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26/11 UNFORGIVEN, launch at Nagpur

26/11 UNFORGIVEN, launch at Nagpur

As I said in my talk, wars need to be ended and not just stopped. There’s a huge difference between the two things. Had UN been around during the second world war it’d have stopped it in the middle and allowed Hitler to continue to rule Germany. God only knows how many more Jews he’d have gone on to kill. In Kashmir, we didn’t allow the war to be completed in 1947, 65, 71 as well as in 1999. And we continue to pay for that blunder. We have lost more than a hundred thousand lives since 1947 because of our problems with Pakistan. Had we allowed the war to be completed, I’m sure this issue would not have cost us this much. Stopping a war before it completes its course prolongs the pain as the issue which caused the war doesn’t go away. It lingers on and on, till it brims over once again leading to another war. This is exactly what has happened with us. Even in 1971, we completed the war on our eastern border for benefit of Bangladeshis but didn’t do it on the western borders for our own benefit. 

Book launch 26/11 UNFORGIVEN

Book launch 26/11 UNFORGIVEN

The book launch event for 26/11 UNFORGIVEN was held at Mumbai on 16th Dec with eminent author Amish Tripathi as the Chief Guest. HERE’S TRANSCRIPT OF MY SPEECH AT MUMBAI BOOK LAUNCH EVENT, AND FIRST FEW PAGES OF MY BOOK ’26/11 UNFORGIVEN’. Ladies and gentlemen, Mumbai is a city of a million dreams. People from all over the country come to this city with stars in their eyes to fulfill and live their dreams. Many of them succeed too. The locals and these people from outside have together made the city what it is today, a flourishing mega-polis. It’s because of their efforts that the city has a unique identity of its own, not only within the country but even around the world. However, sometimes this identity itself becomes the problem. The enemies of our nation feel that if they harm this identity of Mumbai, it’ll harm the entire nation. And they’re right on this score. Delhi may be the political capital of India but its Mumbai which is the financial and commercial capital. Any harm on this city reflects very poorly on the nation as a whole. And that’s exactly the reason why this city has been targeted over and over again in the last couple of decades. It began with the train blasts of 92-93, train blasts again in 2003 and yet again in 2006. It saw bomb blasts in 2003 and 2011. And we had 26/11 attacks in 2008, all of which are a scar on the soul of this beautiful city. In all these attacks we lost hundreds of innocent lives. That raises the question, why is that the terrorists were able to successfully target the city over and over again? Why were we not able to stop the perpetrators from carrying out their nefarious designs? Why did the terrorists also succeed not only in targeting Mumbai but many other places in the country as well? Well, the most important reason for their success and our failure is that we did not hit back effectively enough to make the perpetrators pay for their heinous crimes. We also failed to give a suitable reply to Pakistan. Had we done this whenever there was a terrorist attack in our country, the enemies of our nation wouldn’t have succeeded in carrying out so many blasts. It’s true that we’ve managed to punish some of those involved in these attacks, but those were petty foot soldiers. The ones who’re actually planning the destruction in our country are still roaming around free in Pakistan. Be it Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon, Zaki-ur-Rehanman Lakhvi or Hafiz Saeed, so far we haven’t been able to punish them for their crimes.

Invitation for Mumbai event

Invitation for Mumbai event

Presenting a literary tribute to the heroes of 26/11 attacks and those who didn’t come back home on that fateful night. The event is being held in Mumbai on 16th Dec 2018, under the aegis of Indic Academy and will include a formal launch of my book 26/11 UNFORGIVEN. Mumbaikars, mark your calendars. It’s a Sunday, and everyone is invited. See you there!

Over-hyped Forgiveness

Over-hyped Forgiveness

Two contrarian events were held yesterday. One event was held in Mumbai to pay tributes to those killed in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, and the second event was held on the Indian side of the border in Punjab near Kartarpur Sahib, to lay the foundation for a corridor to be built which could enable Sikhs to visit the shrine where Guru Nanak breathed his last. At both the functions, the representatives of the govt were in attendance. In Mumbai, CM Devendra Fadnavis was present, whereas in Punjab, CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Vice President Venkiah Naidu were present. Nitin Gadkari managed to attend both the functions since one was in the day and the other was in the evening. But that’s where the similarity between the two events end.

