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Unity Of Elan Before Aggression

In blunting Pakistan’s asymmetric, ‘hybrid’ war on us, conventionally punitive measures have to mingle with counter-propaganda, cyber control

Unity Of Elan Before Aggression
Enemy No. 1 | Photograph by AP
Unity Of Elan Before Aggression
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2019-02-22T15:08:07+05:30

India’s 1962 debacle with China taught us that good neighbourly relations alone cannot secure the nation. Post 1962, we invested in developing capabilities of our armed forces, and within three years, in 1965 we gave a befitting response to Pakistan’s second attempt to wrest Kashmir by force. In 1971, India had a brilliant victory, secured the surrender of the Pakistan army, liberation of Ban­­­gladesh, and custody of 93,000 Pakistani PoWs.

Like 1962 proved a turning point for building capability for conventional wars, the February 14 terrorist attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), supported by Pakistan, should be a watershed in our capabilities to deter and defeat hybrid war.

In 2001, JeM had attacked the J&K Assembly in Srinagar, followed by Parliament in New Delhi. Even though India reacted with full-scale mobilisation of its forces, the time taken to mobilise dampened the possibility of surprise and swift offensive.

India revised its strategy towards more proactive offensive operations, with available reserves and bui­­lding up with strategic reserves. Pakistan evolved its counter strategy, called ‘new concept of war fig­hting’, essentially an attempt to constrict time and space for conventional war. Pakistan’s endeavour is fourfold: swifter mobilisation into critical sectors; redisposition of reserves to check Indian offensives; lower the nuclear threshold by bringing into play tac­­tical nuclear weapons and enlarge scope for sub-­conventional operations. Pakistan ima­­gines a sea­m­less integration of sub-conventional, conventi­onal and tactical N-weapons into hybrid war. Con­com­itantly undertaken are information and cyber war.

JeM chief Masood Azhar was captured in 1994 in Kashmir, and released in December 1999 in excha­nge for...

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