BILATERAL RELATIONS : 2 EDITORIALS + 5 NEWS ITEMS OF THE HINDU IN 8 POINTS : Responding to Uri + The two NSAs must meet :
HIGHLY RELEVANT POINTS FOR UPSC :
India lacks = comprehensive national policy to deal with domestic militancy as well as cross-border terrorism.The latest attack also captures the complex reality of India-Pakistan ties and the Kashmir issue.
PM should take the lead to bring together leaders to bring peace, while drawing up a national security doctrine that is free of biases and myopia.
India needs to let its adversaries know it is a power capable of more than mere rhetoric — while assuring its own people that its options are rooted in constitutional values.
For both, a well-documented national security doctrine could be a first step.
Two things are not in India’s favour. One, relations with Pakistan are already not good; and it may sound strange to say this, but surgical strikes work when bilateral relations are better. Two, we currently have a mess in Kashmir. Normal life has been thrown out of gear for more than two months, the death toll continues to rise, and the government and security forces are not able to break the cycle of protests
Uri, however, is a reminder that India needs a long-term strategic policy on Pakistan.
India is set to raise the Uri attack — in which 18 Army soldiers were killed — at the 71st United Nations General Assembly and highlight Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the deadly terror strike.
Statements from France, Israel, Russia, the U.S. and Canada condemned the attack as an act of terror showing that they too share the growing international concern on terrorism. India began its high voltage counter-terror campaign last week at the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and followed it up at the Non-Aligned Movement summit at Venezuela where Indian representatives demanded “concrete action” against terrorism. India had described Pakistan as a “global epicentre of terrorism” at the UNHRC.