My new book ’26/11 UNFORGIVEN’

My new book ’26/11 UNFORGIVEN’

Wars need to be ended, not stopped. There’s a difference between the two. We’ve fought four wars with Pakistan so far, but each time we stopped before we could complete the war. We ought to have let the war run its course the first time in 1948 itself. We could’ve won the war then, without losing more than hundred thousand lives that we’ve lost ever since. Even in 1971, we completed the war on our eastern borders for Bangladeshis, but failed to do so for ourselves on the western borders. After more than seventy years, the issue of Kashmir lingers on, and continues to be exploited, both by vested interests outside the country AS WELL AS INSIDE. Mumbai attack on 26/11 is a classic example of this. Quite like the issue of Kashmir, the next of kin of victims of 26/11 also continue to wait for a closure. Nothing much, except the ridiculous and failed dossier diplomacy, has been done to heal those wounds. And hence it remains- 26/11 UNFORGIVEN Check out the video in the post.

Should army take over the government?

Should army take over the government?

Some of my civilian friends ask me this question, whenever they find the civil administration not being able to discharge its duties properly. It used be asked more often during Congress regime but not much now. However, there’re still occasions when an odd guy does pop this question, like when they see people begging for food or when they believe that even Supreme Court is not able to dispense justice. On such occasions they say that it’d be better if the army governed our country. They think that if it happened there’d be less chaos, officials wouldn’t ask for bribes, justice would be swift and poverty would be eradicated.

मेरा वो मतलब नहीं था

मेरा वो मतलब नहीं था

Nothing has changed in Pakistan, or rather nothing can change in Pakistan. Their govt may have changed but they’re still hanging on for dear survival as they were earlier, and they’re still as anti-India as they were earlier. It isn’t really surprising therefore, to see Shahid Afridi too not changing, or rather not growing up. He still puts his foot in his mouth whenever he gets an opportunity, as he did earlier. Like he did with his umpteen retirement announcements where he went back on his words and made umpteen minus one comebacks, he has again gone back on his words recently, and that too in less than 24 hours, implying मेरा वो मतलब नहीं था.

Is the Statue of Unity worth it?

Is the Statue of Unity worth it?

A lot has been said and written about the Statue of Unity which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi recently. Many people have raised objections to spending nearly 3000 crores on the statue. They say that this money could’ve been gainfully employed for other purposes like building schools, hospitals, roads etc. An MP from UK, Peter Bone went to the extent of calling it ‘complete nonsense’. He added that they (UK) shouldn’t be giving us aid if we’re using so much money in building statues. This raises the question, is the statue worth it?

Sardar Patel versus Indira Gandhi

Sardar Patel versus Indira Gandhi

Sardar Patel would’ve scoffed at any comparison between him and Indira Gandhi who was more than forty years younger than him, and was only thirty years old in 1947 when Sardar came into his own. For him, she was just a daughter of his ‘junior’ colleague. He also wouldn’t have known that she’d die on his very date of birth, or rather assassinated on his date of birth. Congress is miffed with BJP, and understandably so, for unveiling the Statue of Unity to honour Sardar Patel on this very day. They say that BJP is trying to undermine the legacy of Indira Gandhi.

26/11 Unforgiven- My new book

26/11 Unforgiven- My new book

Even as Kasab and David Coleman Headley were saying it was a Pakistani conspiracy, some politicians were calling it a conspiracy of RSS. Had Kasab not been caught alive……. Blame on RSS would’ve stuck. Why did they do this? Why did they want to let Pakistan off the hook?

Sabrimala: where do political parties stand?

Sabrimala: where do political parties stand?

As expected, as the govt tried to implement the Supreme Court verdict, protests in Sabrimala have broken out. It’s pertinent to note that majority of protesters are women. There have been reports of violence as well. Govt of Kerala is being cautious in its dealings with protesters, so far. Various political parties too have jumped into the fray. This was something which was unavoidable. An issue as important as this which is directly related to the faith and belief of the people ought to be dealt with politically too. To point out, Left front govt in Kerala welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court when it was pronounced and are now eager to implement it. Congress, which too had welcomed the verdict, is now having second thoughts. The large scale protests have forced them to reconsider their position. BJP which was cautious in its stand earlier has now come out strongly in favor of protesters. Except for the Congress, the other two have played their cards in accordance to their political beliefs.

