The Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, holds the key to dousing the fire raging in the hearts of the people of India following the Pulwama attack. PM Modi has ‘outsourced’ devising the contours of retribution — the time and place for its execution — to the Army.
After the 2016 Uri attack, a similar standard operating procedure was followed after meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Security. Make no mistake, not retaliating is not an option, especially during election time.
Given the rich electoral harvest reaped from the 2016 surgical strikes — which Pakistan denied, thereby exonerating itself of a riposte — a retaliatory strike is inevitable. Read More