22 September, 2020

The Nuke's Blunted Edge

As feared, nuclear parity has negated the Indian armed forces' superiority in conventional arms over Pakistan.

The Nuke's Blunted Edge

Seldom have the consequences of a government's ill-considered decision to impress the world, and its own people, with new-found military prowess been visited upon it so soon. A year ago, the bjp-led government was celebrating Pokhran II as a major contribution to India's defence. Home minister L.K. Advani proclaimed that the nuclear test 'brought about a qualitative new state in India-Pakistan relations, particularly in finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem ' . Islamabad was advised to 'realise the change in the geo-strategic situation in the region and the world ' .

Islamabad realised it only too well. It responded with tests in the Chagai hills and achieved overt nuclear parity. Less than a year later, it launched a well-planned incursion across the LoC in a sector in which it could threaten our vital supply lifeline from Srinagar to Leh, Siachen and posts facing the Chinese in Aksai Chin. The area was selected to minimise the cost to the intruders and maximise the cost that India would have to pay to retake strategic positions.

The Pakistani planners could...



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