Many experts believe that India’s surgical strike against Pakistan’s terrorists after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) on intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday as India’s strategic shift. But is it so?
Earlier during previous regimes, there had been a policy of not crossing the border by defence forces come what may, but it has changed over time.
Only last year in June Indian army orchestrated similar kind of attack in NSCN(K) camps inside Myanmar, following an ambush on the army, which killed some Indian soldiers.
There is certainly a change in India’s policy then before when pervious governments refrained security forces from crossing the international borders. The biggest example in last two decades is the Kargil war where India did not cross the LoC even after the attack from the other side which had taken over Indian bunkers of army which had left them in the mountains during heavy winter.
So, has the present National Security Adviser Ajit Doval played a crucial role in India’s policy shift?
The first sign of India’s changing policy came on October 7, 2014, when he summoned the BSF Director General and asked him to respond to Pakistan's cross-border firing with full might even at slightest needling.
Reports say he had also asked BSF not to seek any flag meetings with the Pakistan Rangers or its army in such circumstances.
The strategy paid off well with Pakistan soon finding itself in rough weathers and waiving truce flags Indian army’s retaliation led to huge damage on its side.
The aggressive stance by India continued whenever Pakistani forces resorted to firing and shelling across the border.
In October last year when Pakistan Rangers Director General Major General Umar Farooq Burki came to Delhi for talks with the Border Security Force (BSF), Pakistani forces again started heavy firing, and it went on for couple days. Home Minister Rajnath Singh then asked BSF to give fitting reply.
Therefore, undoubtedly there has been paradigm shift in the policy of retaliation by Indian armed forces after Modi Government came in the Centre with Doval as the national security advisor.