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Modi, media, military a dangerous combination

Bollywood has a strange effect of taking you away from reality and that is exactly what sells in a country of 1.4 billion people. Unfortunately, in the electioneering season it can also cloud the judgement of beleaguered political leaders.
What follows for the next three weeks is a classic example of falling prey to deceitful narratives, built on flawed intelligence information.It is here that the role of the Indian media in fanning war hysteria comes in. If the spin doctors could embroil the US and the West in Iraq and countless other conflicts, why couldn’t this be done in India? With over 400 TV channels and 200 million whatsApp users, the world’s largest, this was easy.
To justify military action, a new terminology of non-military pre-emptive strikes’ was coined.While the air incursion had all the elements of copying the US- Israeli airpower model used against benign victims, the Indians ignored Pakistan’s resolve and military potential.The Indian Air force tasked to boost Mr Modis vote-bank must have put in their Tom Cruises in their best machines, to undertake the task of eliminating battle-hardened terrorists. How the incursion was executed and where the bombs were ultimately thrown is another story.
Of consequence is how the Pakistan Air Force clinically struck back. Taking on six targets, shooting down two aircraft and capturing one pilot is a rare feat and an embarrassment which will haunt the IAF for decades.Meanwhile, sensing a nuclear showdown, the world powers which had edged India pulled back to their own agendas; the Trump-Kim summit, Brexit, Venezuela and so on. The release of the Indian pilot and calls for talks by the Pakistani Prime minister have fallen on deaf ears.
With the BJP chief Amit Shah asking people to vote for Modi, a mere eight hours after the Jaba fiasco, the realisation of a plot has finally dawned on the Indian opposition. The media-bollywood hypnotized public is slowly waking up to reality.As Modi bemoans for the Rafale machines, it is clear that a semblance of sanity has crept in. It is now an Indian battle of the sane voices versus the insane.The sane club is appalled at the combined failure of the strong Indian political and military systems, and calls for reappraisal and restraint. It is bewildered at the brazen use of military might for political gains.The ordinary Indian realizes that without a resolution of the Kashmir issue the region will remain embroiled in a brutal circle of violence. It yearns for the Gandhi, Nehru and later, Mother Teresa era, when India had some character.
The non-aligned movement, support for the Palestinians were at least a semblance of Indian balance and a just and righteous image.The sanity propagators are also deeply concerned about the rise of Hindutva doctrine, the slow painful death of Indian secularism and the perils of playing around with Pakistan’s deterrence regime.They recognise gains of an engagement strategy with Pakistan and understand that the only way forward is to coexist in harmony. It is only then that the potential of seemingly endless possibilities of prospering together, sharing benefits of mutual trade and energy with Afghanistan and Central Asia can be realised.
The insane club led by Modi, media and the military is sluggishly coming out of stunned disbelief. They very well know that the world supports India for its money, and not for its principles.
It’s already put the contingency plan in motion. The events have not gone as portrayed in the movies.It’s time for the media wizards to sound the victory mantra on every event. Spin a web of lies and deceit.Consequently, the fantasy of Abhinandan’ the hero, who shot an F-16; in reality, the poor guy didn’t know what hit him. The assumption that Pakistan is down on its knees, India must get new intel capabilities and weapons ASAP.
Get Rafale’s or whatever from the experienced Israelis to exact revenge, accelerate the covert operations and hybrid war in Pakistan, isolate it internationally, and if all else fails, plan another Pulwama to settle scores.With dreams of Indian grandeur, it is the insane group currently in majority which worries Pakistan.After Pulwama, the BJP under a struggling Modi is deaf, dumb and blind. A very thin line separates the regimes policies from active coercive terrorism.Practically, with no international condemnation for its actions, it feels emboldened to go a step further.This would again be a serious miscalculation.