Should temples in Kerala help in reconstruction of state after recent floods?

Should temples in Kerala help in reconstruction of state after recent floods?

We know Kerala has been hit badly by floods in the last few weeks. The damage has been extensive running into millions of dollars apart from the loss of hundreds of lives. The state, though not among the poorest in the country, has rightly asked for additional aid from every quarter to help in the reconstruction. Apart from the center they’ve even asked NRIs from the state to pitch in. Suffice to say, at this juncture the state does need all the help that it can get. One of the entities which have been called upon to donate in this effort are the three big temples of Kerala, namely Padmanabha, Guruvayur and Sabrimala temples. Apart from others, even BJP MP Udit Raj has called upon these temples to open their treasure chests for the purpose. Though no one has the exact figures, it’s widely believed that they’re holding thousands of crores of wealth in cash, jewelry and land. These guesses may not be off the mark. These demands have led to a debate whether temples should contribute or not in this process since no institution from other religions have been asked to do the same. Pertinent to mention, the Catholic Church and Wakf Board also hold large amount of wealth, in cash as well as in the form of property. However, there has neither been any demand for them to help nor have they themselves offered to do so. It also must be pointed out that Muslims make up 27% of the population of the state with 18% being Christians.

Beware of Urban Naxals

Beware of Urban Naxals

Take a look at what these people are trying to do. This is a picture of the first page of the maoist textbook and the screen shot of their chapter on strategy which clearly says that they want to overthrow the government through an armed rebellion. For such a rebellion to succeed, maoists have dedicated cadres who do the physical activities like fighting the security forces. These so called liberals arrested by the government are the ones operate from cities in support of these very maoists. They instigate people to take up arms and help in recruitment of new cadres. Apart from this they also arrange funds for their campaigns. This is done through a variety of ways like hawala, extortion, foreign agencies etc. It’s clear that these are very dangerous people who don’t subscribe to democratic values and want to convert our country into a communist nation through a rebellion. While many in the media will portray those arrested as just being activists, the evidence uncovered proves the real intentions of these traitors, which is to overthrow our democratically elected govt and bring about a communist rule. It’s no secret that all rebellions begin under the garb of fighting for the rights of the poor. This one is no different.

Death wish on Independence Day

Death wish on Independence Day

Both India and Pakistan celebrated their independence day recently. Ours was marked by a resounding speech by the PM Narendra Modi whereas there was nothing but gloom visible across the border with more reports of killings in a bomb blast. The difference in the two nations who came into their own at the same time in 1947 couldn’t have been starker. While we’re moving swiftly on a path to greatness, Pakistan is galloping towards its downfall. So when the celebrations on this auspicious day in India started I felt like wishing the Pakistanis too on their Independence day. But I couldn’t do so as I found myself to be in a dilemma. I didn’t know what or how should I wish them.

What does Imran’s election mean for India?

The farce of an election is over. As designed by powers that be, Imran Khan has won and will be the PM of Pakistan. There’s little doubt that the entire election was rigged. Pakistan is yet to learn the importance of free and fair elections in a country’s road to progress. They don’t understand that democratic path to progress may not be an easy one but the other options are far worse. In communist countries leaders are selected. In democracies, they’re elected. However in Pakistan, their leaders are selected to be elected. Their democracy is only applicable at probably the municipal level. Beyond this things become too important for their army to allow the common people to decide. Pakistan’s army hasn’t understood that because of their lack of faith in democracy they’ve had a troubled past and will have a troubled future as well. As far as Imran Khan’s election is concerned, here’re a few takeaways.

Gandhigiri versus Maturity of Rahul Gandhi

Gandhigiri versus Maturity of Rahul Gandhi

For the most part of his speech in parliament, Rahul Gandhi seemed to be scoring valuable points for the Congress. His barbs on PM Modi, though expected, were delivered with an energy not generally seen on Rahul Gandhi’s persona. Even his insinuation against Nirmala Sitharaman on Rafale deal was sharp, never mind that it was false. Things changed drastically when Rahul went for a hug with PM Modi. It looked quite childish and ridiculous. You either attack your opponent or you hug. You don’t do both simultaneously. In politics, you can’t say that though your opponent’s policies are harming the nation but I still love him and will even hug him. That’s stupid. This kind of Gandhigiri may look good in a Munnabhai movie, but things don’t work that way in real life. Musharraf also tried something similar with Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2002 during a SAARC summit in Nepal, when after finishing his address he walked up to Atal ji and extended his hand for a handshake. Vajpayee took it but was mature enough not to get carried away by semantics. Modi too didn’t get carried away by this sudden display of affection by Rahul. Like Atal ji, he too reciprocated the gesture but was smart enough to see through it. Any doubts he might have had about the sincerity of the hug were removed by Rahul’s ‘WINK’ to his colleagues just afterwards. It clearly showed that this was nothing but an act.

