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BSEC 2008: Special Message From India’s Former Border Security Chief
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BSEC 2008: Special Message From India’s Former Border Security Chief

Date Added: August 26, 2008 01:35:04 PM
Author: Informa
Category: Business: Aerospace and Defense

MAY 2008, NEW DELHI: Modern technology, by breaking down time and distance barriers, has reduced the world to a global village. This extraordinary development has had an impact on the concept of border management, which is currently undergoing a fast transformation. The rise of terrorism is yet another factor, due to which border management no longer remains a simple matter of only policing the borders. It is now, a very complicated and comprehensive task, requiring a co-ordinated and concerted action on the part of the administrative, intelligence, security and regulatory agencies, as well as, by the concerned political leaders. In the present context, it involves defending the border in times of war, securing it in times of peace and ensuring that there is no illegal border-crossing. It requires strong measures against smuggling of arms, explosives and narcotics and supplementing human efforts by using sophisticated devices to achieve these objectives. It also includes co-ordination of intelligence inputs being received from various agencies and sources. Ensuring the protection and the socio-economic development of the border population, is yet another significant aspect of the modern requirements of border management. The level of stringent measures required along a particular border, will of course depend upon prevailing relations amongst concerned political leaders, economic ties, ethno-cultural linkages between people living on either side of the border and the configuration of the border itself. If the land borders are porous and not demarcated, having habitation and cultivation right up to the zero line, then their management will automatically be more difficult. For countries threatened by terrorism, border management has become a critical component of their national security strategy. The International Border Security Exhibition - BSEC 2008 - scheduled to be held in India during the later part of the year, is a welcome event in this direction. It is a great opportunity for various border managing agencies to come together for exchange of information regarding their experiences and the problems being confronted by them. It will be a unique occasion when the latest equipment and technology, capable of providing solutions to border problems, will be on view for all possible users. We extend a hearty welcome and wish that your involvement at BSEC 2008 be a very memorable and gainful one. BSEC 2008 is co-located with NECE 2008 and MSI 2008 – the world’s largest events dedicated to network enabled capability (NEC) and maritime security respectively-, thus directly benefitting from a large gathering of defence and national security officials. For more information on BSEC 2008, visit: ABOUT IDSA: IDSA, ranked amongst the world’s top 30 think tanks, was established by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 1965. It is considered to be the premier strategic and security studies think tank in India, and over the years has enlarged its focus of research from defence studies to cover issues of national and international security. The Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence, frequently utilises the expertise of the Institute and, its well-qualified, multi-disciplinary research faculty of over 50 scholars that are drawn from academia, defence forces and the civil services. For more information about IDSA, please visit ABOUT INFORMA: With hundreds of highly respected companies including some of the world’s biggest information brands - Lloyd’s MIU, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Datamonitor, IIR, IBC, Euroforum, Huthwaite, Washington Policy & Analysis and many others – Informa plc, the world’s largest professional media and specialist information firm, is present in over 70 countries and publishes over 45,000 book titles; delivers over 2,000 subscription-based services and produces over 12,000 events every year. Informa’s events business includes global B2B and B2C mega-shows such as 3GSM, Cityscape, IPEX, The Monaco Yacht Show, The Bride Show, and the world’s largest series of business leadership events, the most recent speakers at which included Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, Steve Forbes and Philip Kotler. For more information about Informa, please visit Informa India A202 Business Square Solitaire Corporate Park Andheri-Kurla Road Chakala, Andheri East Mumbai 400093 India e-mail: website:
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