A Bloody Sisterhood
Sumer Sharma

Well written.

Happy that some one is still trying an objective outlook in this charged atmosphere. My two penny worth below.

Though I would like to state that while the Indian state is repeatedly trying to isolate itself from the troubles in Pakistan, they see us as a convinient diversion from internal questioning and a whipping boy.

The famous analogy used by the Pak army of “Keeping the pot boiling” has gone on too long. The so called strategic assets and their blatant use, to inflict “a thousand cuts” and the ingenious strategy of state denial of responsibilty, while avowing continued diplomatic and material support to this “NO COST LOW / COST WAR” war has inflicted a lot of pain both material and psychological on India.

What must be understood of the actions post Uri is that finally Indian govt is trying to bring about a shift in the narrative. By going public and taking various measures in addition to the political and military measures, the signalling is that the cost of this war is about to rise. Strategic denial as an alternative has run its course. The fear that every cut inflicted will invite corresponding pain on the perpetrators hiding behind the protection of Pak soveriegnity is hoped to act as a deterrent.

In addition, the loss of face to the army is a major dissuasive factor which is likely to change the dynamics and the way the Pak populace views its armed forces. This will cause a weakening of the stranglehold that it presently has over everything in Pakistan. This may also generate an opportunity for the Pakistanis to strengthen their democracy, which may help in reaching for peaceful resolution of differences. Till the army dominates, it will scuttle any attempts to lower the threat perception and thus bring its very primacy, disproportionate allocation of national resources and its very relevance into question.

Sometimes peace comes only after guns have become redundant to the narrative.