"We should have a dedicated pan-India toll free number for criminal intelligence gathering to tackle the issue of internal security. We need to make everybody a stakeholder in order to augment internal as well as external security," said the former IPS officer.
On the toll free number, she said confidentiality of those who call in must be maintained and it could even have a reward system for such people.
She said that radicalisation was one of the main challenges to internal security and that "we as a system" were falling short of tools to handle it.
"Outfits (extremist groups) establishing links with local political parties is becoming a law and order issue for the administration and police," Bedi said.
Speaking on the occasion, former High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan, said national security could not be confined to a couple of cities.
"Our external environment and regional environment is evolving all the time and we should not leave national security to a few people, a small fraternity of foreign policy experts or strategic thinkers. It is something which every citizen has to be engaged in on a regular basis," he said.
"All the ground operations, incursions etc are on a tactical level rather than strategic," he said.
"China, Pakistan's collusive threat, if at all, is going to be (in the form) of hybrid or cyber war rather than a conventional one," the retired general said.
They were participating in a seminar titled "National Security-Opportunities and Challenges" organised by the Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies, Pune and Shashwat group of hospitals.
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