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Monday, September 26, 2016
MR PRIME MINISTER, STANDING AT THE CUSP OF TIME - YOU PROPEL INTO HISTORY :: IT IS TIME TO BE PRO-ACTIVE AND NOT RE-ACTIVE (INDIAN THINKING). STRIKE AT THE PSYCHE OF PAK AS A NATION. STATE EMPHATICALLY "WILL RESORT TO PUNITIVE & SEVERE NUCLEAR ATTACK, IF PAK OPTS FOR FIRST STRIKE. A NATION OF 4 CITIES (PAK), CANNOT DARE THINK RETALIATE THE NATION OF 104 CITIES (INDIA)::: YOU HAVE ONLY 3 OPTIONS::: STRIKE, STRIKE AND STRIKE. MAY GOD GIVE YOU STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
Dear Mr Modi,
At the outset let me begin by stating that how proud we Indians are to have a P M of your integrity. Past 96 odd hours must have been hours of extreme anxiety laced with fear of the unknown. Your extremely competent team of advisors must have given their valued opinion on the options to be exercised after attack at Uri.
Let me share a small event; I met an Israeli pilot in USA nearly 35 years back. He was then flying Kfir, an Israeli fighter. I was flying MiG-21. We hit it off instantaneously. During our excursion tour of Washington lasting over six hours, we chatted on every issue from personal family to war.
His one line answer to my question about Israeli ability to keep so many hostile nation at bay was simple but astonishing. He said “OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE TRAINED OURSELVES TO THINK LIKE AN ARAB. THIS ENABLES US TO TRACK THEIR MOVES EVEN BEFORE ACTION FROM THEIR SIDE BEGINS”.
We as Indians, military included, have failed miserably in acquiring this expertise. Our bureaucrats are no better. Even the master strategist Chanakya had said something like this.
This shortcoming has made us REACTIVE rather than PRO-ACTIVE. Sadly we think as Indians on Pak intentions and we continue to bite the dust repeatedly.
I have absolutely no doubt that your senior advisors have placed before you the specter of a nuclear strike by Pakistan, if we opt to retaliate militarily. Nothing could be farther from truth.
I have spent over two years with PAF pilots in Iraq flying from same base.
Psyche of a Pakistani is that of an impoverished, under-confident and scared individual/group and that is why they ‘bark’.
Indeed we should be prepared for an unlikely nuclear strike from Pakistan. But believe me it will not happen merely because we sent four MiG-21s to strike at a supposed terrorist camp.
Mr. Prime Minister, we do not have to strike the PERSONA of PAK MILITARY, but we have to strike at the PSYCHE of PAKISTAN as a NATION.
Towards this an emphatic and unequivocal statement from you that - WE SHALL RESORT TO PUNITIVE & DISPROPORTIONATELY SEVERE NUCLEAR ATTACK, IF PAKISTAN OPTS FOR FIRST STRIKE, will be enough.
Believe me a nation of FOUR CITIES (Pakistan)cannot absorb such retaliation from a nation of 104 cities (India).
You stand at the cusp of time that will propel you into history.
Diplomatic isolation of Pakistan is extremely unlikely, given the prevailing geo-strategic scenario. USA is unlikely to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state (‘BADABER’ near Peshawar continues to remain a US base except that there are no operations by US forces from this base at the moment). Hangar doors can always be opened).
Even if it is accomplished, it will further enrage Pakistan psyche leading to more such attacks.
We have to force Pakistan into submission by demonstrating that we can and will resort to punitive mil action. Terrorists understand only one language; that is of terror.
Diplomatic accomplishment and Military action can be compared to SHIELD and SWORD respectively.
Diplomatic action is like a shield, which can only protect you; it cannot destroy/eliminate the evil.
Military action is like a SWORD; it not only protects you but also eliminates the evil.
Mr Prime Minister, we fighter pilots follow one credo blindly*;
If you take a wrong decision, it can be fatal, but INDECISION is always fatal. * *Mr Prime Minister you have to choose from THREE OPTIONS; Strike, Strike and Strike.*
May God grant you the wisdom and strength to choose the right option in this hour of grave national crisis.
Regards, Gp Capt TP Srivastava 21st September, 2016