Undoubtedly true that these families and their sons are from a reality most of us cannot even comprehend. Willing to sacrifice so much for something that many postmodernists would consider arbitrary and trivial (nation states).
As the PM has said the sacrifices of these brave brave men will not be forgotten and they went down as warriors one and all.
Let the cooling down reveal that those that are displaying grief at the situation are NOT casting doubt on these men or their actions nor do they doubt, I’m sure, the abilities of them or their million plus service members who will be willing to go in their place and do the same task.
The issue is what now?
This is one of the most fair Western commentators on indian strategic affairs:https://twitter.com/cold_peace_/status/ ... 57218?s=21
One has to understand that China is playing a very specific and targeted game. They are playing 4D chess, perhaps as a distraction or perhaps some in their strategic leadership saw a very unique set of circumstances and dusted off pre-made plans?
By keeping the fight sub-conventional they have left India with very very few options unless India wants to be the aggressor and be the one that escalates.
Going by recent sat imagery it seems the status quo has been forever changed, we just need to be honest and accept that. https://twitter.com/cold_peace_/status/ ... 11328?s=21
Again, this is a tight bind for India and I don’t think any nation on earth including even America could do much more against an expansionist power who has the kind of tight internal controls on its populace that the CCP does. A status quo seeking power such as India will ALWAYS be on the defensive and always be at risk of this kind of salami slicing. The best India can do is try its best to ensure that the Chinese cannot take another inch of indian settled land but again all the initiative is with the Chinese and they’ll attack on their terms where they find it most favourable.
Long term all India can do is work with others (not advocating becoming anyone’s poodle- India needs to be its OWN power) and bring about the end of the PRC, this is a generational battle make no mistake about it. Most in the West don’t see it like that as of now but the writing is on the wall.
The economy is now the utmost priority, so WHATEVER needs to be done to get GDP growth booming, get whatever MNCs are flowing out of China and pump what can be reasonably accommodated into defence and be ready for when the balloon goes up- It will be unlike anything humanity has ever seen and sadly India is in a horrific postion with Pakistan on one side and China on the other. Defence needs to be India’s number 1/2/3/4/etc priority. This should be made clear to the populace, this is a fight for survival.
The world will one day look back and commend India for its strength and backbone in light of the neighbourhood it finds itself in. No country in history has been faced with such a perilous strategic dilemma. Be strong, be free and be everything those commie rats are not.