 

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President Of Sri Lanka Suspends The Parliament, Political Turmoil

Under his government, dozens of journalists were killed, abducted and tortured and some fled the country fearing for their lives.

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Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, front left, is sworn in as prime minister before President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, Sri Lanka. VOA

Sri Lanka ’s president suspended parliament Saturday even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the island nation.

Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker, confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had suspended parliament until Nov. 16.

The suspension came while ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was holding a news conference in which he asserted that he could prove his majority support in parliament.

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet Friday and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the South Asian island nation.

 

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Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reacts during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, VOA

 

Constitutional crisis

Wickremesinghe said parliament should be allowed to resolve the political crisis.

“As far as the prime ministership is concerned, the person who has the majority support in parliament has to be the prime minister, and I have that majority of support,” he said. “When a motion of no confidence was moved (in the past), we defeated it showing that the house has the confidence in me.”

“It is not necessary for us to create a crisis. It is not necessary for the people of the country to suffer,” Wickremesinghe said.

Tensions have been building up between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe for some time, because the president did not approve of some of the economic reforms being introduced by the prime minister. Sirisena was also critical of police investigations into military personnel accused in the abductions and disappearances of civilians and journalists during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended a decade ago.

 

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Sri Lankan former President Mahinda Rajapakse addresses journalists at his residence in Colombo, Sept. 22, 2018. Rajapakse has been appointed the Sri Lanka’s new prime minister. VOA

Strongman returns

Rajapaksa ruled Sri Lanka as president for nine years beginning in 2005, accumulating immense power and popularity among the country’s majority ethnic Sinhalese after overseeing the military’s brutal defeat of ethnic Tamil rebels in May 2009, ending the 25-year civil war. Some supporters hailed him as a king and savior.

But he also was criticized for failing to allow an investigation into allegations of war crimes by the military. Under his government, dozens of journalists were killed, abducted and tortured and some fled the country fearing for their lives. He lost a bid for re-election in 2015 amid mounting allegations of corruption and nepotism.

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His return to power as prime minister could signal that Sri Lanka is sliding back to an era of violence against political opponents, critics and journalists, observers said. (VOA)