Pakistan has been at war with India since 1971 or a few years thence, after the Generals came to terms with their comprehensive defeat, that year.
This has never changed and may never change unless its Army undergoes a detailed mind-set & policy change from the one which exists today, despite their cosing up to the Chinese recently. Even with all their declarations, enactments and diplomatic parlays, Pakistani claims of a serious peaceful place in the committee of Nations, will always be suspect of deception.
Pakistan, has garnered support of other Nations too in its long journey to infamy, and all facets of proxy wars it has nurtured, during this long period, US & Saudi Arabia being the most prominent.
The first stage of such a war is softening the attitude of the target population, as we have seen in the Muslim dominated parts of Kashmir and at one time in the late ’80s in Punjab.
Pakistani premise that, if such a stage is prolonged enough to create an overall international outcry through subversive media plants and planted news events for media to lap up , it can create a state within a state, by coupling it with subversion of the ruling estates, that is, buying off the legislatature (local politicians PDP, NC, Akalis, etc and maybe, some even from the main stream National Political Parties), administration (Most Kashmiri Govt Employees, are subverted as were the Police ancillaries in Punjab), lower judiciary and the Media (Local, National & International), is the basis of the Kashmir Policy.
Encouraged by this “success” the enemy has expanded the ambit to the other susceptible parts of the country (This has been in vogue in Kashmir, for two plus decades & has been accepted by the World Politicians & Media for long selectively and for varied reasons at least before 9/11).
It is very likely that the “Thousand Cuts War” is already in full swing across the our Nation, with added subversive schemes to include cultural, economic etc. Examples of these are many- if you look at the contents of Bollywood movies, in their funding, one sees a creation of a deliberate local inflation with almost every movie, which is redeemed at the box office within a few days internationally? By whitening money across Nations? Cricket betting, money invested through mosques to take care of Hindu widows, perpetrators of love jihad, overnight purchasing of prime properties at premium rates by radicalised muslims who couldn’t afford the very basics until a few years before and from no major enterprise, in West Bengal, Kerala and other parts of the Nation etc.
To Defence Services Veterans, Veteran Politicians, Administrative Veterans, these signs are clearer, than to most.
We are already in a low key subversive war not insurgency, which has its softer facades such as “Continuation of Peace Talks”, “Back Channel Diplomacy”, “Aman ki Asha”, etc all while “Stalling India’s International Diplomacy at Every Step” by successfully “Equating” Pakistan with India on ever progressive step like, Arms deals, aid, Nuclear Suppliers Group, etc despite having less than 1/10th the GDP and developmental potential.
India faces its own challenges internally. This fact of the waging war within, cannot be accepted by any Govt, State or Central, as it means a failure of their own Police, Intelligence & Administration, especially when worried about the very next election, in which they have to tout themselves as the best for getting votes by hook or crook, even by supporting the extreme radical “National Political Parties & politicians (like Owaisi, his party and many more shell parties).
Unfortunately either our own diplomatic resources have slept it over or are silent to a fault or have been made suckers out of, they do not seem to have noticed that other minorities such as the Christian, Hindu Castes and Tribes have also been subverted and radicalised softly but effectively enough, to send whispers down to the most loyal amongst them and raise nnefarious aspirations in them or at least create enough insecurity, at an economic & political level, if not as fanatic anti-Nationals yet, as the Muslim fanatics are heard to be and seem to operate.
Demonitisation, getting a hold on corruption, bearing down on NGOs etc and having Religious Places and trusts including Mandirs, Mosques, Churches, audited etc are ways to block the sinews of the logistics of the enemy in this war, even if it is just temporary.
As citizens we have to strengthen our own systems beyond waiting for the Government alone to act and also beyond the narrow confines of our religion, language, castes, etc ethnicities and be aware of the changes taking place in our immediate environs every moment.
Col Dilip Kumar Sharma.