I apologise to people who may be offended by my frequently vulgar analogies - but I do see some analogies as appropriate.
Operation Parakram was a "would have been war" just like coitus interruptus can be described as "would have been baby"
"Operation Parakram" has been attempted to be summed up by some people in one of two words. Some say "failure". Others say "success"
Allow me to add one more word to these: "Experiment"
After 1971 - or perhaps after Brasstacks the Indian armed forces have never really had the oportunity to get together and mobilize for total war. Being merely an "enthusiast" rather than a military expert I may get some figures wrong - but I have heard that it takes 7 to 10 men at the back to support and maintain one man who does the fighting. The logistical tail for a million man army and a huge Air Force and Navy is complex and huge.
Rifles, mortars, artillery, 5.56 mm ammo, 7.72 mm ammo, mortar ammo, artillery shells, spares, jackets, shoes, socks, blankets, binoculars, batteries, torches, comm equipment, spares, toolkits, generators, Petrol diesel, kerosese, lubricants, tires, tanks, trucks, jeeps, helmet, rice, dal, fresh meat,, poultry, goats, horses, camels, mules, fodder, explosives, timers, bulldozers, roadlayers, fuel, tar, tents, beds, stretchers, bandages, pain killers, intravnous fluids, antibiotics, emergency lamps, bins, surgical instruments, needles, syringes, bugles, flares, bridgelayers, tank transporters, tracks, cranes, chocolates, biscuits, blood transfusion equipment, barbed wire, chairs,tables, typewriters, computers, radars, anti-aircraft guns and ammunition, anti aircraft missiles, UAVs, engineers, cooks, motiorcycles, pens, paper, glasses, spoons, plates, towels, axles, springs, radiators, water, water tankers, mines, min detectors, mine clearing equipmen and a whole lot of other things have to be moved and positioned so that sudden or planned demands are met as seamlessly as possible.
At any given time I estimate that at leat 250,000 men would have been on duty, doing some work, for one year. That is 250,000 x 365 x 24 man-hours of work done, The figure is 2.19 x 10^9 i.e 2,190,000,000 - over 2 BILLION man hours of work were done.
An "analysis" of operation Parakram requires and analysis of these 2 billion man hours of work.
Some things must surely have been done well. Some were surely done badly. We, the general public may never know all the details. But surely some lessons will hopefully be learnt and implemented.