We are still looking at events from a limited perspective,whether we can win a 2- front war,etc. " Peace is the interlude between wars",old saying. "During peace prepare for war",another which we have forgotten at times.In times gone by ,wars spanned decades,centuries,etc. Take the Crusades for example.Several of them.The Roman Punic wars against Carthage,massive casualties over 100 years .The Macedonian wars againt Greece same period. The "100 years war",actually 116 yrs. between France and England. The two "World Wars" of the last century .The Afghan wars from the days of the Raj still continue with the Yanquis having replaced the Brirish with no end in sight! We had Gulf War 1 and 2,Iraq still smoulders,so does the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Our failure ,India since Partition,failing to read our wars in such historical fashion ,is why we keep repeating them,conflict at regular intervals. In truth we have been at war with Pakistan since 1948! This war has not ended.Like the embers in the grate of a fireplace ,the flames suddenly spring to life. Have we not had a continuous proxy war with Pak from the '80s? When the Khalistani movement erupted and Punjab was burning,I happened to be abroad discussing the same with a v.highly placed leader of a foreign state who was keen to know what it was all about. I told the individual that it was a diversion by Pak, a sideshow ( that we would eventually take care of) and that they were planning for the real war in Kashmir to be executed in similar fashion.And so it came to be. Perhaps we should use the word " conflict" instead of war since battles and wars begin and end in their limited timeframes but the conflict endures.
By this definition,our conflict with China began in the era of post- colonial Independent India in 1962. A conflict destined to happen as the two mightiest nations of Asia in terms of population ,which were the richest nations on the planet in the pre-colonial age ,jostle for power and prestige in Asia and beyond after their freedom from the shackles of colonial rule. The interests of India and China were bound to clash because of the vast differences in language,culture,ethnicity, religion ( China is Godless and actively cracks down on religious entities) and political systems. China turned into a Communist dictatorship after overthrowing
its emperor, but India into a democratic republic. '62,'87,Doklam,Galwan are one continuous thread of Sino- Indian rivalry. China has since '62 picked upon Pak as its proxy to divert India's attention from it's global ambitions.And now, it is absorbing Pak openly into its battle plans against India for the next phase as India has steadily left Pak far behind in almost every dimension except that of terrorism!
So how can we counter this JV against us which when you add the combined military forces of Pak and China which on paper overwhelm us? Chinese forces alone outnumber us significantly. In the Ladakh theatre they have built up reserves well described in above posts. Unfortunately the likes of certain TV channels with hyperventilating myopic jingo anchors, dub those who doubt our ability to win a "war" against China as traitors,appeasers,etc.,instead of being individuals who see the conflict in its larger dimension,not just the military aspects of the situ today . These prefer the adage," fools step in where angels fear to tread",instead of " he who hesitates is lost." Attacking China at this juncture unprepared for the long haul coud be a huge mistake.
Let's look at our options in the immediate and short term only as these are what we need to checkmate the Chins in this round.
First we need to take maximum immediate efforts at plugging the gaps in our military inventory for all 3 services.China Virus crisis notwithstanding, the armed forces must be given their critical needs.Not a single critical item must be witheld from them factoring in for a long haul which may last several months. Many items and options have been discussed on BRF in other threads.The money has to be found and everything procured cannot be at " made in India" speed waiting for the desi dosa to arrive from the DPSU kitchens. Decisions pending for years must be taken rapidly as we are at war today. While we cannot match China and Pak combined number for number,there are priorities of systems and numbers which would be sufficient in the immediate term to cast doubt in the Chins mindset to further escalate the conflict. Simultaneously with the military buildup, and examining our own strengths such as in the maritime sphere,we need to outflank the Chinese on the diplomatic and economic front too. These are areas which we have several advantages over China especially diplomatic,by using the two " T" cards. Our mice in the MEA need to be replaced with real men unafraid to teach China another kind of lesson. Economic measures,boycotts,sanctions,etc. have begun but must be relentlessy pursued. How we plan for the future is another matter for discussion,but we must understand that this military crisis in Ladakh is part of a master plan which will continue beyond our lifetimes.