But then again it’s a forty- day Indian style election season. Under the circumstances, who so ever wins the contest has implications not only for the region alone but also for the world? In the meantime, it would be prudent to keep Mr Modi away from the movies.The writer is director of policy and doctrine at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies. He can be reached at The 14th February Pulwama incident handling reflects the implausible chain of events, which has ensnared the Indian government in a dangerous vicious cycle.What follows for the next three weeks is a classic example of falling prey to deceitful narratives, built on flawed intelligence information. It is here that the role of the Indian media in fanning war hysteria comes in.
If the spin doctors could embroil the US and the West in Iraq and countless other conflicts, why couldn’t this be done in India? With over 400 TV channels and 200 million whatsApp users, the world’s largest, this was easy. To justify military action, a new terminology of ‘non-military pre-emptive strikes’ was coined.
While the air incursion had all the elements of copying the US- Israeli airpower model used against benign victims, the Indians ignored Pakistan’s resolve and military potential. The Indian Air force tasked to boost Mr Modis vote-bank must have put in their Tom Cruises in their best machines, to undertake the task of eliminating battle-hardened terrorists.How the incursion was executed and where the bombs were ultimately thrown is another story. Of consequence is how the Pakistan Air Force clinically struck back.Taking on six targets, shooting down two aircraft and capturing one pilot is a rare feat and an embarrassment which will haunt the IAF for decades.Meanwhile, sensing a nuclear showdown, the world powers which had edged India pulled back to their own agendas; the Trump-Kim summit, Brexit, Venezuela and so on.
The release of the Indian pilot and calls for talks by the Pakistani Prime minister have fallen on deaf ears. With the BJP chief Amit Shah asking people to vote for Modi, a mere eight hours after the Jaba fiasco, the realisation of a plot has finally dawned on the Indian opposition.The media-bollywood hypnotized public is slowly waking up to reality. As Modi bemoans for the Rafale machines, it is clear that a semblance of sanity has crept in.
It is now an Indian battle of the sane voices versus the insane.The sane club is appalled at the combined failure of the strong Indian political and military systems, and calls for reappraisal and restraint.It is bewildered at the brazen use of military might for political gains. The ordinary Indian realizes that without a resolution of the Kashmir issue the region will remain embroiled in a brutal circle of violence.It yearns for the Gandhi, Nehru and later, Mother Teresa era, when India had some character. The non-aligned movement, support for the Palestinians were at least a semblance of Indian balance and a just and righteous image.
The sanity propagators are also deeply concerned about the rise of Hindutva doctrine, the slow painful death of Indian secularism and the perils of playing around with Pakistan’s deterrence regime. They recognise gains of an engagement strategy with Pakistan and understand that the only way forward is to coexist in harmony.
It is only then that the potential of seemingly endless possibilities of prospering together, sharing benefits of mutual trade and energy with Afghanistan and Central Asia can be realised.The insane club led by Modi, media and the military is sluggishly coming out of stunned disbelief.
They very well know that the world supports India for its money, and not for its principles. It’s already put the contingency plan in motion.The events have not gone as portrayed in the movies. It’s time for the media wizards to sound the victory mantra on every event.Spin a web of lies and deceit. Consequently, the fantasy of ‘Abhinandan’ the hero, who shot an F-16; in reality, the poor guy didn’t know what hit him.The assumption that Pakistan is down on its knees, India must get new intel capabilities and weapons ASAP. Get Rafale’s or whatever from the experienced Israelis to exact revenge, accelerate the covert operations and hybrid war in Pakistan, isolate it internationally, and if all else fails, plan another Pulwama to settle scores.With dreams of Indian grandeur, it is the insane group currently in majority which worries Pakistan. After Pulwama, the BJP under a struggling Modi is deaf, dumb and blind.A very thin line separates the regimes policies from active coercive terrorism. Practically, with no international condemnation for its actions, it feels emboldened to go a step further.This would again be a serious miscalculation. But then again it’s a forty- day Indian style election season.

