sudeepj wrote:Hitting hard for the sake of hitting hard alone is not going to work. The days of pounding LOC posts, most of which would be well fortified and the troops dug in on reverse slopes should come to an end. If the shells hit some civilian targets, for Pakistanis, this has the bonus of giving their locals another reason to hate India strong enough to enroll in jihadi tanzeems. The Pakistani elite has little connection or stake in the wellbeing of even their regular soldiers. We could slaughter an entire battalion, they could care less! Even their young officers facing the brunt of the Indian retaliation are mostly middle class background now. The elites stay back.
To make any step work, you have to get into the head of the enemy and think what are his motivations and goals. It is our doctrine of proportional retaliation - Balakote strikes and the surgical strikes were well within the domain of proportional retaliation - that has led us to this pass where we lose a few men every day and there is an occasional 'spectacular' high casualty attack once or twice every year.
One motivation/goal of Pakistani elites is a sort of 'proving their credentials' to the real power centers by attacking India. Another is simply to keep the conflict alive and continuously try to expand the envelope of the conflict. Yet another is to try and check if the 'scope for conflict' exists, say when the Indian leadership is distracted in another crisis, something like dealing with the corona virus.
One of our goals in retaliation can be, that our retaliation should be so severe, that it completely upsets the applecart for the career prospects of the person 'proving his credentials'. Instead of people praising abdul for his daring attack, they should be chiding him for 'attacking India without planning and bringing this massive counterassault (that has destroyed our assets) on our head!'
Another goal can be to simply destroy enough of PakMil capability that is expands our options of retaliation going forward. E.g. taking out some irreplaceable asset that both expands the possibility of future retaliation and provides greater security to the Indian republic in the mean time.
I regret to say that we have been repeatedly found lacking focus and attention span when it comes to dealing with Pak challenge. This is going to be at least a 25 year conflict before the final denouement arrives. Lets take steps that will hasten this outcome.
we seem to have fallen into the predictable routine of some short bouts of action followed by long periods of appeasement.
The level of govt support must needs be the same across all states because the poor are poor everywhere, and by and large, have almost similar problems to contend with.
we seem to have islands of appeasements where we have, for the past 70 odd years, been foolishly hoping that inimical groups will see the error of their ways and adopt the ways of Indic integration and be grateful for what has been differentially provided to pacify such inimical groups.
Instead, we now see increased demands from such entitled inimical groups, who rather than integrating with the rest of the country, are increasingly differentiating or purposely "othering" themselves in terms of dress, language, religion and food choices all of which are specifically aimed at belittling the basic structure of our democratic civilizational state.
we have reached the sorry state where MNCs operating in India, under pressure from such inimical groups, have started labelling vegan products like wheat, pulses and other grains forming the core and basic diet of our civilization for an untold numbers of centuries as "halal"
and like good, dumb, and obedient sheep we have passively accepted such brazen attacks on our civilizational culture without the slightest hesitation or question and no one says a word even after such illegal practices have been made public.
Great hue and cry are made in the sickular media when a few poor vegetable sellers display the bhagwa on their handcarts but we have remained blind and mute for over 70 years when almost every hotel in India is forced to display the insidious sign "we use only halal meat".
we are being assaulted daily in ways that are insidious, regressive and machiavellian and such subtle subliminal conditioning pumped constantly by visual, electronic and print media is goebbelsian in intent and widespread in their reach and content. The rolers and ropers have us mentally hogtied and culturally muzzled and socially defanged.
They have slowly tried to change the perception, narrative and sensitivity of the Indian psyche through bollywood, litfests and electronic means to make it more receptive to BIF and other disruptive ideas that negate the concept of the civilizational state.
The narrative has been adapted alike for the juvenile mind as for the adult.
so a few rounds of fire across the LOC doesn't really do all that much because we seem to have missed the woods for the trees. we need to constantly rattle their cage and hit back viciously every single time some abdul takes a potshot at the Army.
we have nothing to gain in cashmere by mollycoddling the local populace because every manjack there is aware of how to play the con game and saddle the taxpayer with the bill.
Treat them like any other Indian state and they will come to their senses.
This govt has the right intent and has really fragged the paki economy directly affecting the abduls.
Potato, onion and tomato have brought home the harsh reality of the ummah like never before. But much more needs to be done on this front.
so much so, that niazi and bajwa have taken to begging, using afridi and shoaib akthar to plead for charity and covid medication + ventilators from India