11 May, 2021

Turning Point Uri

Surgical strikes won’t help if Kashmir remains in turmoil

Turning Point Uri

There should be no surprise that India carried out a surgical strike on Pakistan on Wednesday. It is in sync with the mood in the country post the Uri ­attack and the context in which Narendra Modi ­became PM, whereby he can’t be seen as another Manmohan Singh lest it makes Arun Shourie’s statement­—that the BJP is not that different from the Congress­—ring true. Even in his recent Kozhikode address, the PM did speak about—albeit elliptic­ally—this strong response to Pakistan when he said their actions wouldn’t go unpunished. Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UNGA also had a lot of subtext: she said India had clearly reached the end of its patience. Calling a press conference immediately, with the MEA on board too, was a deft act of controlling the narrative of the event. In naval terms, we would congratulate this with a ‘Bravo Zulu’ signal.

DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said our focus is counter-­terrorism and our objective was limited to this time and space. It shouldn’t be read as a threat...

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