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Digvijaya Singh calls Pulwama terror attack an accident

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.
“We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .March 5, 2019Air Strike”March 5, 2019ati went all out on him for describing the deadly Pulwama terror attack as a mere “accident”.
Digvijaya Singh also asked PM Modi to clarify on BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister SS Ahluwalia’s statements on the number of terrorists killed by the IAF on Balakot airstrike.”Prime minister ji, some of your ministers say 300 terrorists were killed, BJP chief says 250 were killed, Yogi Adityanath says 400 killed, and your minister SS Alhuwalia says not even one died.And you are silent on this topic. The country wants to know who the liar here is.
[sic],” Singh said, SS AhluwaliaMarch 5, 2019Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.”The way you and your ministers are treating this airstrike as your success, it is an insult to the bravery of the security forces.Every citizen of the country respects the Indian Army and security forces,” the Congress leader said.March 5, 2019Union minister Prakash Javadekar, reacting to Digvijaya Singh’s Pulwama accident tweet, said: “What has happened to Congress? They are playing with people’s sentiments and are denying the information of Indian armed forces.This never happens in any democratic nation where the people do not trust their forces.”Union Minister P Javadekar on Digvijaya Singh terms #PulwamaAttack an accident’: Congress ko kya hogya hai?Desh ki jan bhawna se ek dum ulti baat karte hain,sena ki jankari ko jhutla rahe hain.
Aisa kisi lok tantra desh mein nahi hota jahan sena par hi avishwas darshaya jata hai.
Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.The result of the counter-terrorism operation in Balakot has been a hot topic of political debate in India — Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked if PM Modi was “politicising terror”, pointing to several news reports saying India’s airstrikes did not kill terrorists in Pakistan.Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, replying to Kapil Sibal’s comment, blasted the latter for “believing international media over the intelligence agencies”. He went on to add that Sibal should travel to Balakot himself to check if any terrorists were killed.
West Bengal Mamata Banerjee asked for details last week, citing media reports that either said there were no deaths, or that one person has been killed.Asked about the West Bengal chief minister’s remarks, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said at the India Today Conclave that he was prepared to believe the government, but “the world cannot be asked to suspend disbelief”.Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Monday (March 4) said Indian Air Force warplanes hit their intended target. “If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target,” he told reporters in Coimbatore.”If we had dropped bombs in the jungle, then no need for him [Pakistan] to respond.”

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Don’t do politics over forces, says Oppn; govt says this talk pleases Pakistan

Speaking for the first time against attempts to politicise the stand-off by the ruling BJP, some Opposition party leaders even read out statements made by PM Modi and Amit Shah in the wake of the Indian Air Force strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammad training.
Written by Manoj C G, Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Related News LiveIndia-Pakistan tension LIVE: Joint military press conference at 5 pmAmid India-Pakistan faceoff, domestic airlines waive cancellation fees on select routesJK: Pakistan continues shelling in Poonch till 7am; Indian Army retaliates The statement was issued after a three-hour meeting at the Parliament Library, where leaders of the 21 parties also expressed concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.
(File)While reiterating their support to the armed forces in the fight against terror, 21 Opposition parties Wednesday said that they were anguished over the “blatant politicisation” of the sacrifices of armed forces by the “ruling party”.AdvertisingIn a statement, Opposition parties urged the Government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.
The statement was issued after a three-hour meeting at the Parliament Library, where leaders of the 21 parties also expressed concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.Video: MiG 21 Pilot Missing, One Pak Aircraft Shot DownLeaders observed that the Prime Minister has, “regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy” and said in the statement: “National security must transcend narrow political consideration.
”Union Minister Prakash Javadekar denied there was any attempt to “politicise” the sacrifices made by soldiers. “The Opposition parties’ statement has pleased Pakistan and its media.The Opposition should think if it was proper to make such a statement at a time when the country should be united,” he said. Union Minister Arun Jaitley said: “Let the country speak in one voice.Please introspect Your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case.”AdvertisingOpposition parties also condemned the “dastardly” Pulwama terror attack by “Pakistan-sponsored” terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14, in which 40 CRPF men were killed in a suicide bombing.
The meeting began with a minute’s silence for those killed in Pulwama and the leaders resolved that while there are many important livelihood issues to discuss such as jobs and agriculture, the present situation with Pakistan would have to take precedence.

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Aerial strikes on JeM camp: political leaders laud IAF | Live updates