Another military rule in Pakistan?

Another military rule in Pakistan?

It’s not being discussed in our media, but there’s a near civil war like situation within Pakistan these days. Things have taken a turn for the worse and it’s going to get even more worse in the next few days. All this when there’s a general election scheduled to be held on 25th Jul. Three events have led to the situation as it exists today.

Glamorization of JEHAD

Glamorization of JEHAD

Yesterday was the killing anniversary of Burhan Wani. Two years ago he was gunned down in an encounter with security forces near Kokernag not very far from his home in Tral in South Kashmir. He had become some kind of a social media icon in the valley. He routinely posted his pictures posing muscularly with his rifle. He also made several videos in which he urged other young boys to pick up the gun against Indian security forces. These videos were to be found in every Whatsapp group in the valley. To further impress his audience he once posted a picture of his entire group comprising of eleven JEHADIS. The picture went viral on the social media where these boys were falsely eulogized for their courage. He didn’t give the names of his fellow JEHADIS but it didn’t take very long for the security forces to identify each one of them. Once this was done, it was a matter of time before these JEHADIS were neutralized. Glamorization of JEHAD back fired. Along with Burhan Wani, nine of them were sent to hell by the forces while one of them, Tariq Pandit (number 6), was apprehended alive. Here’s a rundown of these terrorists-

Supply and demand of JEHADIS

Supply and demand of JEHADIS

It is said that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. While there may be an element of truth in this statement, one fails to understand why there’re so many so called ‘freedom fighters’ active within Pakistan. Whom do they want freedom from? Isn’t Pakistan already a free country? Well, Pakistan is surely a free country, but being a ‘freedom fighter’ or ‘mujahideen’ (I prefer to call them JEHADIS), is now an established profession within Pakistan, just like a doctor, engineer, software professional etc. The reasons for this situation are not too far to look. It’s a question of mismatched equation of supply and demand. According to Husain Haqqani, former ambassador of Pakistan to US, Pakistan produces nearly 20,000 jehadis every year to be employed in Afghanistan and India. I’m quoting these figures from his book Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, 2nd edition, published in 2016. As you can see, these figures are not too old and are likely to be valid even today. Even if these figures have come down since then, it still means that those jehadis recruited before 2016 are active in Pakistan today. Always remember, once a jehadi, always a jehadi.

Why was video of surgical strikes released now?

Why was video of surgical strikes released now?

After more than 600 days of the Surgical Strikes the video evidence of the same was released by the government of India a few days ago. It was received and watched by millions of Indians with pride and enthusiasm. However, it is pertinent to ask as to why was this video released at this juncture? Why wasn’t it released when many in the opposition including Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh etc were asking for it way back in 2016? Why didn’t we show this evidence to Pakistanis who claimed that no surgical strikes had taken place? It’d have been a tight slap on the faces of those who were questioning the veracity of the claims made by our army. What purpose does this serve now?

President’s rule for ever in Kashmir?

President’s rule for ever in Kashmir?

