Balakot Air Strike: The Rise or Rescue of a New Policy

By GovernanceToday
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March 14, 2019
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However, whenever India crossed the border before this, India tried to deliver the same message that we did not want to take such steps to target the Pakistani army and citizen of Pakistan

Terrorist attacks on Indian citizens and Indian army are carried out on Pakistan’s assassination. Pakistan is a sponsor of these terrorist attacks since 80’s

This time, the Ministry of External Affairs again referred to the action taken by the Air Force as ‘non-military retrospective action’

It was told that the surgical strikes that were done by India were not for the Pakistani army and nor for citizen , but the action against the terrorists of JeM was done. On behalf of India, Pakistan was given an indication that India does not want to move forward to the military level. This is a strange fear, even after the fierce attacks and bloodshed before, Pakistan has not shown the desire to move forward. And it is also logical for Pakistan, when there is a dispute, there is no point in moving forward against a weak party.

Pakistan can never be trusted , the fear of this fact should always be maintained. Unless India thinks in this way, terrorist activities of Pakistan can’t be stopped. India’s policy makers need to think about why it happened that why did not solve all this issue   earlier why action no taken against Pakistan? Why can’t we stop terrorist activities so far?

There were two major national parties’ governments at different times in New Delhi. Sometimes policies based on the existing ground realities to confront terrorism and extremism in the crisis-ridden state sometimes almost equal emphasis on other aspects, but one of the given Pulwama attack in mixed policies there are signs of birth of the new policy.

The decision to start this new policy by the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is political. Therefore, it is necessary to think whether it is the result of a well-intentioned plan behind which there is a long strategy behind which as a result of not repeating it completely, but at least repeating the terrorist attacks at least in Jammu and Kashmir or any other place in the country. Can be stopped.

Some aspects of this new policy are visible as some of its components, while others have not yet been exposed. From this policy it seems that the government is focusing on isolating terrorists and separatist organizations, ignoring the unsatisfied and angry Kashmiri people, including rocky youth. There is no possibility of interaction as the government has decided to deal with these elements strictly.

It seems that this new approach has taken a lot from the policies that have been adopted to deal with the Palestine problem in Israel. Aggressiveness and power-use are two important dimensions of this emerging policy which are different from earlier policy. In the preceding policy there was a compatibility of soft and hard components.

It is a big question whether this policy will come true on the basis of time in the background of the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan and the growing presence of China in Central Asia. Only time to tell can tell.

We can celebrate the action taken by India on Balakot and it is also a celebratory talk but if India does not learn from past events, then this festival will be for short-term only.

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