The Hooda Document: Expanding The Contours Of ‘National Security’

The Hooda Document: Expanding The Contours Of ‘National Security’

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This Blog is written by Prakhar Agrahari from Lloyd Law College, Greater NoidaEdited by Debargha Mukherjee.



The Hon’ble Supreme Court has held in the case of Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Assn. v. Union of India that “the security of the nation is of paramount importance and this involves the security of the States as well” [1]. The Hooda Document assumes a significant role in encircling a uniform structure of a National Security Strategy for India. The document offers an extensive meaning of national security extending from challenges presented by new innovations to social agitation to disparity. When national security is alluded to in strictly military terms, it is delighting to see that a strategy document composed by a former Army general (Lt Gen D S Hooda), the man behind the 2016 careful strikes, characterizes security in an out-of-the container and comprehensive way. A look at the key topics shows how all around planned the record is: “accepting our legitimate spot in worldwide undertakings”, “accomplishing a safe neighbourhood”, “peaceful resolution of inner clashes”, “protecting our people” and “fortifying our abilities”. The document was set up in less than two months and in meeting with six key centre gathering individuals and numerous area specialists. The guiding philosophy of the document is revered in the accompanying sentence: “This system perceives the centrality of our people. We can’t accomplish genuine security if huge segments of our population are confronted with discrimination, inequality, lack of opportunities, and struck by the dangers of environmental change, innovation interruption, and water and vitality shortage.”

The framing of a National Security System should fundamentally begin with an assessment of India’s security objectives. At the core of this are the individuals of India and the character of the Indian state. India is home to one-sixth of the world’s mankind, and its people try for a prosperous and safe future wherein they can seek after their dreams without fear. This requires the state to make a conducive external and internal environment in which India possesses its due spot in world undertakings, is protected from worldwide and territorial dangers, and lives in peace & harmony. It also “attempts to address and align India’s security and foreign policy ends with ways and means. The document prioritizes reforms to address social equality, technological disruptions and higher defence management as critical national security imperatives” [2].

India’s antiquated history of social absorption, her amicable diversity, and our Constitution are strong guiding factors for a vision of the course that India must take. In accomplishing this vision, there are critical difficulties. India is still home to more than 47 million individuals living in extraordinary destitution; we rate underneath the global average in sexual orientation uniformity, and our income disparity is among the most elevated in the world. Unless these patterns are reversed, we can’t accomplish genuine security. This National Security Strategy depicts the way towards accomplishment of the essentials like to ensure a secure and stable India that can guarantee safety and prosperity to its people. No system comes without dangers and vulnerabilities; however, the beginning point must be a clearness on the bearing that we possess.


The Hooda document proposes a powerful structure which is amalgamated with the concerns relating to global relations. Going from the development of ISIS to the changeless enrolment of India at UNSC (United Nations Security Council), the document distinctively manages extending the shapes of national security. It is proposed in the document that, for India to make sure about its legitimate spot in worldwide issues, it must deal with the polarization of power in political, economic just as an ideological field. This record depicts the Indo-Sino relations as “Long Term Strategic Rivalry”. Since India is a developing business sector, in this way it harbours the enthusiasm of the market delicate Chinese government. The report discloses with respect to how the market delicate China is intending to utilize different new street halls by the signifies “One Belt One Road” initiative. Likewise, because of the reality it needs to support Pakistan to help counter India by separating it from the remainder of the world which has additionally been reflected in the “String of Pearls” [3] hypothesis.

The smart way which the document recommends is that eventually of time, India ought to permit China to grow its exchange nexus by methods for Indian ports and this ought to be passed on through a discretionary channel. Most definitely, the relations India share with them additionally deeply affect the elements of our National Security. The issue of Kashmir is a significant wellspring of contention among India and Pakistan. India needs to embrace a drawn-out methodology to manage the issue of terrorist organisation working under the help of Pakistan’s ISI. “This National Security Strategy emphasizes that India must be prepared for unilateral, limited military actions against terror groups in Pakistan” [4]. Other than this, India needs to keep up its title of “Elder sibling” among the different South-East Asian nations. This document gives us premonition into certain developing issues which may influence India’s security later on like the Afghan exile problems.

This document has set out various proposals which are dynamic in nature. From the contribution of offices like the Border Road Organization to bringing the Indo-Tibetan Border Police under the order of the military at the Indo-China outskirt to given some examples. Such proposals can be supposed to be unique in relation to the traditional changes which are recommended by national security specialists around the world.

