Terrorism has never been about absolute body counts. It has always been about creating shock and awe to accentuate the helplessness of the state.
Raghu Raman is the founding CEO of NATGRID. He tweets @captraman. Views expressed are personal.
Just like in many other parts of the world, the decision-making elites have chosen to take short-term decisions that favoured their interests rather than the society’s.
The best way to pay homage to those who lost their lives fighting in Kargil is to remember what was learnt and incorporate that in future practice – something India is yet to do.
The central and state governments need to engage with the youth in Kashmir, channelising their energies into vocational training, employment opportunities and engagement with the rest of India.
There will be much drama in the Indian media and political circles over Kulbhushan Jadhav – and Pakistan will milk this opportunity to the fullest.
As a society we have become conditioned to moving from one burning issue to another without adequately resolving the first, thus making challenges like pollution, joblessness and economic inequality our new normal.
Although demonetisation will deal a severe blow to the black economy, corruption, inflated pricing and tax evasion, terrorism – which is cheap and can be funded by kosher resources – will remain largely unaffected.
Because of the security forces, we can celebrate not just our festivals but our freedom, our democracy, our civil rights and even our right to be uncivil.
War may be the continuation of politics by other means, but there are also means other than war that can advance the political aims of our country.
Wrath of God was Israel’s code name for the operation involving systematic retaliation against the planners and financiers of the Munich massacre. India needs to find ways to hurt the terrorist organisations and sponsors behind Uri the most.
India should evaluate the returns from investing in certain sports over others, and reappraise the processes that create individual gladiators but not strong teams.
The art of war has transformed from causing physical damage to assets to the manipulation of minds and the battlefield is now open to anyone with access to the internet.
Despite the investment of billions of dollars for protection of computer systems – the truth is that it gets easier to access information with each passing year.
We need to understand that terrorism seeks to leverage fault lines in the political landscape of the target country to attack its will. Ironically, the best strategy to defeat terrorists is to stop being terrorised by their attacks