The issue is of metrics based approach & quantification of all events & incidents by primarily the Army.

CI/CT ops are people driven campaigns, people are about feelings & perceptions which are intangible & can’t be quantified.

Army can’t replace the government, it can’t act guarantor for the civil administration. Till this realisation doesn’t dawn on the Army & the civil administration doesn’t pick up its game, we won’t see any change in the cycles of lull & violence.

In Kashmir there is a external stressor, Pakistan which has proved extremely difficult to handle at the political level. So this needs to kept in mind because the external abettor will ensure a advent of a new paradigm to counter each step taken India to being +ive change.
So the onus is on the Civil Administration to step up & Army to step back. Army needs to realistically & wholisticaly prepare to tackle the external stressor.

Minor incidents need not change the focus.
Intelligence agencies should prevent a major strike
while also providing a +ive narrative & creating conducive political environment by using all means incl subterfuge & coercion to bring unwilling/ uncooperative parties to the mainstream.

Army can protect democracy but not get it practiced by a population.
6/n Whole of government approach in which the army learns to step back while only carrying out int based ops & not a prophylactic strategy of Striking gold in 1 out of 100 ops.

Shift forces out of population centres put pressure on Pak.

Leave hinterland ops to Police & CRPF
if needed use SOF for minimal collateral, precision & timeliness.

Try to capture rather than kill.

If Saddam Hussain could be captured then im sure these brain washed young men with pistols can surely be caught.
Pistols don’t require Level 4 protection.

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