There have been numerous issues seeing the National Security Council as regardless of comprising of specialists of national security, it is an advisory body. “If the NSC is to be made more useful, the government’s allocation of business rules should be amended to give more powers to the NSC and its subordinate organizations, such as the Strategic Policy Group” [5]. Since the job of Intelligence organizations is extremely instrumental in forestalling dread assaults, it is critical to rebuild the whole system of Intelligence offices to build their productivity. The document recommends changes like setting up Intelligence as a different organization much the same as policing for which there are police institutes, in a similar way, a “Lifelong Intelligence Cadre” ought to be built up to effectively train officials had some expertise in this field. The need to organize “Human Intelligence” [6], social affair of data through a nexus of field specialists, over specialized insight has likewise been communicated which will build the credibility of the information. The same has been recommended for the reasons for cyber warfare, where a different “Cyber Command” should be set up, having explicit responsibility for Cyber-Warfare.

The document presents the difficulties with respect to predominance in Space. Undoubtedly, the innovation has not gotten so advance and when laws with respect to space are being created, India ought to get ready to safeguard itself from assaults beforehand. This document has likewise recommended various changes for the arrangement of Policing in India as they are the first responders so it’s important that they make the correct stride at the perfect time.


There has been an extraordinary change in the components influencing India’s national security. The epic difficulties to the national security warrant long-term control measures as they will continue longer, because of their cross-border impacts.

Economic Security

The document discusses autonomy of RBI and to concentrate on overseeing national obligations, so as to sustain in the worldwide field. Dynamic tax collection and infrastructure development are significant measures to evacuate the bottlenecks to the advancement of a country. Along these lines, there’s a need to forestall the devaluation of the Indian rupee, improving monetary measures, improvement of non-traditional sources of energy with the assistance of activities like ISA (International Solar Alliance) and putting resources into seaward oil exploration. [7]

Demographic Pressure

Although the number of inhabitants in youth will keep on increase up to 2050, regardless of whether it will convert into a segment profit is an unsettled question which requires critical deliberation. A ton of work is still left to be done in the field of sex correspondence and rustic business. The Hooda document proposes training and ability advancement as the most impressive intends to address the affairs.

Assuming a secure neighbourhood

South Asia stays one of the most disturbed locales of the world. Vicious clash seethes on in Afghanistan, with the UN Mission recording 3804 non military personnel passing’s in 2018, the most noteworthy tally since 2009. The withdrawal of US powers from Afghanistan could bring about an upsurge in battling and expanded displaced person inflows into neighbouring nations. Local forces will jockey for impact in Afghanistan, expanding instability.

Our South Asian neighbourhood, with profound authentic, social and financial connections, ought to have been a zone where India’s initiative and development brought about the prosperity of the considerable number of individuals of this region. Our relations with our neighbours, excepting Pakistan, are solid yet regularly subject to the political regulation in that country. This has empowered China to expand its impact in the region.

Enduring relations will happen if common interests can be better adjusted. India must utilize its delicate force, altogether improve road and rail availability, and increment provincial exchange. Facilitating the development of individuals for education, trade and the travel industry ought not be seen from the limited crystal of security yet as a method of drawing the area together. Normal reason can be made of issues like environmental change that truly influence all the nations.

Peaceful Resolutions of Internal Conflicts

Internal conflicts are a grave peril to national security, imposing gigantic financial, political, human and social expenses. India’s battle with insurrections started not long after freedom, and it has had a lot of achievements in managing these developments, however challenges remain, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, the North East and Left-Wing Extremism

A peaceful resolution of interior clashes will altogether support our security, empowering our people to live in congruity and completely utilize the benefits of India’s development. It will likewise reduce open doors for unfriendly powers to abuse our separation points and obstruct our advancement.

*Issue of Jammu and Kashmir

After just about three many years of contention, Jammu and Kashmir remains India’s greatest inner security challenge. Savagery has essentially plunged from its top in 2001 that saw more than 4500 deaths in the state. In any case, from a low in 2012, there has been a consistent increment in savagery levels in the previous six years. Following the Pulwama attack on the Central Reserve Police Force guard, and Indian airstrikes on the Balakot dread camp, there was a time of outrageous strain among India and Pakistan. While the emergency has as of now been defused, it is a long way from clear whether Pakistan will downsize its help to Kashmir-explicit fear associations.

Independent of what the historical backdrop of the Kashmir dispute has been, the Hooda Document stresses on the requirement for a consolidated and far reaching politico-military system. The significant components upsetting the harmony in the Kashmir Valley is the issue of radicalization of the individuals notwithstanding expanding help for the activists. As per ongoing media reports, “upwards of 139 militants have been killed by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir in the initial eight months, as indicated by the defence sources”[8]. However, simultaneously “there has been a steady rise in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley since 2014 onwards as compared to 2010-2013 when the figures stood at 54, 23, 21 and 6 respectively”. The document recommends making an accommodating domain for the coordination of the Kashmiri population with the rest of the country.

