The debate over the Indian Army's Special Forces raid against National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) insurgents on Myanmarese territory has produced two main reactions.
Analysts have commented on the way the operation was handled and its aftermath as a reflection of the Modi government’s style of functioning. At one level, it had to signal the “change in mindset” at the highest level; at another, “India's adversaries needed to know that there is a cost to pay” if the country's interests are threatened writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor
The problem in a military operation is that of civilians — not the military -- getting giddy at success. The chest-thumping and loud remarks have made matters difficult, not only for future discreet operations but appears to have placed the government of Myanmar in a spot writes Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor
Myanmar’s outrage will have to be soothed. Going ahead, we need its cooperation.
Acrude, insensitive misrepresentation of a cross-border raid for political mileage that undeservedly named and shamed a friendly country like Myanmar.
The political posturing in the wake of the Myanmar operation undermines India’s long-term interests.
Governments don’t sing about covert operations. Our strategic communication needs a lot more maturity.
The question that really need to be asked is: Is securing a modern nation such a simple act of bravado, especially in a complex neighbourhood?
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