Dear Indian Army
This comes from an Indian who has the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform. This comes from a girl who when sees someone in olive green says a thank you. This comes from a youth who has made short films on Army and participated in Vijay Diwas celebration with a salute. This comes from an Indian who is proud of Indian Army and……………ashamed of the recent attacks. Yes ashamed.
The whole country stands together in this moment of grief and shock. We lost 18 men yesterday, The audacious terrorist strike on Sunday morning at the Indian Army headquarters in Uri — that claimed the lives of 18 soldiers and wounded another 18 is a big number. We should be enraged for the loss of even one man but count Uri, Pathankot, Pampore…………35 soldiers died and 1740 injured in just last quarter of 2016.
So here my question is Where is our preparedness? Air base, Indian Army headquarter, these are the strategic areas and not any random tourist place we are talking about. A bunch of terrorists who had just passed out from terror camps, don a fake uniform, pick a vehicle, cross over walls and fire. WTF is wrong with the intelligence of our country. Any tom, dick and harry has the guts to enter our military headquarter, to enter our strategic air base and the reason you give is it was the time of sleep. Are you serious? Time of sleep?
We as a country are fed up with the mythological stories of a NSA that comes close to being a Sherlock holmes, a government that just speaks big and does not act but hold we will not be talking about political system here. I have questions for you Indian Army because we have not lost our men in a war. This is a murder in our own home, a cold blooded murder, let’s not forgive and forget it in the garb of patriotism.
Meanwhile, the remarks by Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh “Indian Army reserves the right to respond to any cross-border terror attack “at the time and place of our own choosing”. The Army also said it has the desired capability to respond to any blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us.
Let’s dissect your options General saab:
1) Air strikes –On militant camps and Pakistani heartland but as always India lacks the intelligence and surveillance capabilities that will ensure the targets struck are actually militant camps. The possibility of collateral deaths is also high. And certainly it will be answered by the Pakistan Air Force and will almost certainly trigger a response whose consequences cannot be easily determined.
2) Covert operation targeting Pakistani terrorists- However depressing it may sound India lacks the skill and preparation to launch a covert operation against a country where there runs a state sponsored terror factory.
3) Not only a failed intelligence, we are in a bad shape too: Indian armed forces are not in particularly good shape for an all out war with Pakistan. The military is short of vital equipment like artillery and air-defence systems, as well as key ammunition. The air force is also not in particularly great form given the steady attrition it has faced without getting adequate replacements.
Don’t tell us what is your time, place and mode of giving that befitting reply but do ensure that your intelligence and security does not give them an another chance to hit back. Nobody, I repeat nobody should have the guts to enter our house when we are sleeping and murder our family. Let’s be cautious in our sleep too. Let’s not be stoned and sleep.
You know what to do, You know it better. You know you are not prepared, you know you still are not.
The country looks up to you. Let’s junk this policy of turning the other cheek when slapped by Pakistan.
A disturbed Indian.