Aug-Sep 2016

  • THE RUBICON IS CROSSED
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    Two terrorist attacks in J&K, one on either side of the Pir Panjal Range has angered the Indian state to the point of no return. The first attack in Poonch was fortuitously detected in time and all the four terrorists who had sneaked in were eliminated before they could cause mayhem. In the second incident, […]

  • INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    After serving for decades in the army and having fought wars both external and internal, what can one bequeath to the gallant soldiers you once commanded? Few pictures; medals or mementoes? Even though symbolic and emotive, these are not enough to repay the debt of gratitude you owe to your comrades in arms. What needs […]

  • THE URI TERROR ATTACK & THE VIP CABIN QUESTION
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    The Uri terror attack that resulted in the death of 18 jawans has caused predictable outrage and frustration across the country. Television was visibly shrill and the ‘jawfor- a-tooth’ sentiment ricocheted from forum to forum with greater intensity in the first few days. The deep-state in Pakistan is seen as the unrelenting sponsor of terror […]

  • THE HIGH-STAKES GAME
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    The infiltration of terrorists and the attack at Pathankot airfield brought out the deepest fears I harboured while I was in the service. As front line pilots, we spent our lives in the secure sanctum of air bases, cocooned from the hustle and bustle of daily life of the ordinary citizen. As in the case […]

  • UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF KASHMIR
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    Retaining Kashmir is central to foiling Pakistan’s plan to fragment India through unconventional warfare. If India loses Kashmir, it will no longer have the mountain ranges along the LoC as its first line of defence One must understand at the outset that retaining Kashmir is vital to India’s security and integrity. A book, India: A […]

  • HYBRID WARFARE: PAKISTAN’S TOOL OF WAR IN J&K
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    A war can be fought and won by soldiers against an enemy who is visible in the battlefield. But if the enemy infiltrates the cognitive domain, operates within and displays nothing to react against, it makes it difficult for soldiers to win such wars. Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir is an example where enemy is […]

  • INDIA’S COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY: AN ASSESSMENT
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    Terrorism has become one of the gravest threats to internal security in India. While international concern over terrorism in the present times is focused on global jihad, for India, terrorist threats range from Left Wing Extremism (LWE), ethnic separatism to religious militancy. In other words, the terrorist threats in India essentially emanate from its own […]

  • ASSESSING URI: LOOKING BEYOND THE SOUNDBITES
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    Daylight was yet a few hours away when a group of four heavily armed terrorists sneaked into the Indian Army’s Brigade HQ at Uri and opened fire, catching the troops by surprise. In the sneak predawn attack on 18 September, 19 soldiers lost their lives and another 29 were injured, before the four terrorists were […]

  • THE LAST LETTER
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    For fifty years, I believed that my husband had gone missing or was still a prisoner in an Indian jail, as we never got his body back. It was not until April, last year in 2015, that I accidentally found a folder of my late husband’s letters – close to one hundred of which that […]

  • 29 SEPTEMBER 2016: YES, WE CAN
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    It was many years ago, when I first heard of Captain Kalia. He was just 23 years old when he was tortured and killed by Pakistani soldiers before his mutilated body was returned to India. The news left us numbed. Every time I read about his old father running from pillar to post, trying to […]