India’s strategic restraint is a losing game
Lack of imagination and grit has masqueraded for too long as a coherent strategy
Here is how the story plays out. Pakistan-backed terrorists perpetrate an attack on Indian soil, inflicting casualties on civilians and security personnel. India gathers evidence of Pakistan’s involvement and presents it before the global community. New Delhi stops talking to Islamabad. Realizing that this doesn’t yield anything, India makes dossiers out of gathered evidence and sends them to Islamabad, hoping Pakistan will take action. Nothing works out and then there is another attack, another bout of talks being called off and another set of dossiers. And one is left confounded by how Pakistan, a state on the brink of failure, can bleed India, the next big global power, again and again.