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How to deal with enemy countries: India must revisit its foreign policy
In the wake of last Sunday's Uri terror attack that claimed lives of 18 soldiers and injured many others, it becomes necessary that India must revisit its foreign policies as well as its entire strategies required to deal with enemy countries.

Serious failures are again noticed in implementing intelligence inputs and safeguarding military bases, which also have become common phenomena with our government and concerned departments.

Attacks on military establishments and convoys by terrorists have been frequent both in militancy-affected and naxal-affected regions. Every year, we get reports of some sort of attacks on military bases and their movements that ensues in deaths of military personnel. It always smells a rat in leak of confidential data about military set-up; besides, failures in implementing the intelligence inputs sabotage security build-up by handful of terrorists.

In view of many decades of cross-border terrorism and training of terrorists on Pakistan's soil, there are indisputably many strategic options available with India to protect its border, military, establishments, and citizens. In the context of sponsored wars by Pakistan on Indian territories through ceasefire violations, cross-border infiltrations, and terrorist activities, declaring Pakistan a 'Terrorist State - the pivot of terrorism' and eliminating Pakistan through economic sanctions by international communities is not enough.

Pakistan has its birth with sole aim of harming Indian citizens and causing destructions to Indian establishments, that's why Pakistan has engaged India into several wars and has been sponsoring and training terrorists for decades on its soil. Besides, Pakistan regularly aims to receive economic, military, and tactical aids against India for which it has served as an obedient subject to the United States. It currently shares strong ties with China.

Eliminating Pakistan from international communities on the matter of a sponsor of terrorism is not as easy as the current Indian government is trying at its best. Furthermore, due to its relationship with the United States and China, Pakistan brazenly accuses India at international forums for alleged ceasefire violation and untrue atrocities on residents of Kashmir.

Drawing international communities' attention and accumulating their support during a war against an enemy country and forcing economic sanctions on enemy countries are part of strategies and are advantageous to some extent. Nevertheless as India fought those wars strategically and defeated its enemy, it is right time to teach right lessons to our wicked enemy again. Obviously, India does not want to engage itself in another war and slow down its economy's progress. Yet when water runs above nose, it's high time to act and take due actions to prevent further losses of life and property.

If war is not necessary, a proper measure to thwart ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration by terrorists is dismantling terrorist camps and eliminating similar outfits being run on Pakistan's territory. At the same time, India should better avoid looking at the United States and the United Nation to pronounce 'misdeeds' of Pakistan - that Pakistan has been waging war-like activities on India for decades. On the contrary, India has to fight its war and other issues itself by taking actions.

'Attack is the best defence' - what experts advise and countries like the United States follow in thwarting terrorism. Military options must be utilized from time-to-time when the enemy is hell-bent to destroy our survival and attacking us again and again. India's government and the armed forces must employ tactical undercover strategies to counteract enemies' plans.

Indian military must repeatedly carry out operations in enemy areas even on suspicion of a mole without taking into account any fear factor and hindrance from government and international watchdogs.

India must prepare troops that can carry out covert military operations in other countries by using advanced military resources and superior war-technologies so that special troops can penetrate far inside into enemies territories and execute operations overnight.

In recent times, rarely any country engage itself in a direct war but uses its secret services - trained with superior war-skills and equipped with fantabulous technologies - to dismantle enemies' hideouts, training-camps, weaponry, and missions as well.

Military units must design outstanding strategies and work in coordination to deploy special-forces - with expertise in ambush operations, cracking down enemies, and pulverizing their establishments - deep inside enemies' territories. The Army and the Air Force of India must work in coordination with the Indian Navy by using each other's bases and facilities to launch swift tactical attacks on enemies' bases and terrorist-camps.

The special armed forces must also utilize options to go with surgical air-strikes and covert missile-attacks on enemies' establishments such that attacks should look more like bombing by Pakistan's local militants.

When an enemy like Pakistan concedes defeat beforehand in a direct war with India but trains its troops to cause damages on Indian soil through infiltrations, war-strategies of India must also change and include options to tear down militant training-camps being run in enemy's country as well as enemy's bases. India's armed forces must learn to dodge and deceive enemies whereas India's government must be brazen and resolute in defending India's military operations at international forums.

Building massive army and advancing war-scale technologies could be a subject of any country's war-preparedness. However, military preparedness on large scale mainly serve as a deterrent to enemies' intention of waging war, but it does not work effectively in combating proxy wars and guerrilla wars. Although, India has to massively deploy its armed forces along its borders and an alert Navy in sea-areas, besides keeping its strategic weapons ready, and carrying out regular military exercises in border areas for extra-preparedness and for threatening enemies.

In addition, government should also double its current defense funding and allocate at least USD 50 billion (Rs 350 thousand crore rupees) in the annual budget to meet India's renewed defense expenses.

In view of brewing tension with enemy countries (mainly Pakistan and China), India has to defend its enormously long border of 6500 km and protect a huge population of 1.29 billion people against any substantial sabotage attack.

India is supposed to escalate its war-preparedness right now so the Indian government is required to invest adequately in obtaining arms and ammunition for many years. India's government should also invest sufficiently towards creating units of military personnel with specialized training and ready for covert operations as well as their reserve.

Research and development (R&D) programs for military's technological advances should also be augmented with a protocol for recruiting new scientists in large numbers. Students graduating from premier science and engineering colleges and institutes in the country should be retained in R&D programs of government whereas these institutes and other colleges also must own latest equipment and other facilities in labs where advances of science must be taught regularly.

These necessary measures to counteract proxy war from Pakistan ought to be duly noted by India's current government for planning strategies and military operations against our enemy's changed position in many decades of war.

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