According to some sources, the forces wanted to go after the terrorists who had killed a soldier of 44 Rashtriya Rifles, Rifleman Aurangzeb Khan but Mehbooba Mufti wouldn’t allow it. This wasn’t acceptable to the central govt, and hence they decided to break the alliance. The imposition of Governor’s rule comes as a relief as now the forces can go about their job as they’re supposed to. As I write this column reports coming from the valley suggest that four more terrorists have been killed in Bandipore immediately after the government announced lifting of the ceasefire. Another report says that Yasin Malik of the Hurriyat Conference has also been arrested. These are clear indicators which spell out the message from the government that it means business now. It must be pointed out that elected chief ministers will never let the security forces do their job freely. The reasons are obvious. To give an example, Mehbooba Mufti released more than ten thousand stone pelters from imprisonment and withdrew the FIRs filed against them. Hurriyat was only too happy to have them back to do their dirty work. It was no surprise that these boys went back to their old ways once they were out on the streets. Kindly note:- A Kashmiri gets eight times more money from the Indian Government when compared with citizens from other states of India. In 1992-93, per capita assistance to other states was Rs 576.24 and in 2000-2001, it was Rs 1,137. The same per capita for Kashmiri was increased from Rs 3,197 to Rs 8,092 in the same time duration. The Central Assistance can be simplified as if Central Government provides assistance to each Kashmiri Family (with five members) then each family would get 40,460 Rs/year. The Government of India provides assistance to every Indian state by means i.e. Loans and Grants. Jammu & Kashmir get 90% of the money as a grant and 10% as a loan. For rest of India, it is 70% as loan and 30% as a grant. In the year 1980, the number of people living below the poverty line in Kashmir was 24.24% which dropped to 3.48% in next 20 years. The current national average for people living below poverty line in rest of India is 26.10%.

Kashmir burns, Kashmiris die, Kashmiriyat dead

Kashmir burns, Kashmiris die, Kashmiriyat dead

We cannot be following a policy of ‘Blow Hot, Blow Cold’ in the valley. We cannot have a situation wherein sometimes you’re on the offensive but after a while you become defensive. In the current case, the ceasefire was abruptly announced just as the forces were beginning to have an upper hand in the situation. It gave a feeling that the govt may not be sure of itself. If the govt is following the policy of ‘Carrot and Stick’, let me point out that I do not completely agree with this. The correct policy would be ‘Talk Softly but Carry a Big Stick’. According to this policy you need not make dire statements like the one made by General Rawat in which he said Kashmiris cannot fight the army and hope to win. While the statement in itself is correct, it sounded like a challenge to the Kashmiris. Not surprisingly, it was used by terrorists to whip up passions and there was an increase in the number of young boys picking up weapons as well as in stone pelting incidents. This is not to say that army needs to go soft on these elements. The army should continue with its operations against these terrorists. Their message will be obvious to the civilian population from the news reports of terrorists killed. This will further get amplified if there’s no ceasefire in future either. To add to this, while a physical crackdown on Hurriyat seems a far-fetched idea at the moment, a financial freeze on their assets will go a long way in cutting down on their terror financing activities. While some work on this score has already been done, it needs to be taken to its logical conclusion so that Hurriyat does not get any money from across the border. That’s crucial.

Did Pakistan have a hand in bringing about the ceasefire in Kashmir valley?

Did Pakistan have a hand in bringing about the ceasefire in Kashmir valley?

The protests are getting out of hand. The protesters too are getting out of hand. And all this is happening while we’re observing a ceasefire. Isn’t it ironical? There should be peace in valley but instead we have a situation wherein the violence has increased. On second thoughts, it really isn’t ironical. If the security forces are observing restraint, it gives an opportunity to these azadi-mongers to be more brazen. That’s exactly what has happened. Ramzan was just an excuse to emotionally blackmail the govt into announcing a ceasefire. Mehbooba Mufti played an incredibly smart card. By asking for a ceasefire from the govt she endeared herself to Kashmiris who were feeling alienated as she had joined hands with BJP to form the govt in the state. There’s no doubt that she has rediscovered her relationship with Hurriyat, which is nothing but a proxy for Pakistan. When Mufti called for a ceasefire, she was doing Hurriyat’s bidding. And therefore, there’s little doubt now that this idea of a ceasefire emanated from Pakistan. To further quell any doubts that anyone may have, Pakistan has requested for a similar ceasefire at the borders as well. This was the whole idea. They first manipulated the situation to bring about a ceasefire in the valley through an emotional appeal based on Ramzan, and once they succeeded in doing that, they then used the occasion to tell us that if you can observe a ceasefire in the hinterland, why not have it at the border as well. It seems that we’ve taken their bait, for now at least.

What’s the link between Tirupati, Archbishop of Delhi and Anti-Sterlite protests in Tuticorin?

What’s the link between Tirupati, Archbishop of Delhi and Anti-Sterlite protests in Tuticorin?

