SURGICAL STRIKES

SURGICAL STRIKES

God hates war, but God loves every soldier – Rick Warren

Surgical strikes damaged India more than they did Pakistan.
Pakistan lost a few Jihadis; India lost the plot: Indian polity was split down the middle between those who applauded the strikes and those who called the army liars.
“Do not destroy the army,” is our appeal to the Leftist, Centrist, Rightist, Secularist, Communalist, Caste-ist – that is to all those whose calling is real politic and whose pope is Henry Kissinger: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”
Kissinger was wrong then. He is wrong now.

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AHIMSA (अहिंसा)

AHIMSA (अहिंसा)

Gandhi Jayanti – birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – 02 October, is also the International Day of Non-violence (Ahimsa).
Ahimsa – abstention from violence to achieve an outcome – is an ancient philosophy. But Gandhi revolutionized Ahimsa: from a personal practice, into a “unique weapon” of social and political change.
Main critique of Ahimsa is that it assumes that the adversary will have compassion and sense of justice; and that it can only succeed with “a free press and the right of assembly.”
On balanced though, Ahimsa is desirable because it is “the politics of ordinary people.”
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RETRIBUTION

India’s surgical strikes in POK that destroyed six-eight terrorist launch pads killing 30-55 terrorists and two Pak soldiers was a symbol of a paradigm shift in its response to Pakistan-sponsored terror: a symbol of India’s political resolve that terrorist shall be punished no matter what the cost; that sponsoring terror shall not be a no-cost or low-cost option.
Coming a day after Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif’s threat to “nuke India,” the strikes called Pakistan’s bluff.
These strikes are the beginning, not the end. Pakistan will respond. But that response will not be to strike at terrorism at home – it is too deeply ingrained there to be removed by surgical strikes – but to strike against India. Through terrorists. Through shelling of border villages.
And India is prepared for that.
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ASIAN UNION

Amidst rising India-Pakistan bellicosity, the notion of an ‘Asian Union’ along the lines of European Union, is like a salve on a deep wound that needs radical surgery. Improbable though it is, Asian Union is not a pipe dream. It will not happen in the next few decades. But in the next hundred years – who knows? Continue reading ASIAN UNION