India’s Surgical Strike




On 29th September, the Indian Army announced that it had carried out a “pre-emptive” strike ‘across’ the LoC, against terrorists who were training to wreck havoc in our country.

Caution: Rest of what is here may sound jingoistic. It is one such day. So bear with it.

Before today, I was writing this:

Two decades after First World War, Philip Larkin thus wrote:

“Never such innocence,
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word – the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.”

For three stanzas before this, he describes the mundane and normal life, of an era gone by. Even the poem is titled MCMXIV (representing 1914, start of WWI). Alas, a war had changed all that, forever.

With war bugles sounding over private chats and obnoxious television channels, it is imperative that we do not forget Uri, like how we forgot Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Udhampur, Mumbai, Mumbai, Mumbai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ajmer, Pampore, Sopore, Kokhrajar, Red Fort, Akshardaham, Varanasi, Bangalore, Coimbatore and many more. Mother India (just to secularize Bharat Mata) has bled countless times because of us, Indians.

The greatest motivator, catalyst and success of perpetrators (apart from Islamic fundamentalism) of such attacks, is our memory or lack thereof, absence of our collective conscience and of course, an apathy that is present in the establishment – not the government in power (now or before), not the opposition, but the establishment.

For too long, we have lived in the ‘now,’ thinking and reacting to what we hear and what we see, easily forgetting what will happen a year from now, five years from now, a decade from now.

For too long, we have chased a chimera – of peace with Pakistan, hoping against all odds that we, as brothers once, can live in peace.

For too long, we had romanticized sacrifices of our young men in uniform, forgetting what happens to their families after the news cycle goes to another story.

For too long, we have been apologetic in how we deal with terrorists, even if a court has to be woken at the middle of the night and serve justice.

Now today: What has our surgical strike achieved?

  1. We have called Pak’s nuclear bluff. Now, the next move is theirs. Going by the inconsistencies in their own media, round one is ours to celebrate.
  2. Our restraint is not infinite and it cannot be taken for granter. Ever.
  3. The fence sitters in international community will have to take a stance now. A nuclear war is not in anybody’s interest and we have announced, just surgically, that we are prepared for the worst.
  4. Every terror strike going without retribution and retaliation is a humiliation we have been inflicting upon ourselves. No more. Though one strike doesn’t take back all the humiliation we have suffered, it’s the intent that will make the next pig think twice.
  5. A sword is of no use if it cannot be used in a war – same with us. There is no meaning in being proud of our might if we cannot impose our will with that might. Today changes all.
  6. Today tells us there is NO moderate Pakistani around with whom you can make peace. Evidences? Watch the media and read from so called moderate voices across the border. (More on the Land of the Pure later)
  7. Pakistan cannot call for UNSC condemnation (I want to say this – they cannot kneel, cry and beg with folded hands) for loss of sovereignty as PoK is technically and legally ours and we have just crossed an imaginary line to do what we deemed fit.
  8. Pre-emptive is a new doctrine in our security policy. Once it is pre-emptive, nothing stops us in the future and nothing must.
  9. Only thing that enabled such pygmies to attack us were our non-show of strength. This changes every calculation of Pak.
  10. This is unquestionably India’s “with humanity or with terrorists” moment – domestically and internationally.

Whatever, I mean WHATEVER the consequences, how much ever the cost of this strike, is worth paying.

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