India must be prepared for two-front war,says Army Chief Bipin Rawat

Rawat’s theories of China’s “salami slicing” tactic or that nuclear deterrence might not completely prevent a war might have realistic implications for the strategy and policy-makers as well as army think tank, but to issue provocative statements after projecting those theories in the public to seek a mandate in a way is not what the army chief is supposed to do.

Rawat had said on Wednesday that it is a myth that nuclear-armed democracies will not go to war, and warned of a two-front war with China and Pakistan.

Rawat said that China is resorting to salami slicing (a series of many small actions, performed by clandestine means, to achieve bigger goals or results that would be hard to perform at one go) and testing out limits of threshold which could gradually emerge into conflict.

“Generals in India need to form some basic knowledge about the current situation”.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi today said relations between China and India were “not derailed” while admitting that ties were “damaged and affected” during the 73-day long Doklam standoff. The response came after the Indian army chief had made comments about the threat posed to the country by China. He said the situation could gradually snowball into a larger conflict on India’s northern border.

Professor Srikanth Kondapalli of Chinese Studies at JNU, points out how military ethos demand that the army has to be prepared for war at all times.

Wang’s statement is the first from a senior Chinese official on the border row following Tuesday’s meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “.we don’t know whether he was authorised to say those words or it was just his spontaneous words or. they represented the position of the government”. He not only turns a blind eye to worldwide rules, but also made us see the arrogance probably prevailing in the Indian Army.

“So it’s been a very careful mix of working on convergences which exist between our two countries – and there are many – and also at the same time trying to deal with the threat element in the relationship”, he observed. Addressing a seminar in New Delhi, Rawat also claimed that differences between India and Pakistan could not be reconciled.

The editorial further said that India has forced China to view “two India – one that is thriving…and the other that keeps provoking China”.

“Should we embrace the first India or teach the second India a lesson?” the editorial questioned.

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