1. PM Modi’s comparison right, but Indian Army’s surgical strikes were actually better than Israel’s; here’s why

PM Modi’s comparison right, but Indian Army’s surgical strikes were actually better than Israel’s; here’s why

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today likened Indian Army's post-Uri attack surgical strikes across LoC, to the exploits of the Israel Army.

By: and | Published: October 18, 2016 6:05 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today likened Indian Army’s post-Uri attack surgical strikes across LoC, to the exploits of the Israel Army. He said that the Indian Army has shown that it is no less capable of decisively hitting back at enemies. “Our army’s valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that Indian army is no less than anybody,” the Prime Minister said at a rally in Himachal Pradesh. The comparison is understandable, Israel’s army conducts several combat operations in a neighbourhood it perceives is hostile to its existence. However, in this specific case, PM Modi may have under-stated what the Indian army achieved with its strikes in ‘enemy’ territory. India may have actually bettered Israel with this operation!

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd), Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) believes that Indian Army had to deal with a more organised enemy and tougher terrain. “In my opinion, what the Indian Army did was far better than an Israel Army operation. Across the Loc, what the Indian Army has to face is a regular, well organised army of Pakistan. The situation is completely different from that of an Israel Army operation. Our Army had to find gaps in Pakistan Army’s forward positions to conduct those surgical strikes,” Kanwal told FE Online. “Also, in India’s case the terrain involved was jungle-mountain. Israel mainly has conflicts with Palestine and with terrorists in Lebanese territory. So, to that extent it is a fight on plains,” he adds. “So yes, the Prime Minister was right in conceptually comparing the strikes of the two armies, in fact it is a good comparison. But, as I pointed out, given the extremely tough terrain and the Pakistan Army that had to be faced, I think it is remarkable that Indian Army came back without any casualties. In that sense, our operation was actually better,” Kanwal concludes.

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According to Colonel KV Kuber, Independent Consultant Defence and Aerospace, India used its Indian Army and diplomatic information warfare very effectively. “Typically a surgical strike means to strike deep into the enemy’s territory. It is not a shallow strike. However, even though the retaliation after Uri was not deep into the enemy’s territory, it qualifies as a surgical strike for multiple reasons. First, it was conceived and carried out across a 250 km length of the LoC, across 5 different locations. The strike may have happened anywhere between 500 m to 3 km across the LoC, but since you have an eyeball to eyeball contact, both armies watching, it was a very valiant and daring strike. Therefore, it can easily be called a surgical strike,” Kuber told FE Online.

Comparing the post-Uri strikes to earlier retaliations, Kuber says, “In the past, we have retaliated, but at a local level. This was on the other hand a well-thought out operation, with a break between the Uri attack and the retaliation. The statements made after the Uri attack were mixed, hence lulling the enemy into a false sense of security. It was a coordinated operation. So in many ways it was better than an Israeli Army operation.” “Israel’s best operation was that in 1976, when Israel rescued hostages from terrorists at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Israel para-dropped forces, while the government fooled hijackers into believing that the country was willing to talk. Even in India’s case, the information warfare was used very effectively. We confused the enemy,” he lauds.

The Indian Army on September 29 announced that it had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC, destroying multiple terror launchpads and inflicting heavy casualties. This was the first time since the 1971, that Indian Army announced crossing the LoC. DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh along with NSA Ajit Doval and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is reported to have said that around 200 soldiers were involved in the operation.

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    Man
    Oct 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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      Man
      Oct 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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        Sunil Sharma
        Oct 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm
        Indian SUPER STRIKE FORCE IS million times BETTER than the Israeli Special forces. Absolutely Right Fekuji.PLEASE SPEAK TO former Israeli PM EHUD BARAK he will GIVE PM MODIJI the Correct essment .Keep working and churning on fekuji lies and cook and bull stories .Mrs Indira hiji led army in 1971 one achievement was great BUT she DID BLOW her TRUMPET. One can compare 6 day war of Israel to Indira 1971 war of Capturing East stan WOULD BE TRUE.
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          R S
          Oct 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm
          Good India realized that it has to give back in the same coin as it received. Unlike the in active Mouna Mohan Singh, the moron A.K.Antony, paper statement expert Chidambaram, Narendra Modi's unwavering decision and backing to the army brought the best of them. Until recently the army was under the cloud the above selfish actors of politics. Now the decision should be beyond like Israel, for every soldier lost we must remove 100 of the enemies.Then things will change. Let Congress be bothered about minority votes. The rest of the country should think of the safety of the nation.
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            subodh
            Oct 19, 2016 at 7:20 am
            indian army can do anything best in the world.
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              Diwan Singh
              Oct 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm
              Not Good
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                joseph
                Oct 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                What is the use of surgical strike which the supposed victim brushes aside? Only for domestic consumption.
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                  Jayaraman Nagarajan
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                  Surgical strike is a gun salute to Uri victims. S-400 is a game changer its sophisticated jamming-resistant panoramic radar that can detect a plane as far as 600 km away. And its missiles can engage the target at a range of 400 km onwards..India cannot be sidelined as a non-performer in military operaton. From Pokran atomic test to Surgical Operation long term pros and cons decision are made initially before act.After completion of the surgical strike the military commander openly talked to satani commander and also ured no destruction in areas other than terroriest camps. That is the maturity of the Indian Leadership. stanis are our neighbours and no human being will fight with neighbor in modern world
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                    pskholia
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                    Excellent
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                      pskholia
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                      Excellent!!! .keep it up!!! .jaihind dian army u made every indian proud .may God give u tons of similar successes in all future endeavours. Let God with u always .jaihind.
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                        pskholia
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                        Long live indian Army .jaihind.u made every indian proud.
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                          Sanjib Ghosh
                          Oct 19, 2016 at 12:44 am
                          Indian surgical strike is even better than Israel
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                            Vishvaksenah
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 12:15 am
                            WWBD----what would Bapuji do.Bapuji single handedly fought against the might of English colonial power with nonviolence and gave us freedom.This is what we have learnt in history cl in school. The books were of course written by Nehruvian eminent historians.We should not do anything which goes against the principles of beloved Bapuji, father of the nation.Would Bapuji approve of surgical strikes ?
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                              Malik
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                              You will only know the truth when your DGMO retires
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