Viv S wrote:
SaiK wrote:2. There is no requirement for khan based peace strategists or a representative of a body to reduce conflict point a suggestive solution for IAF. This is power play politics interference in military zone selection process.
4. ........hat they need. [quite some time back France made similar diktat saying IAF must purchase 40 Rafales outright].. wow!
5. Power politics..........................hat 150 pager.
Come now lets not overstate the importance of the numerous such analyses that keep popping up periodically. Sure his article is biased towards the US but to go the extent of calling it active interference is excessive. Also, France didn't issue an 'diktat' as such. It was a suggestion and this kind of nudging is expected.
Point is the IAF doesn't really treat take such 'suggestions' seriously nor does the MoD. They have their own experts who pooled together are far more experienced and competent than the folks at Carnegie Endowment insofar as Indian issues are concerned.
As India grows up and starts counting in the real world, more such reports will come out because that is what will help other nations understand us, possibly influence us, oppose us, and partner with us.
But, for us to start feeling that this is another attempt to hoodwink us, buy us, etc. etc. is probably going over the top. We are not some kids!
As I have written earlier, not even after 1962 defeat, when we were at the worst possible time in the life of our nation and had failed miserably in Higher Command, Strategy and Decision making, did the team of Nehru and Swaran Singh, agree to what US and UK (more so) wanted us to, vis-a-vis Pakistan and the issue of Jammu & Kashmir.
We need to have more confidence in ourselves and our leaders. By the way, Tellis has written a book on India's Nuclear posture (published by Rand Corporation in that case) as well, in which he argues that fears about nuclear instability in South Asia may be unfounded-and that the time has come for Washington to rethink its unyielding policy on nonproliferation. He is an American and will write on American perspectives. In the world where interests keep on converging and diverging, we need to be alive to possibilities which are good for us and those that are not and take decisions accordingly. Such articles and books will keep coming and going.