A number of terrorists at the JeM camp in Balakot were killed, confirms Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air.
As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes early on Tuesday morning, political leaders welcomed the action.
At a briefing, Mr. Gokhale also said a number of terrorists were eliminated in the air strike.Here are the reactions from political leaders and others:  Air strikes on Pak. terror camps unimaginable: GangwarUnion Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Tuesday said the entire country is proud of the air strikes, which the common people wouldn’t have even “imagined”.“IAF soldiers returned safe after attacking terrorists. We are proud of our Air Force.The task carried out by them could not have been imagined by the people,” said the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge).Everybody can now understand which country is protecting terrorists, Mr.
Gangwar said, adding “We want to eliminate terrorists completely. — PTI Asaduddin Owaisi hails IAF air strikesAIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday hailed the Indian Air Force’s strikes and said the Indian defence forces should be prepared to tackle any retaliatory action.“I was expecting this sort of response within 2 or 3 days after the Pulwama terror attack. I welcome this step.
We stand with the government on this,” Mr. Owaisi told reporters in Hyderabad.He said, “I am sure that our Navy or Air Force are on alert, if Pakistan wants to take some stupid action [in response to the air strikes].” — PYI RSS congratulates governmentThe RSS congratulates the government and the Indian Air Force for the air strikes, saying they have translated into action the angry feelings of Indians following the Pulwama attack.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh general secretary Suresh Joshi in a statement says that these air strikes caused no harm to the Pakistani army and civilians which, he added, is tune with the “Bharatiya” (Indian) culture.“The entire nation was agitated and angry in the wake of terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama.Today the Indian Air Force demolished JeM’s Pakistan-based base camps’ by precision air strikes. We congratulate the government of India and the Indian Air Force for exactly translating the the feelings and anger of millions of Indians,” he says in the statement.
– PTI This will be the start of unlearning process for Pak.: Sajjad LoneChairman of People’s Conference in Kashmir Sajad Gani Lone says the air strikes will set a benchmark for deterrence and eventually end the cycle of violence.
“Pacifist to the core I am. But the reality as it stares in our faces is that this retaliatory action will actually be the start of the unlearning process for Pakistan.This will set the benchmark for deterrence. And eventually crowd out cycle of violence,” he said in a tweet.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik hails IAFOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hails the Air Force for its pre-dawn air strikes. “I salute the Indian Air Force for having taken action to protect our country,” he says.Air strikes underscore resolve and willpower of new India: Amit ShahThe Indian Air Force’s strikes on a terrorist camp in Pakistan underscores the will and resolve of a new India, says BJP president Amit Shah. He asserts that it shows that the country is safe under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong and decisive leadership.“I congratulate and salute the bravery and valour of our armed forces. Today’s action further demonstrates that India is safe and secure under the strong and decisive leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he says.“Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons,” he adds. Modi is tasting success in rooting out terrorism: Edappadi K.

PalaniswamyTamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy lauds the Prime Minister for the air strikes.
He commends Mr. Modi for his “bold” efforts against terrorism.Mr. Modi was tasting success in rooting out terrorism, which was threatening the entire world, the Chief Minister says in a statement and congratulates him on behalf of the State people.“I extend my greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to whose bold functioning, a successful air strike has been carried out which has demolished terror camps in Pakistan,” he says. Chandrababu Naidu hails IAF Attack was necessary: KumaraswamyKarnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy welcomes the air strikes.Speaking to presspersons at Ramanathpura in Arakalgud taluk, he says they were necessary. Entire country would stand united on this issue.
A much-needed signal to Pakistan, says Amarinder SinghGreat job by the IndianAirForce. The IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring – don’t think you can get away with acts like the PulwamaAttack.
Bravo to the IAF Our forces are world class, says Ram Madhav“Every Indian who had the pain and anguish of the martyrdom of our forces is greatly relieved and delighted this morning. Salute to the Air Force for a meticulous operation.Our forces are world class anyway. It is the political will of our PM and team that made all the difference,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav says. Air strikes a new ball game: Omar Abdullah Nation behind armed forces, says JavadekarHuman Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar hails the air strikes. The entire nation stands firmly behind the armed forces, he says.
“It was a necessary step required for the security of the country . it was an act of ‘maha parakram’ [mightily act],” PTI  quotes him as saying.Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the forces to take necessary action following the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, he points out. Rahul Gandhi salutes” IAF pilotsThe Congress also lauds the role of the Indian Air Force in ”keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.” IAF pilots have made us proud: Kejriwal Maharashtra Assembly congratulates armed forcesThe Maharashtra Assembly passes a unanimous resolution congratulating the armed forces for carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan.The resolution is moved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who lauds the Indian Air Force for its bravery.“We feel proud of our armed forces which did not allow martyrdom of our jawans to go in vain. We proved our might,” he says.
Kamal Haasan praises Air ForceMakkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan ‘welcomes’ the air strikes and ’salutes’ the valour of the “heroes.” The country is “proud of its heroes,” he says in a tweet.
“Our 12 (apparently fighter jets) return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes.I salute their valour,” he says. Mamata Banerjee lauds IAFWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hails IAF for carrying out the air strikes. It’s a fight Against terror, No one else, says former director of NSC, AfghanistanMany thanks to IAF_MCC for hitting terror outfits in Balakot of Mansehra, PAK. The area has been known to have the so- called Jihadi Training Camps since era of Zia-ul-Haq.

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