Reviewing India’s Coastal Security Architecture

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  • 09:30 - 14:00
  • The Hyatt, MG Road, Bengaluru

The Takshashila Institution, together with the United States Consulate, Chennai, will be hosting a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders on India’s coastal security architecture, on 23 September 2016 at The Hyatt, MG Road, Bengaluru.

The roundtable will highlight challenges faced by India’s coastal security/commercial organisations and present steps to address them. It will analyse experiences of other countries such as the United States and Australia in dealing with coastal security issues.

The discussion will bring together experts to brainstorm ideas for securing India’s coastline, effectively and efficiently.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Commodore Udai Rao (Retd.)
  • Jon Bonnar, Deputy Consul General, Australian Consulate Chennai
  • SPS Basra, Additional Director General Coast Guard (Retd.)
  • Chaitanya Chandel, CEO, Baruni Systems
  • Pushpita Das, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
  • Jose Paul, Adjunct Professor at AMET University and Member Research Board of the Indian Maritime University, Chennai amongst others.

Why is coastal security important?

As a peninsular country, India has a vast coastline of 7516 kilometres making it vulnerable to various threats from the sea. Despite this vulnerability, coastal security has been largely overlooked in our national security dialogue, which is overly continental in nature. The 1993 Mumbai blasts revealed that explosives had been smuggled through the Raigad coast of Maharashtra. The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks also revealed loopholes in Indian coastal security. Smuggling of drugs and contraband, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), and flow of migrants from neighbouring countries are other variables that underscore the need for coastal protection.

In 2005, the Government initiated the Coastal Security Scheme in order to set up a multi-tiered response structure to deal with threats. Starting in 2011, Phase-II of the Coastal Security Scheme looked at improving the response of various coastal states in responding to threats from the sea. The large number of stakeholders involved in the coastal security architecture: the union, state and local governments, the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Maritime Police, port authorities, shipbuilding yards, and fishermen to name a few, make coordination and execution a formidable challenge.

As Phase-II of the Coastal Security Scheme ends this year, it is important to apprise the current state of coastal security in India. There is also a need to investigate if technologies such as drones and underwater acoustics can be utilised for better surveillance over the near seas.

About the event

This is an invitation-only event commencing at 09:30 am on 23 September 2016 at The Hyatt, MG Road, Bengaluru. If you wish to participate in the event please send an email to pranay@takshashila.org.in.