Foreign Policy Initiatives
“Even Pakistan’s support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar is lacking,” said Major General (retired0 Ashok mehra. “Inviting the Abu dhabi crown prince as the chief guest for Republic Day signals the support of a section of the Islamic world.”
But, India cannot afford to bask in the diplomatic sunshine. Global affiliations are changing – Russia has cosied up to Pakistan even as India has forged ties with the US. A little slip here, some complacence there, and there could be a lot of unraveling.
China, for instance, is still not on the same page, “ They are worried about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” said Bansal. “We should offer them alternatives. Can we think of opening China to India through a land route? We have to think of out of the box ways to engage with China.’
India, however, has to keep in mind the diplomatic fallout, say experts. “ One point is clear. We’ve given a strategic massage that our self-imposed embargo on the sanctity of the Line of Control is not etched in stone, “ said Mehra.
There is no perceivable evidence of India’s covert operation across the LoC, precisely because it was what our special forces intended.
A surgical strike, says the Macmillan Dictionary, is “a military attack, especially by air, that is designed to destroy something specific and to avoid wider damage” The common military understanding is that it is an attack carried out without warning and intended to deal only with a specific target. Such operations are quick and covert, but the result is left open for the world to see. The classic example is Israel’s air raid on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.
What the Indian army did on the night of September 28-29 was a slow and laborious operation, which had troops creeping climbing and crawling across the LoC and across two kilometers of rugged terrain, avoiding stepping on land-mines or alerting village dogs, reaching largely undefended targets, catching the enemy off-guard, killing him and destroying his camp in the dark. No photos sent, no bodies carried back, no trophies. But they did it.
7 million jobs can disappear by 2050
India needs to go back to the basics and protect sectors like farming, unorganized retail, micro and small enterprises, which contribute to 99% of current livelihoods in the country. These sectors need support from the government no regulation. India needs smart villages and not smart cities in the 21st century,” PRAHAR said.
A small look on internal security
While elsewhere in the country, Virat Kohli scores double handreds, and R Ashwin claims his 200th wicket, records of another sort are being broken in Kashmir. Here the curfew has reached its century of days, the death toll is close to a century too, while bullet injuries and blindings now number in the thousands rather than hundreds. The records set by Kohli, Ashwing and company bring credit to Indian cricket. The records being set in Kashmir bring shame to India and Indian democracy.
On social & developmental aspects - Let’s talk about chronic hunger
In order to secure India’s borders forever, it is essential to bridge the gulf of economic inequality that exists across the country.
I is pertinent to mention here that the group of children include both Hindus and Muslims. Slums don’t discriminate between people on the basis of religion.
I wouldn’t have written on this subject had I not read about India’s have written on this subject had I not read about India’s dismal record in the fight against hunger in our sister publication, Mint. According to statistics fromk the international Food Policy Research Institute’s global hunger index, our country is worse off than Nepal, Bangladesh, Senegal and Rwanda. We lag behind nations whose names most people haven’t heard of.
Those debating about national security, the martyrdom of our soldiers, GDP, repo rate and urbanization often forget that in order to secure our borders forever, it is essential to bridge the gulf of economic inequality.
Why are subjects such as these missing from intellectual and political debates?