In yet another attack by terrorists on India, this time on a rear base of an army unit at Uri, 17 Indian soldiers have been killed.
To put this into perspective, the casualties of the security personnel in the January Pathankot attack which was compared in its audacity with Mumbai 26/11 was seven.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that those behind the attack will not go unpunished. Home minister Rajnath Singh has named Pakistan and called for its isolation. Notably, Ram Madhav, senior functionary of the Bharatiya Janata Party and someone believed to be the voice of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh inside the party, has argued for doing away with the “so-called strategic restraint”.
The agenda of diplomatic isolation of Pakistan has not gone anywhere. India has to carefully look at its hard power portfolio at the moment.
Words have to be backed by action to signal credibility and instil deterrence. The old dictum still holds true: If you want peace, prepare for war.