souravB wrote:Sir if that is the case, shouldn't we have spent this diplomatic capital on something more valuable like a permanent seat at the high table? I wonder what we are conceding to Unkil for pushing this and how many of our indigenous projects will suffer to order Rafales from France.
Forgive me; but I think you're thinking of this wrong.
India has diplomats. That is a "sunk cost". Whether they are sitting always comfortably with chai and biskoot; or whether they are knocking on doors, making calls and paying visits; the cost is the same. India does not expend political capital when the GoI makes the case that terrorists should be fought.
What costs political capital is China's holding the umbrella open for TSP based terrorism directed at India.
As for "begging for a seat at the table"; I don't think India should make much of an effort, in this direction.
The "New India" I can see, doesn't seek to win by argument. Words are cheap. Deeds speak.
You know, I remember thinking, when Mangalyaan achieved martian orbit on the first attempt: The technical assessment underpinning the credibility of India's nuclear deterrent must have gained confidence. If India can put an orbiter around Mars; their guidance systems should probably deliver warheads where intended -- so take this seriously.
Balakot did something similar.
And the next day, when a front-line interceptor drove-back much more modern bogies, and scored a kill against one.
His fighting spirit, in that clearly outclassed platform, said a lot about the IAF itself. I'm serious: Moral and fighting spirit matter greatly; and 'Abhi' showed that in the MT order of magnitude.
India wasn't trying to "send a message" or engage in "strategic signalling" or any such impractical forms of "speech".
On the night of the Balakot air raid; the IAF was "pulling the root", working all the way to the end, not leaving anything behind (intentionally, anyway).
For JeM to come back, would virtually require a full 'start over'. I don't expect there's very much of them left, at present, anyway.
JMT (not saying I'm definitely not wrong; but yet, still no proof-of-life of Masood Azhar).
Does everyone remember that bout of "Dialysis" he was receiving after Balakot? He was "sick", was he? How's he today? Upset to be cooped-up under house arrest? [I don't think he's been seen since that day.]