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As the world continues to shrink and get more and more interdependent due to globalisation and advent of modern day technologies, peace and development remain the central agenda for India. Global attention is shifting to the sub-continent for a variety of reasons, ranging from fast track economic growth, growing population and markets to the untapped socio-economic potential of the region and the growing energy consumption levels.

India's rapidly growing economy, relative size and strategic location in the region thus brings the country into prominence in the world's geopolitics. India, nevertheless, remains committed to peace and stability in the region, which are fundamental for the continued economic development and prosperity of its people. Apart from a conventional war scenario for which the armed forces are prepared, the increasing ongoing internal security situation of a proxy war scenario also has to be taken into account. The growing menace of terrorism continues to be an area of great concern, where India is facing newer challenges.

With a steadily growing economy, India has a vital stake in a safe and secure world. India and Indians have increasingly become drivers of global growth and prosperity. A strong defence force is a necessary prerequisite for growth, stability and peace. India has been committed to prepare its level of defence preparedness to deter any type of threat both conventional as well as unconventional.

This Supreme command of the Armed Forces vests in the President of India. The responsibility for national defence, however, rests with the Cabinet. The Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) is responsible to Parliament for all matters concerning defence of the country. Administrative and operational control of the armed forces is exercised by the Ministry of Defence and the three Service Headquarters.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 11-01-2011