India: The Domestic Dimensions of Security

  • Nancy Jetly


It is an axiomatic truth that the real strength of a nation lies in its unity and solidarity and that national security is essentially built on the base of internal stability. Conversely, domestic instability and internal conflict, undermining as it does the government’s domestic credibility, erodes the very base on which national security is built and makes the state vulnerable to external threat and manipulation. Internal factors then can at times jeopardise national security more critically than external dangers and it is in this context that domestic dimensions of national security deserve greater attention then they have so far received.1 An unstable internal situation caused by a serious political breakdown or continued economic instability regardless of military strength becomes a crucial factor in a nation’s security outlook inasmuch as it invites unwelcome external attention, which may lead to intervention by foreign powers.


National Security Language Policy Cultural Pluralism National Integration Indian Unity 
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