This refers to the editorial “Strategic strike” (FE, September 30). PM Modi has redefined the Indo-Pak security paradigm by authorising preemptive surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LOC). This new security manoeuvre will send a strong message to the enemies of India. After this attack, India no longer remains a soft-power. The deadly combination of decisive political leadership and strong professional armed forces was long needed for defending the sovereignty of this nation. Though we cannot root-out the terror infrastructure completely, we surely can raise the costs for Pakistan on both diplomatic and security fronts, and the Modi government is doing exactly that. India was well within its rights in conducting a cross-border special operations mission to destabilise terror camps. The fact that there was not even a single voice of condemnation from any country or global institution against these strikes, proves that the world powers stands united with India in its fight against terrorism. However, the chest-thumping and strong-arm theatrics being played again and again on news channels must stop. We must limit ourselves only up to commending the role of our brave security forces. Mocking and ridiculing Pakistanis on television debates and social media is immature. Pakistani Army and ISI are definitely not going to take this lying down. There are more cross-border fidayeen attacks against India in the offing. We must prepare ourselves for the worst.
Take the right call on Pak
Sometime from now, India is bound to realise the folly of what it mulls to out-stage Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri incident. The decisions to review Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) and the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan and boycott of the SAARC summit in Islamabad appear to be strong measures to show that India can punish Pakistan without resorting to military action, but they throw as many challenges for India. The distinction drawn by prime minister Narendra Modi between the people of Pakistan and the rulers of Pakistan gets blurred when denial of water and trade ban are used as weapons of war by other means. Hyper-nationalists-cum-believers in Akhanda Bharat may see no link between Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak relations. At the same time, a solution to the vexed Kashmir problem, as Kulkarni, a sane voice in these troubled times, believes, will go a long way towards taking the sting out of militants and improving Indo-Pak relations.
G David Milton, Maruthancode