* The North East

The North East district has 8% of India’s area and 4% of its population. Its diversity is reflected in the 475 ethnic gatherings that possess this territory. The North East is associated with the India heartland just by a thin 22 km Siliguri Corridor while imparting outskirts to five neighbouring nations. Each state has its own kind of arrangements of issues, however an ongoing idea that goes through the area is an absence of advancement, a sentiment of isolation from the remainder of the nation and a feeling of alienation. This has prompted an ascent of ethnic personalities that are regularly in strife with one another and request more prominent self-administration.

A resolution to the issues in the North East lies in greater development, integration and in understanding the ethnic sensitivities of the region. Our first consideration must go to the helplessness of the Siliguri Corridor. Free development from Nepal and Bhutan and invasion from Bangladesh could be misused to create mischief. A goal of the Gorkhaland issue would likewise upgrade the security of the Siliguri Corridor. The issue of Gorkhaland should be seen from a national security viewpoint and not limited political focal points.  However, this is not the primary measure of success or conflict resolution. Serious efforts are required for countering radicalisation.

*Left-Wing Extremism

A previous Prime Minister once portrayed LWE as the “most prominent inward security danger to our nation.” The circumstance has since improved extensively, and today there are 106 LWE influenced regions in 10 states with 35 most influenced LWE areas in 7 states. This achievement can be credited to the all-encompassing methodology of the Anti-Naxalite Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs that centres around between state coordination, development plans, and in tending to complaints of influenced networks, for example, assurance of forest rights and giving job opportunities to youth.

A procedure to manage LWE must address the underlying cause of the issue. The hardship of the Adivasi tribes, and their misuse and relocation because of huge scope mining feeds discontentment. Development schemes have not had the option to satisfactorily restore the tribal since they come up short on the essential aptitudes and education. Tribal youth frequently get a handle on left of the prominent riches’ creation produced by mining, or even in government employment. They structure the main part of the Maoist infantry and field commanders. The government must address the goals of the tribal networks by getting advancement while regarding their customary rights and practices. This will require noticeable improvement in administration, a straightforward equity framework, and reasonable land reforms. A genuine endeavour must be made to receive a bound together methodology. The design of the Maoists cuts across state limits and is limited by a typical political philosophy and unitary procedure, driven by ideologically dedicated pioneers. On the other hand, different political discernments are an obstruction to the reception of an aggregate methodology. The test will be to develop a political and lawful structure that empowers the selection of a bound together methodology cutting over completely influenced states.


Hooda Document emphasis need for Long-Term resolution to Kashmir conflict. To the extent documents go, the INSS isn’t extraordinary. Hardly any will contend with the five key precepts whereupon an Indian national security system ought to be pegged – global issues, a safe neighbourhood, inner clashes, protecting people, and fortifying abilities. Or on the other hand that India’s military readiness should oblige a scope of reaction alternatives, from surgical strikes to a hard and fast conflict.

It makes a significant political point by underlining the requirement for a need to counter radicalisation in Jammu and Kashmir. The board likewise called for collaboration with China, and fortifying India’s military readiness through increasingly budgetary assignment and modernisation in the defence sector.

Hopefully, we will see a BJP adaptation of such a report too. In spite of the fact that national security had, indeed, figured in different gathering manifestos, it is hard to locate a solitary strategy document of the sort put out by the Congress. The gathering’s record of taking care of national security has been a helpless one. On its watch, significant fear-based oppressor assaults have happened—Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota, Sunjuwan, Pulwama I, and the later Pulwama II, the most elevated setback assault in the Kashmiri revolt.


A steadily rising democratic India must guarantee harmony and thriving for its residents and an unmistakable spot for the nation in universal affairs. We must take a gander at the worldwide and local international condition, and genuinely survey both the difficulties that go up against us, and the open doors offered by our developing national force. This National Security Strategy gives the course that India should take to accomplish our national goals.

The Hooda Document adopts a comprehensive methodology towards the difficulties of keeping up National Security. It fuses the fundamental components which can be utilized for achieving consistency in National Security Strategy. However, the solutions referenced in the document despite everything need support through existing enactment on National Security to pick up legitimization. Be that as it may, the document is simply hypothetical and lacks a pragmatic approach while managing the previously mentioned difficulties. It misses the mark concerning tending to how any agency can embrace such measures within the sight of different undercover and clear hindrances whether social, strict or political. Nevertheless, this document gives a firm base to devise better arrangements and legislation dealing with National Security of India

The National Security Strategy likewise looks at the current deficits in our capability and recommends measure to reinforce the fundamental components of national force. A shortcoming in abilities will leave us with a powerlessness to change over our vision into the real world.


[1] Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Assn v. Union of India (2016) 14 SCC 536.

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