Just watch this entire 11 minute answer given by Ajit Doval sometime in the 2009-2010 time frame or maybe in 2012-2013. The question he is asked is." How does India tackle China?'. And he devotes about 11 minutes to answering it. This talk was clearly given before he became NSA, and I heartily agree with virtually all of his views. He is clearly a strategist, understands the concept of comprehensive national strength and it's application to achieve strategic objectives. Also understands very clearly the nature of India's conflict with China. The handling of the current standoff with China clearly bear his fingerprints. Good to have him in the position that he is.
Added later: In this answer, Ajit Doval clearly talks about China converting it's economic strength to military capability and the convergence of the 2 into it's comprehensive national strength. I am glad that he has articulated that so clearly. There are some on this forum who pooh-poohed that the economy has anything to do with military strength when I stated it sometime ago. I am sure that they know more than Doval
NIce video. I had seen it before but forgot. The date of interview is roughly August 3rd week 2010 (Doval mentions the event 'I read in the papers today where Gen. Jaswal was denied permision to visit China' happened around this time).
Doval is thinking of the end-game here (and that is the only way to think about a war with China, IMO). i.e. what will make China think hard and deep about attacking India- and mentioned hitting their economic machine (I think he mentions some places by name ). It makes total sense to me ....that this is the only thing that will give them pause. If India hits their economic machine hard, other countries like Japan, SoKo, Vietnam, Australia (not to mention India) will step into that economic gap in the years it takes them to recover. OBOR was not there in 2010 but OBOR will end. CPEC will end.
Doval mentions that massive missile capability is the way to go. In 2010 Agni V was not there, he mentions missile ranges of 2000-3000 km (from Arunachal) which puts many Chinese economic centers in range. The closing minute of the video is the best: he says that a strong leader is needed to execute something like this, where the leader decides what is right, knows what needs to be done and goes for it without fear. Recall that MMS was the PM that time. Did Doval know Modi was going to be PM?