Ajit Doval emphasised the young probationers' responsibility and urged them to be trained and prepared for border management and the challenges of highly specialised investigations in agencies such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
New Delhi: It's an emerging area of security threat.
"The new frontiers of war, what you call the fourth-generation warfare, is the civil society," NSA Ajit Doval diagnosed on Friday (November 12) in his speech while speaking at the passing out parade of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.
He pointed out that conventional war is no longer regarded as the 'effective instrument' for achieving political or military objectives.
They are too expensive, he said.
But he pointed out that civil society is vulnerable as this can be "subverted, suborned, divided, manipulated" to hurt the interests of a nation.
"You are there to see they stand fully protected," he emphasised.
"If the internal security fails, no country can be great. If people are not secure, people are not safe, they cannot rise to the potential and probably the country will never grow," Doval further said.
"Not only the policing about which you (IPS officers) have been trained well. But it will extend. You will be responsible for border management of this country. 15,000 km of the border, most of it has got peculiar problems of its own," he said.
"There is a border in Pakistan with China or Myanmar or Bangladesh. We have got different types of security-related issues which are manned by the police and the central police organisations which are manning these borders," Doval said.
India will usher in a new era as it paces towards the 100th year of Independence and will be known for its "many achievements and many accomplishments" as one of the leading nations across the world, Mr Doval said.
The Hyderabad-based Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy trains the Indian Police Service officers selected through the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).