India can’t defeat Pakistan militarily, says book
NEW DELHI: India has no clarity about its military and strategic objectives vis-à-vis its stated adversaries, Pakistan and China, and can defeat neither of them in a war, a new book by N.C. Asthana, former Indian police officer respected for his insights into security affairs, says.
The Wire on Tuesday carried a review of the book National Security and Conventional Arms Race: Spectre of a Nuclear War. It quotes the book as seeing “a huge mismatch between the militaristic official and media rhetoric, on the one hand, and the reality, which is that India cannot defeat either country militarily”.
The reviewer, Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of the esteemed current affairs portal, quotes Asthana as suggesting that instead of pouring vast sums of money into expensive weapons imports, India would be better served by finding solutions to the security challenges both Pakistan and China present by strengthening itself internally and pursuing non-military solutions, including diplomacy.
Asthana’s columns are widely read for their scholarship and he has authored 48 books, written or co-authored while in service. He is particularly known for his willingness to be sharply critical of the political and bureaucratic establishment, Varadarajan says.
Asthana also puts the lens on what he calls the “politics of warmongering”, which, according to him, has consumed public discourse in India over the past six years.
“Under the delusion that India has somehow, magically become invincible, he notes how a large number of Indians seem to be itching for a war.”
This invincibility narrative is both fuelled and strengthened by relentless arms imports. Asthana puts the figure India has spent on arms imports in the five years since 2014 at $14 billion, “and the undisclosed cost of the 36 Rafale jets purchased from Dassault Aviation is not included in this”.
But even this sum pales before the $130bn India is projected to spend on arms imports in the next decade, including on 100-plus even more expensive fighter jets to make up for the shortfall caused by the Modi go nment’s decision to scrap the earlier deal for 126 Rafales.
Dec 30, 2020 08:22am
Let me correct that. Mischief India cannot defeat Pakistan militarily or by any other of their evil ways. Period.
Had Modi listened to sane voices he would not have planned mischief against Pakistan and CPEC, one brought disgrace to IAF, the other cost India its territory.
Military conflicts will not be allowed by the world. That's why bigger forces can't attack smaller forces. India can't attack Pakistan and China can't attack India. But yes, the mental games will keep going on.
What do the Indians have to say now ? Come out of the “Invincible India” delusion.
Now IK should stay relax and cut the country's defence budget by half to buy more wheat.
In 1971 one country divided in to two.
Heard his name for first time
Finally, a sane voice from India.
What a great news, now Pakistan can stop taking more loans and can buy more wheats, flour, pulses and tomatoes to feed the public.
Who is this guy ? Congress spokesperson?
Now Pakistanis can focus on growth and not military thanks police guy from India
Pakistan & China should never underestimate Modi. He can and will go to any extent to neutralize the threats emanating from Pakistan.
Something for Pakistan to cheer about.
War is not a solution.
Modi is already building the infrastructure necessary to block Indus water. Can you stop him?
Pakistan's Best Selling Book of 2020 !
haha - be happy if this gives your pleasure