Karan M wrote:when i say rules have changed, please understand the indian babu-GOI mindset. we do things properly once its in the open.
our nuke program was being run ineffectually till ABV brought it into the light. now we have a credible deterrence.
modi has brought india's retaliatory measures & open use of force as the new normal. this means defence, funding our IA SF units, R&AW + special group support will also get a fillip and over time be established. joint command & control for SF activities may end up being normalized too.
this is the way things work in India.
Brilliantly said, and a very astute observation.
IA could have been doing what it did last night every night for the last 10 years, and could have kept doing it every night for another 10 years... but with no one being the wiser, it wouldn't have made any difference to the status quo. The fact that we publicly declared what was done last night changes the game entirely for ALL parties concerned, including the entirety of our administration from top to bottom.
Our doing it out in the open is what the TSPA dreads even more than the body count, property losses etc. that they incur. The entire strawman of "escalation leading invariably to nuclear war"... on which the edifice of their blackmail devolves... gets blown to bits. In addition the sheer helplessness of the PA to inflict a single casualty while IA smashes them and their proxies to smithereens, on turf ostensibly controlled by them, in the triple-digits... that's a lesson that won't be lost on our friends in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Making knowledge public at the right time is a key step in *weaponizing* information. And this war, like any other in the modern age, will be waged and won in the realm of information. As much as, if not more so than in any physical theatre.