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India has called Pakistan’s nuclear bluff again, but Modi cannot become complacent

Pakistan and the world will have to keep the redefined red lines in mind. But India can’t be complacent, because Pakistan’s compulsive bad habits return.

26 February, 2019 6:16 pm

IAF’s cross-border airstrikes leave certainties in their wake. Some negative and some positive. In India and Pakistan. Let’s list some of either.


Also read: IAF’s Balakot strike lasted 21 mins, used 1,000 kg Israeli bombs fed with GPS coordinates



Also read: These are the 3 locations in Pakistan that were bombed by Indian Air Force


In conclusion: ‘Game-changer’ is a much-abused expression these days. It doesn’t even do justice to the significance of this turn of events. So please suggest something more apt for a development with profound implications which are tactical, strategic and political.

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  • Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has won wide praise for his calm, measured presentation. The tone a responsible power should use while dealing with unprovoked, low intensity but completely unacceptable pinpricks of terrorism from a pesky neighbour. The timing of these events is very close to the general election. Let each Indian citizen make her own assessments on how challenges to national security are being dealt with by the government. Importing / injecting these elements into the electoral discourse would not be wise. All the more, as the column explains, because we do not know what lies ahead, how this dangerous standoff will play out.

  • Hitting Pakistan is commendable. But the crucial question is whether it will be followed by policies intended to win over the Kashmiri minds or the strike on Jaish camp will be viewed as making it convenient for more repressive measures.

  • It's sweet revenge for sure, but I wish things had not come to such a pass, that Pulwama hadn't happened. Now we are precariously close to making Kashmir an "international" issue, unlike a "bilateral" issue which India had managed to keep it as for so many decades without really trying to solve it! India always had military superiority over Pakistan, but Mr Modi believes that it is the be all and end all of the Kashmir solution. USA had military superiority over Vietnam, and we know what happened.

    Some proactive steps should have been taken to initiate dialogue soon after the first surgical strike when India was in a position of strength and Pakistan and separatists were struck with awe. But Mr Modi went into smug-mode coupled with cessation of all dialogue. That, after his impromptu visit to Pakistan to hug Nawaz Sharif during some private function of his family.

    To break this impasse it is essential that a new leadership emerges in India after the elections. It is too early to say how Pakistan will react. Hope our happiness on today's event proves lasting. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

  • "Morale booster' is the term I would like to use. Undoubtedly, it is not end of Pak-sponsored terrorism. However, after the Pulwama attack there was an air of despondency - India was caught in a trap and it seemed that India had no answer to the repeated terrorist onslaughts. Now the despondency is gone. Pakistan will have to be wary of the redlines every time it plans something big. Thus I believe that the airstrike has a mitigating effect. Pakistan will have suck this in- there is no other option, though its oral bravado may continue. China has urged Pakistan to maintain restraint. Pakistan did Pulwama, India did Balakot. This is equal now, no further action required. Let us now focus on the general elections- the exercise that matters the most for our democracy. It is a reasonable guess that pakistan will not so something as mad as striking India during the election time. BJP doesn't require to do any chest thumping. It has already scored its point. Let the country decide now.

  • If 70 years of experience in the sub-continent has taught anything it is that Pakistan is on its Gazwa-e-Hind crusade, that "Hindustan" was ruled by Muslims and that this should be restored. Kashmir is just a convenient pretext. If that problem was resolved the apologists of softly-softly approach should beware if they think India's problems would vanish that they are being rather naive and fanciful.Pakistan doesn't care a hoot for the Kashmiris. In fact, in POK, they have engineered a demographic change by infusion of Punjabis and outflow of Kashmiris into rest of Pakistan in pursuit of finding a livelihood. If India has to constantly restrain itself from any retaliation against terror attacks and loss of Indian lives and assets in deference to Pakistan's nuclear capability, what is the point of our own nuclear deterrence because those who warn us about risk of Pakistani nuclear attack clearly do not have faith in our own nuclear deterrence? Pakistan economy is in ruin, China's economy is in relative doldrums, and they have trade problems with Trump. India cannot be in a better position from taking a harsh stand against this recalcitrant neighbour. Jaish have openly claimed responsibility for Pulwama so if Imran Khan is serious about solving mutual issues he should start by closing down Jaish and handing over Maulana Azhar to India, or at least to the International Court. Yes, a superpower should show maturity and restraint but on the other hand a pussy footing India could never be or aspire to be a super power.

  • Even in this well written article, The Print has clearly tried to save khangress (The master of The print) and its all defence scam and tilting the blame on bureaucracy and Vajpayee government. Shame on The Print publication.

    • I am absolutely in agreement. Some people, like Mr Shekhar Gupta have collected huge venom in their mind that they would never ever appreciate good things done by an establishment which is not of their liking. Only God can save us and our nation from their dirty minds. God bless their soul!

  • Shekhar Gupta has been exposesd badly as ISI & China agent& a corrupt media dalal being on congress payroll.He has no right to comment on national or international issues any more.he is blot on India media