Changing geopolitical scenario making the Indian Ocean region competitive: NSA
At the 1st MAMSG meeting, Doval calls for synergy between maritime security players
As China asserts itself in the Indian Ocean, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval warned on Thursday that the region was becoming “competitive” and the country needed to protect its interests. He also called for synergy between all actors in charge of maritime security.
Making the observations during the first meeting of the Multi-Agency Maritime Security Group (MAMSG) here, Doval said, “In the changing geopolitical scenario, the Indian Ocean, which has been an ocean of peace, is gradually becoming competitive. We see potential for conflict of interest, we need to protect it and be vigilant,” he said. The NSA refrained from naming China
Describing the Indian Ocean as a “great asset” for the country, Doval said the country’s vulnerabilities are directly proportional to its strengths and that India’s responsibility as a leading maritime power is hugely important.
“The more we grow, the more assets we create, the more prosperous we become, the greater would be the vulnerability and the need for security in the maritime domain,” he said. Underscoring these key factors, Doval called for transparent coordination between the various agencies involved in protecting India’s maritime interests, saying it cannot become the power it deserves to be in the absence of a very strong maritime security apparatus.
Addressing senior maritime and coastal security officials from all 13 coastal states and union territories as well as the Indian Navy and other central agencies, Doval said security on the high seas and the well- being economical are inextricably linked and that all stakeholders must work together.
“The trajectory of this nation is well defined. We know where we are going. And when our time comes… As a nation, we must be strong. India will not be able to become the power it deserves to be if it does not have a very strong maritime system,” Doval said.
The meeting was chaired by Vice Admiral (Retired) G Ashok Kumar, the country’s first National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC), a position created to ensure coordination among the various agencies responsible for the overall maritime security matrix. maritime security. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar was among the senior officials who attended the deliberations.