India cannot afford to be a soft power for next few years: NSA Ajit Doval

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 25, 2018, 05.23 PM(IST)

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''We are not governed by people's representative, but by the laws made by them, therefore the rule of law is extremely important,'' Doval said.  

India cannot afford to be a soft power for the next few years and it will be compelled to take hard decisions, said National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. 

India needs a strong, stable and decisive government for the next 10 years to achieve our national, political, economic and strategic objectives. A weak coalition will be bad for India, he said and added all defence hardware must be 100 per cent transfer of technology. 

''If we have to become a major power then our economy has to be big, it has to be globally competitive and that can be only when it is technologically ahead,'' Doval said. 

''We are not governed by people's representative, but by the laws made by them, therefore the rule of law is extremely important,'' Doval said.  

The populist measures shouldn't take precedence over national requirements, he said and urged the Indian private sector firms to promote Indian strategic interest. 

''China's Alibaba and others have become big companies. We want the Indian private sector companies should perform and promote Indian strategic interest,'' he said.