Counter-militancy in India's North East
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.
A behind-the-scenes reconstruction of the daring Special Forces attacks on North Eastern rebel groups.
Acrude, insensitive misrepresentation of a cross-border raid for political mileage that undeservedly named and shamed a friendly country like Myanmar.
Surgical strikes in enemy territory, which go back to the time of Alauddin Khilji, have always been kept a secret by Indian forces.
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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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which has been getting the most attention.
The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
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