On several occasions, commissions have very publicly faulted army commanders and civilian leaders for their handling of military matters – a far cry from what happens in India.
Addressing a sizeable gathering of Indian Americans, Modi also praised Sushma Swaraj for her “good governance” and listed the highlights of his tenure.
In the Uttar Pradesh elections, the simple question of people wanting to create their own history shall remain buried along with democracy.
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As the crisis in bilateral relations persists, there are signs that India’s doctrinal shift is on the verge of being outmanoeuvred by Pakistan’s swift, adaptive responses.
By depriving India’s fighters of honour, respect and pride of place in the national hierarchy, the government has shattered their élan and esprit de corps.
Pakistani firing has also killed at least 12 civilians, including women and children, and injured 50 others along the Line of Control.
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.
India’s political objectives of dissuading Pakistan from cross-border infiltration and terrorism are unlikely to be consummated by modest punitive strikes.
Since Pakistani media has published the names of Indian officials, India has no choice but to remove the officials from Pakistan.
In the aftermath of Uri and the surgical strikes, atavistic calls for revenge blurred the focus on terrorism as the enemy of peace and development, as well as efforts to seek a settlement of outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.
ISRO scientists have separately claimed that data from a CartoSat satellite was used to assist with the surgical strikes and that they invented the lightest material ever. Why were these claims made?
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Pakistan’s responsibility under international law for terrorist acts in Uri, and for “training, financing and supporting terrorist groups” turns on the evidence Delhi can gather.
Following the information minister’s advice of what is expected of people like me, and in keeping with the nationalist sentiments of our times, I am choosing to make a full confession about my relations with people from ‘that country’.
Modi’s relationships with world leaders and the primacy of national interests in international relations show explain global support for India post-Uri.
In his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Modi has conveniently forgotten that the Israeli army’s ‘valour’ has been against people fighting foreign occupation.
The defence minister continues to use the army’s surgical strikes to attack the opposition and claim credit for the government – and now the entire Sangh parivar.
Apart from defence and energy issues, the question of terrorism was front and centre, with Modi strongly implying that Russia supports the post-Uri surgical strikes.
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Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
According to the UN Charter, a state can use force against another state if authorised by the UNSC, if it is a matter of self-defence or if the other state has invited it to do so.
Parrikar’s assertion conveniently glosses over the fact that earlier governments consciously chose to operate under the umbrella of plausible deniability, former ministers and officials familiar with some of those operations told The Wire.
Although a ban has been imposed on Pakistani actors in Bollywood and on Indian channels in Pakistan, it is not all bad news.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian actor. Did Devgn take a stand for him? For his fellow actor? Against Muslim hating bigots who banned him from appearing in a Ram Leela? No? Then please just sit down.
As the political debate over ‘surgical strikes’ degenerates into ‘mine was bigger than yours’, everyone needs to remember that some of the acts claimed are grave and indefensible by their very nature and are illegal under the laws of war – even if described as retaliation for a similar act by the Pakistani side.
Despite no visible economic improvement in people’s lives, the BJP is hoping that Narendra Modi will emerge as the pre-eminent leader in UP.
After the Kargil war in 1999, the brass had opposed attempts by the Sangh parivar to use the army for political purposes.
“Our Army cannot be doubted or questioned or used for political gains,” channel staffers are told in an internal email.
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The BJP could see this as a godsend because its position in UP has been steadily slipping over the past year or so primarily because of rural and agriculture distress caused by two back-to-back droughts.
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.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
The real difference between the Modi government and its predecessors is its willingness to accept the higher risk of war and international pressure that surgical strikes may bring. But is it the case that with higher risk come greater rewards?
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
Diplomacy suffers when senior ministers make cavalier statements that are capable of inciting more cries for war from already incensed populations.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.
India’s close-mouthed approach is allowing Rawalpindi to save face by denying the strikes altogether, saving itself from having to explain India’s ingress into its territory.
Human rights activists and journalists from across the sub-continent have asked both countries to “de-escalate” tensions and begin a dialogue.
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