From deaths due to terrorism, communal violence, Kashmir to Donald Trump, here is what Ex NSA Shiv Shankar Menon has to say

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New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 1:08:27 PM

Former National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon has said that there has been a rise in the violence in the society from communal clashes to polarisation since 2012.

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Former National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon has said that there has been a rise of violence in the society from communal clashes to polarisation since 2012. He considers it to be the real risk because that leads to radicalization, communities being alienated and other things, according to an interview Menon gave to The Indian Express. He believes that over the years India has learnt how to do counterterrorism better and better and stressed on the fact that deaths from terror strikes have come down steadily.

The former NSA has said,” Internal security is one area where we haven’t actually changed the structures, changed the way we do things.” On Haryana unrest over rape convict Baba Ram Rahim’s verdict, he said, “We need to improve the way in which we handle these things. And we have been talking of police reforms, community policing and all that. The Supreme Court has given us orders since 1996.”

The 68-year-old has claimed that the number of militants has come down in Kashmir but the problem remains. He said it is the alienation problem which the Valley faces. He added that, “It is a combination of law and order with politics and society.” Menon also claimed that the society has changed in Kashmir.”

The former NSA, who served from January 2010 to May 2014, has said, “the economics of Kashmir have changed because there is now an economics of insurgency actually. Unless you start looking at various parts and dealing with them separately… it is not enough to say ‘Oh, you must talk’” he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

On Donald Trump policy towards Afghanistan, he said, it has three positive elements. “For the first time, we have seen such high-level recognition by the Americans of the role of Pakistan and how dangerous these safe havens are and what they mean — and to actually tell Pakistan to do something. Secondly, he made it quite clear that the Taliban can’t come to power, which frankly is a much clearer political goal than saying that we will have a political settlement. This he was absolutely clear and laid out a result-outcome based approach rather than the number of troops and dates and deadlines. That’s the third part, there are no deadlines,” as per IE.

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