Doval’s strategy worked
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his Advisory Council were instrumental in the BJP’s two main agendas, the removal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the maintenance of security and peace after the Ram Temple decision. On both occasions, the Home Ministry worked on the roadmap made by Doval. Taking the precautionary security force out of the barracks in large numbers to the streets and keeping social media and communication medium under control was the mainstay of the entire security system. In addition, the old method of collecting personal ground intelligence instead of relying on technology was effectively adopted by the intelligence system. According to a high-ranking official involved in security matters, in both cases Doval had assured the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Home Ministry about security and peacekeeping. The condition was that in the case of law and order, the trust of the state governments is not to be trusted. According to sources, since constitutionally law and order is a matter of state government, many questions also arose on these methods of Doval. But in the end, this is his out of the box idea.
On both occasions, the Home Ministry worked on the roadmap made by Doval.
Pressure created through security
On the basis of his experience, Doval decided to launch a large number of security forces on the road. He was of the opinion that it had a double psychological effect. The visible presence of the security force brings home a sense of security among the peace loving people and fear of those who create trouble. Significantly, in Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of companies were stationed at Gali Muhallo even before the announcement of removal of 370. Even before the Supreme Court’s decision on the temple, only 40 companies of paramilitary forces were sent to Ayodhya to fill the roads.
Kept the media under control
Doval believed that if social media and communication media were controlled, 80 percent of the danger would be averted. This was the reason that the entire media in Jammu and Kashmir was destroyed. Later it was gradually relaxed but the situation was being monitored day and night. The National Institute of Technical Research Organization (NTRO) and the Multi Agency Center (MAC), the technical institute of the Intelligence Department, were fully involved in both cases. At least ten new centers were set up to monitor social media in Uttar Pradesh in the Ram Temple decision case. According to the plan, immediately after taking action on any inflammatory post, the police was promoting it on its Twitter and Facebook handle. This model was also adopted in identified sensitive areas of other states. The Home Ministry believes that the scheme worked.