Indian Army

The General in His Labyrinth

It is commonly understood that in international affairs, conflict is the last resort, and a chief of defence staff who repeatedly provokes on all sorts of issues must inspire perplexed fascination. Perhaps that is the objective of the exercise.

In his address at the Raisina Dialogue, with the world’s cameras on him, Gen Bipin Rawat called for a proactive response to countries that sponsor terrorism — an obvious allusion to Pakistan — in the manner of the US after 9/11. He referred to the US forging a coalition against terrorism, but Washington had also resolved to bomb Afghanistan back to the Stone Age.

What might our response be in the region, and would it be practical? The next installment of this edgy sitcom is awaited.

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