General Bipin Rawat may be right to warn those who try to obstruct anti-militancy operations, but labelling separatism and militancy with terrorism is not the solution.
At the root of India’s problems, the authors of ‘Dragon on Our Doorstep’ write, is the erroneous belief that a large and well equipped military alone can win wars.
Casting itself as a humane authority has meant accepting some constraints on its behaviour but, backed with the power of the American military and economic system, the strategy has been a winning one for the US until now.
While leadership structure in the army ensures that the jawan gets his due, the same cannot be said for the armed police.
Hardeep Singh Puri’s book highlights the interconnected world where mistrust, violence and injustice are increasing while international covenants fray, and stresses the need for a collective legal framework to deal with them.
Any shift in India’s doctrine cannot be based on Pakistan’s actions and neither will the consequences remain confined to the Islamabad-New Delhi dyad. There is a more formidable nuclear state to consider – China.
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Israel’s history, geographical area and position all contribute to its offense-based military strategy; however, the same factors don’t apply to India.
Lt General Ranbir Singh was careful to add that the surgical strike was a one-time affair as an escalation of tension would rebound negatively for India.
At the end of the day, Modi has to ensure that the options he exercises – particularly the military ones – do not leave the country worse off than before in terms of casualties and costs.
The US hopes India will aid its attempts to confront Chinese assertiveness in the region, but Sino-Russian bonhomie and Beijing’s plans for the South China Sea could prove tough to navigate.
Vietnam wants closer ties with India but is aware of the fact that this will not deter China’s rise.
The biggest problem the government confronts is in determining the typology of the Kashmir uprising – Does it arise from the lack of job opportunities and poor development? Or is it a Pakistani-inspired event as Arun Jaitley suggested the other day?
Where Chanakyan statecraft recommends a mix of approaches to dealing with a problem, the Modi government’s only response has been “dand”, or punishment.
The constitution gives the people inalienable rights, the most precious of which is the right of dissent. Just when dissent or resistance becomes “anti- national” is not for the politicians, policemen and sundry Hindutva outfits to decide.
The way sensible riot control is done is to deploy sizeable numbers before rioters every day and to use attrition as their principal weapon.
China may have denounced the verdict, but it cannot continue to bully its neighbours. The international community must now work to make it part of the solution.
As in Blair’s Britain, the official culture in India is for the military, bureaucracy and intelligence community to tailor their views to those they believe the political leadership wants.
Dikotter maps the prolonged paroxysm of that figure who tormented China and sought to perpetuate his political legacy by destroying what he had himself created.
Far from being geopolitically savvy, India has displayed petulance and a sense of entitlement in its attitude towards NSG membership.
While the prime minister has stepped up cooperation with Washington, it is important for India to engage skilfully in play-offs with both the US and China.
Through talking to many of the participants of the 1988 operation, Sushant Singh paints a picture that is both informative and readable.