28 November, 2020

Raising The Pitch

India goes on offensive as hopes of an early peace diminish

Raising The Pitch

Barbarism will invite a strengthening of resolve. That was the clear message sent out by the Indian government last week. The debate over who mutilated the bodies of the six Indian soldiers, who knew (or did not know) about it, is irrelevant. But what is crucial is to understand what it represents in the tactical game surrounding Kargil and to put into action a studied, deliberate response.

Against this backdrop, the government is being inundated with advice. From those who believe 'enough is enough; now teach them a lesson', to others who feel that 'even in this moment of national indignation, the provocation by a reckless enemy calls even more for a firm, reasoned and shrewd response; not merely an emotional one'.

In the span of a few days early last week, the government has attempted to take on board criticism of the confused manner of its functioning, and responded accordingly. This response may be media-driven, but that doesn't neccesarily make it facile. The media's position, after all, at a level also reflects public opinion....



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