A counter argument to sub conventional options for India as suggested by Prof. Christine Fair

Counter Argument
Distinguished South Asian Peace & Security Affairs researcher & Georgetown University Professor Christine Fair, recently for ORF, made a compelling case for India to recalibrate its “near term” response strategy to continued terror provocations emanating from Pakistan state and its proxies. And, part of the overall response strategy suggestion included using sub-conventional ops, with specific recommendation to consider leadership decapitation of Panjab based terror groups such as LeT and JeM.
“India should focus its efforts on degrading groups like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as well as their enablers in and out of uniform.”
“India should consider seriously how it can degrade key leaders. LeT seems particularly ripe for such options given its hierarchical structure.”
While there are plentitude of pros to such response, namely – low risk, pointed & limited (especially among two arch rivals with nuclear weapons), effectiveness in degrading the capability …

Pakistan’s – Achilles Heel

The legend of Achilles has it that his mother Thetis dipped him into the river Styx in order to make him invincible. The water, however, didn’t cover his heel and an arrow wound to his heel later killed him.
Pakistan, in comparison, has multitude vulnerabilities, primarily as a result of Pakistan fauj’s “strategic culture stemming from pathological geopolitics infused with a Salafi jihadist ideology, suffused by paranoia and neurosis” as recently observed by Col. Robert Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army. And while the vulnerabilities extend to include socio-ethno-religious spheres of public life, and wreck havoc to its national fabric – the Pakistan fauj with its control over governance, foreign-security policy, infusion of political Islam and NGO/media bullying has skillfully managed the national narrative to its favour.
Recently, Prime Minster Modi, in his address to the Nation on the 70th Independence Day, for the first time in history of India spoke about suppression and persecution of peo…

Jehad - an existential threat


The classical civilization – Roman and Greece, had flourished from central Europe, extending up to Near East, North Africa and Iberia – area currently divided between Portugal, Spain and southern France. North Africa was considered the "granary of the Roman Empire", a region made rich and prosperous because of its advanced (according to that time) agrarian practices.

What is common knowledge is that the Arabs conquered all these areas during the initial period of Islamic expansion, but what remains less emphasized is that these areas were subjugated within a space of less than a century.

Further, historians, over past eight decades have consciously overlooked the idea that Islam was the primary cause for the end of classical civilization. Even today, it is commonly repeated and understood that the fall of Rome began in fifth century – a good two hundred years before the beginning of Islamic expansionism. Per scholars, Roman civilization was in tatters by the time Arabs ar…

Checkmate Prime Minister Modi

Uri attacks, timed with the intent to internationalize Kashmir at UNGA, seem to have failed its objective, and instead dented Pakistan’s diplomatic credits (whatever is left of it), as both USA and UK – the two key western powers with history and interest in the region – choose to ignore call for "talks", while strongly condemning the act of terror. Equally eroding Kashmiri’s moral legitimacy of indigenous freedom struggle

However, for Pakistani establishment, international shame is no longer a matter of concern, as it’s perfected the art of subduing these under the rhetoric of victimhood and western saazish. The net tangible gain for Pakistan in this entire episode has been sifar – but then it has never been in the past – be it Kargil or Mumbai 26/11 & alike incidents. What it does though is help satiate domestic thirst for standing up against the hegemony of Hindu India, especially the current Hindu nationalist dispensation of Modi, and therefore domestically the costs …

The King Is Naked - King Raheel Sharif

Once upon a time, in a distant land, lived a King who was so exceedingly fond of himself, that he would spend all the state’s money on new clothes. He wouldn’t care about his people, except when he had to show off his clothes.  And then came along two weavers who promised the King a new suit, such glamorous was the suit, that it would be invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent or unfit for the position. And, when the King parades before his faithful subjects in his new clothes, no one dared to say that they don’t see any clothes… 
Take two, the great King Raheel Sharif, past week, announced dismissal of six to twelve army officers – the count ofcourse varies depending upon the journalist’s inclination towards fauj – on charges of corruption. And thus, sending his subjects on roll, who see him now as a King, rather than a kingmaker alias umpire.
Gen Raheel Sharif, wishes to be seen not merely as a “powerful” Pakistan army chief within a fractured and under-developed polity, whic…

Gernail's Jungjoo Dictionary For Dummies

In loving memory of Bin QasimPious -adjective, hypocritical display of piety by wearing younger brothers salwar (knee length) and/or wrapping your wives head in cloth large enough for a tent and/or dutiful & loyal to the idea of killing non-muslims for sake of heaven.Mard-e-momin/mumin -noun, supremacist and racist male of bedouin origin and/or ability to fake bedouin origin. Khwateens -noun, wife or daughter or presently sister but future wife or slave of mard-e-momin.Jungjoo -noun, supremacist and racist panjabi male faking bedouin origin, who loses all fight yet claims victory.Baniya -noun, singular. Baniye, plural. A brown male living on the east of Indus or of Indian origin, who is ever dutiful to pay jizya.Jannah -noun, a place for jungjoo mumin who carries out pious deeds such as killing a kuffr or perceived kuffr, to enjoy company of 72 ageless whores. Also be seen as imaginary reward for real-hypocritical display of piety.Jahannum -noun, a place for all kuffrs including j…

Al Bakistans Problem (Part One)

Russia though has been India’s chief arms supplier since the late 60’s and a strategic partner since the 70’s, India has been quick to realize the limitation of joining any ‘bloc’, especially so since liberalization of its economy in the early 90’s, where India desperately needed west and primarily US as its trading partner, obviously given the purchasing power that US as a market offered.
Today, US ranks 2nd in terms of nation supplying arms to Indian Defense Forces and with the setup of US-Indo strategic and commercial dialog US is soon set to dislodge Russia. Similarly, China will be India’s biggest trading partner by 2020, from a ‘total trade’ perspective, quite significant considering Sino-India relationship is non-defense related and purely commercial in nature.
Now taking a step back into history, one cannot miss to note, China in the 60’s had fought with India over contesting territorial claims and both still continue to disagree over possession and land along their borders, whi…