ED­I­TO­RIAL

SP's LandForces - - LEAD STORY - Lt Gen­eral V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

In the early hours of Septem­ber 18, 2016, four ter­ror­ists from Pak­istan struck a bri­gade head­quar­ters ad­min­is­tra­tive base at Uri and killed 17 un­armed and un­sus­pect­ing sol­diers in their tents. The na­tionÕs anger at this das­tardly act was vis­i­ble and per­cep­ti­ble. While the four ter­ror­ists were killed soon enough, the peo­ple all over the coun­try de­manded ret­ri­bu­tion for this cow­ardly act. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra ModiÕs gov­ern­ment recog­nised the need for de­ci­sive ac­tion and rose to the oc­ca­sion. The ri­poste came 10 days later and on the night of 28/29 Septem­ber In­dian ArmyÕs Spe­cial Forces struck at seven launch pads of the ter­ror­ists across the line of con­trol (LoC) along a frontage of about 200 km in two dif­fer­ent Corps Zones of the army thus achiev­ing com­plete sur­prise over the Pak­istani mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment - al­ties on the ter­ror­ists and de­stroyed their struc­tures and more im­por­tantly were able to ex­tri­cate them­selves back across the LoC with­out suf­fer­ing any ca­su­al­ties. This ac­tion by it­self proved to be a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the changed and ag­gres­sive over­all strat­egy of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia to deal with the Ôproxy warÕwaged by Pak­istan against us since 1989.

At the in­ter­na­tional level also there was no neg­a­tive re­sponse to the strikes by In­dia which goes to prove the in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of the right of ev­ery coun­try to de­fend it­self from ter­ror at­tacks that are aris­ing out­side the borders of the coun­try whether the per­pe­tra­tors are state or non-state ac­tors.

The Ôsur­gi­cal strikesÕ gave rise to vig­or­ous vote bank pol­i­tics with some other po­lit­i­cal par­ties/ po­lit­i­cal lead­ers claim­ing that such ac­tions were un­der­taken dur­ing their regimes/ pe­riod also but they did not ad­ver­tise the facts. And this gave rise to an en­tirely new set of con­tro­ver­sies with agree­ments and de­nials from a num­ber of prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties. The state­ments and counter state­ments by politi­cians of lit­er­ally ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party made no im­pact on the peo­ple who know the inani­ties that our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are ca­pa­ble of ut­ter­ing. They are savvy enough to un­der­stand to whom the credit needs to be given but what dis­mayed many of us vet­er­ans was the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of some mem­bers of our com­mu­nity who only man­aged to con­fuse the is­sues rather than clar­i­fy­ing them. ÒDis­cre­tion is the bet­ter part of val­ourÓ is an old English proverb that our com­mu­nity vet­er­ans need to revisit and im­bibe.

What was per­haps most thrilling and sat­is­fy­ing was the punc­tured con­ceit and van­ity of some of our so-called in­tel­lec­tu­als (de­fence an­a­lysts) who from time to time so pompously re­mind us that our army lacks pro­fes­sion­al­ism de­spite hav­ing lit­tle or no knowl­edge about the armed forces. They were put in their place. One of these self-styled an­a­lysts was re­mind­ing us of this fact only a few days back on a TV chan­nel. Hav­ing spent 40 years of my life in the Army and hav­ing fought two wars, i.e., in 1965 and in 1971, and hav- ing com­manded my bri­gade in Jammu and Kash­mir dur­ing the peak days of mil­i­tancy from 199193, I am aware that we have the - quire­ment of lead­ing them (which by and large they do) they can out­per­form any army in the world de­spite the ob­so­lete equip­ment with which they are equipped. So was the case this time.

We at SP’s Land Forces wish to con­vey our thanks to the sol and car­ried out the sur­gi­cal strikes. Well done and keep the

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