Three important events took place in the country in the last few days. In the first instance, the sacked chief priest of Lord Venkateshwara temple, Tirupati made serious allegations against Chandra Babu Naidu of interfering in the temples’ affairs. In the second instance, the Archbishop of Delhi appealed to Christians to vote out BJP which created a controversy because it’s a call to vote based on religion. The third instance relates to the protest against Sterlite plant in Tuticorin where 13 people were killed in police firing. On the face of it, all these incidents seem to be isolated events having no relation to each other. But that’s just on the face of it. If you look deeper the relationship becomes obvious. Let’s briefly examine each of these instances.

Why did Yeddyurappa resign?

Why did Yeddyurappa resign?

On the face of it, it would appear that BS Yeddyurappa resigned from chief ministership because BJP was falling short of the numbers. However, if some reports are to be believed, this wasn’t the case at all. They had the requisite numbers. Then why did BSY resign?

Should we accept Mehbooba Mufti’s request for a ceasefire?

Should we accept Mehbooba Mufti’s request for a ceasefire?

In view of the forthcoming month of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, Mehbooba Mufti recently called for a unilateral ceasefire from the central govt for this duration. She quoted Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s decision of such a ceasefire in 2000. She said that a ceasefire could provide relief to the people and create a better atmosphere in the state. While there’s no doubt that Mr Vajpayee did take such an initiative at that time but that was in an entirely different context. Every action has to be relevant to the times we live in. Today’s situation is in no way akin to that of 2000. At that time, Kargil war had just ended, and Mr Vajpayee had come back to power as PM in end of 1999 on the back of this hard fought war in which we had lost more than 500 lives. Pakistan too was reeling under its own losses, which, according to reports, was close to 4000 lives. Are the two situations comparable?

Should our forces take out their pellet guns now?

Should our forces take out their pellet guns now?

During demonetization, Hurriyat had lost a lot of unaccounted cash which severely affected their operations in the valley. It appears that now they’ve again managed to build up their dirty war-chest with extortions and/or counterfeiting our new currency notes through their friends in Pakistan. This is the only plausible reason for these stone-pelters for having become active again. These youngsters would only do it for money, nothing else. All that talk of Azaadi is just hogwash. Had Azaadi been their driving force, thousands of them would’ve joined the ranks of militants, not just a few handful. For these youngsters, it’s better being a stone-pelter than a militant. As a militant, you have to leave your home and stay in jungles or hideouts. If that’s not uncomfortable enough, there’s the risk of being killed in an encounter by the forces. On the other hand a stone-pelter stays in his home and even gets paid for throwing stones with little danger to life, currently at least. It’s the comfort, easy money and security of belief that security forces will not open fire on them, the driving forces for these youngsters to take stone-pelting.

Impeachment motion: It’s only about Ramjanmabhoomi case

Impeachment motion: It’s only about Ramjanmabhoomi case

Sometimes one wonders who is advising Rahul Gandhi. Or is anyone doing it at all? Is he taking such decisions like initiating impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Deepak Mishra on his own or has someone like Kapil Sibal advised him to do so? These questions are not without any basis. There’re valid reasons to doubt the decision making process within the Congress. If this was a well thought through move, then why didn’t eminent leaders of Congress party itself, like Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram, sign this petition to the Vice President? Why have some of their other leaders like Ashwini Kumar and Salman Khurshid dissented against this decision in public? Even some opposition parties like TMC and DMK decided to stay away from this move? Mamata Bannerjee has publically pointed out that she advised Sonia and Rahul Gandhi not to indulge in such tactics. Don’t all of them have one thing in common, that they want to see the downfall of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi? If that is the case, then why have they not supported Congress in this (mis)adventure?

You’ve been warned

Before the air exercise Gagan Shakti even got over, it has achieved the single most important aim set for it. It delivered a critical message to our neighbours China and Pakistan. The message was: India is more than prepared for a two-front war. Even as the exercise is yet to culminate, the Chinese media recently came out with an effusive praise for the same. Since the Chinese state strictly controls what gets published in their media, this can be seen as an acknowledgement by the government of China of India’s capability to successfully face such a challenge.

Which way should India look?

Geo-politics is a funny animal. One day it tells you to move towards one country, on another day it says that you need to balance your earlier move and move towards another. On the third day it might make you move towards yet another nation. This is especially true for a nation like India which, by virtue of its policies is a friend of most major powers of the world, and yet not the best friend of any.

Hindu-Muslim riots versus SC/ST riots

Ideally many in the opposition would prefer a Hindu-Muslim riot which would help them tom-tom a fallacy that BJP is out to exterminate the Muslims in the country. But since that hasn’t happened in the last four years that the current regime has been in power, despite many efforts by the vested interests, they would settle for SC/ST riot instead, which people like Jignesh Mewani have been seen and heard to be instigating.

Some deaths are in vain

Some deaths are actually in vain. Among others, the recent death of 9 CRPF personnel in a blast in Sukma district will be counted as one. There have been too many attacks on CRPF personnel in the recent times. It appears that death of our soldiers, especially those fighting the naxals is becoming a routine matter for us. It is as if, it doesn’t count for anything. We read about the news, express our condolences and move on till the next incident happens, when the routine is repeated once again. Over a period of time, for a concerned citizen, it is matter of shame that we do not give the issue its due attention. It  The reason why this feeling of helplessness is seeping in is not very far to look. In fact, these reasons are staring at our faces, if we pause and take a holistic view of things.

Should our generals talk about peace with Pakistan?

In recent times a couple of our senior officers including a serving general have spoken about working with Pakistan Army to build confidence and move forward. They have even pointed out that a nuclear armed nation can only be pushed up to a point and not beyond that. To improve things, they suggest, we should have people to people contact and cultural exchanges, something we were doing till a couple of years ago. As an ex-fauji it is difficult to believe that some senior officers live in a cuckoo land and talk about peace with someone who’s only aim is to destroy India.

Video- What’s the Rafale controversy?

What’s the Rafale controversy all about? A short three minute video on this issue.

Is Rafale deal equivalent to liberalization of 1991?

The previous govts have failed to understand that no nation in history has become powerful by importing their defence equipment. If you do not make your own weapons, you can forget about being a major player in the world. This is so because in war, you cannot be dependent upon others to meet your urgent requirements. They may act pricey or worse, refuse to co-operate with you depending upon the geo-political situation of the their country vis-a-vis our adversary. To put things in perspective, in just the last ten years China has gone from being a weapons importer to a major exporter in the weapons bazaar of the world. It goes to show what we can achieve in just ten years.

Will there be a war with Pakistan in near future?

My short two minute video on this subject. Take a look.

Will there be a war with Pakistan?

The question that is being asked by my civilian friends is whether there’s going to be a war with Pakistan in the near future. Or will Pakistan be able to continue with its nefarious design of causing casualties both on our borders as well as hinterland. This is a valid question which begets a serious thought.

Video – Four Steps to Handle Pakistan

My short and crisp 3 minute video on how to handle Pakistan.

Four steps to handle Pakistan

The recent killing of Capt Kundu and three other jawans in Kashmir by Pakistan has stirred the hearts and minds of the Indians in general, and the army in particular. Indian public is now baying for Pakistani blood. The days of ‘measured response’ are over. It’s high time we made the Pakistanis pay dearly for their misdemeanors. Many senior retired officers like Lt Gen Ata Hasnain have recently written about what our response should be. You can read his article in The Print here. Apart from focus on infrastructure, General Hasnain suggests escalating the fire assaults to a level wherein it becomes unbearable for Pakistanis to bear the cost of the damage inflicted. While I agree with what Gen Hasnain has recommended, I’d like to take it a couple of notches further.

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26/11 UNFORGIVEN, launch at Nagpur

As I said in my talk, wars need to be ended and not just stopped. There’s a huge difference between the two things. Had UN been around during the second world war it’d have stopped it in the middle and allowed Hitler to continue to rule Germany. God only knows how many more Jews he’d have gone on to kill. In Kashmir, we didn’t allow the war to be completed in 1947, 65, 71 as well as in 1999. And we continue to pay for that blunder. We have lost more than a hundred thousand lives since 1947 because of our problems with Pakistan. Had we allowed the war to be completed, I’m sure this issue would not have cost us this much. Stopping a war before it completes its course prolongs the pain as the issue which caused the war doesn’t go away. It lingers on and on, till it brims over once again leading to another war. This is exactly what has happened with us. Even in 1971, we completed the war on our eastern border for benefit of Bangladeshis but didn’t do it on the western borders for our own benefit. 

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