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Two of the red shirt leaders, Some high profile candidates testing electoral waters this time include three former BJP chief ministers – Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, also a former CM,is pitted against Harish Rawat’s wife Renuka in Haridwar from where AAP nomineeand the country’sfirst woman DGP Kanchan Chaudhry Bhattacharya is also in the fray In Tehri former CM Bahuguna’s son Saket is pitted once again against sitting BJP MP Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah to whom he had lost by more than 20000 votes in 2012 bypoll to the seat In Almora it is sitting Congress MP Pradeeep Tamta versus BJP’s Ajay Tamta Elaborate arrangements have been made to conduct free and fair polling across the state with the deployment of 48122 poll personnel on the state’s 10094 booths election officials here said The 48122 polling personnel deployed on the booths include 11484 presiding officers and 36638 polling officials the state election officer informed adding that 711 micro observes have also been deployed to ensure free and fair poll Security has been tightened across the state to conduct peaceful polling with the deployment of 76 gazetted police officials 122 inspectors 759 sub-inspectors 1531 head constables 11225 constables 11245 homeguards 5409 gram prahris chowkidars and forest guards besides 21 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and 56 companies of central police forces election officials said PTI Last week Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa sent a personal letter to nearly 12000 officers of the Indian Air Force (IAF) asking them to be prepared for operations "at a very short notice" The ‘personal’ letter is believed to be the first of its kind written by an Indian air chief – though it is known that two army chiefs Field Marshal KM Cariappa in May 1950 and General K Sundarji in February 1986 had sent similar letters to the Indian Army officers Of course in his personal letter the air chief has written on a plethora of issues all intended to boost the morale of his officers but the timing of his letter seems to be influenced by the deteriorating relations with Pakistan and heightening of insurgency in Jammu &Kashmir In fact the air chief’s letter assumes further significance amidst reports that India may be forced to fight a two-front war in the future given China’s increasing bellicosity Reports suggest that faced with a two-front war scenario against Pakistan and China the IAF will deploy its latest Rafale combat aircraft– 36 of them are to be procured from France – at Ambala in Haryana (keeping in mind Pakistan) and Hasimara in West Bengal (to meet the Chinese challenge) Representational image Reuters It may be noted in this context that in January this year Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat had said that the Indian Army was prepared to simultaneously fight a two-front war against Pakistan and China "As far as the armed forces are concerned we are asked to be prepared for a two-front war and I think we are capable of carrying out our task in whatever manner that we may be asked to do so by the political hierarchy" Rawat said All these lead to three questions: Will there be a war If there is a war will it be a two-front war And if it is a two-front war how will India particularly the IAF perform In regard to the first question the possibility of a war with Pakistan cannot be ruled out Wars in the ultimate analysis are ‘rational choices’ by the States; this means that leaders of the States are rational responsible and accountable when they go to war whether in defence or offence And as long as wars are the rational choices their likelihood is less But when a State does not have rational decision-makers as seems to be thecase with Pakistan (given the increasing religious radicalisation of its Army which in turn has established its preponderance in the nation’s decision-making) a war on India on the western front is always a distinct possibility In the event of a war with Pakistan will China help Pakistan Such a scenario is highly unlikely because of three reasons First unlike in Pakistan Chinese leaders – though authoritarians – are reputed to be among the most rational actors In order to make itself the world’s most preeminent power China needs to strengthen its economic might first and that requires cooperation and economic interactions with the major powers of the world including India India-China relations no longer centre on one or two issues where New Delhi and Beijing have serious differences; their relationship needs to be seen holistically and here both converge on many global issues Secondly China had belied similar apprehensions of siding with Pakistan during the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971 much to the disappointment of Islamabad And those were the years when India-China relations were virtually non-existent (following the 1962 War) Compared to the situation prevailing then India-China relations now are not only normal but also multipronged Thirdly two-front wars have been almost a rarity in the recent history One may argue that in this century the United States has fought both in Afghanistan and Iraq simultaneously but strictly speaking both these countries were in the midst of civil wars and American intervention was meant to support one faction against the other; these cannot be called full-fledged wars against Afghanistan or Iraq And that brings us to the third question of whether the Indian Air Force can fight a two-front war credibly Here the word ‘winning’ is avoided deliberately as modern wars are going to be non-nuclear very short and intense; the world community at large will not allow a full-fledged war among the major powers to continue for months without risking a World War III That is why even the tiny Taiwan (which China describes as its renegade province) is not scared of China as it is confident that its military is strong enough to resist the Chinese forces for at least a week during which time the world community will surely intervene to stop the war Against this backdrop it may be highlighted here that in his letter last week to his officers Dhanoa talked of preparing for operations "with our present holdings" What he implied was that India’s present holdings may not be good enough but still we have to do our duty with what we have It is equally noteworthy that as the deputy air chief last year Dhanoa had clearly admitted that the IAF did not have enough numbers in case a two-front war involving China and Pakistan broke out Almost half of the fighter planes currently in use by the IAF are set to be decommissioned over the next nine years Presently IAF has 35 active fighter squadrons against a government authorised strength of 42 Squadrons (going by IAF’s estimate India actually needs 45 squadrons) though according to the latest Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Defence the actual strength may be down to 25 squadrons As the Committee has pointed out of the 25 active fighter squadrons 14 are equipped with MiG-21s and MiG-27s which will retire between 2015 and 2024 Thus the strength will be reduced to just 11 squadrons by 2024 The Committee is right to conclude that the widening gap occurs because the rate at which fighter aircraft are retiring after completion of their total technical life exceeds the rate at which their replacements are being inducted into the IAF The only saving grace however is that the IAF has contracted for 272 Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft to form 13 Squadrons and the delivery of these aircraft is likely to be completed by 2020 This means that the air Force will be able to add 13 squadrons in its kitty only by 2020 Of course there are additional plans for the series production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas development of the fifth generation aircraft with Russia and acquiring of the Rafale But overall the situation is far from satisfactory Roughly speaking India may have adistinct advantage over Pakistan – our Army capability is around twice that of Pakistan IAF is 16 times bigger and Indian Navy is around three times more capable – but when it comes to China the situation is just the reverse So on paper India fares poorly vis-a-vis the combined might of Pakistan and China until and unless we increase by at least 50 percent our capital-budgetary allocations for our armed forces However all this is not to suggest that we will not be able to hold our ground in a “short” two-front war (as already explained there will be ashort war if in case there is one) Talking specifically of the IAF we will have an initial advantage over even the Chinese as unlike ours their air force planes will be taking off from high altitude airfields and hence wouldcarry less amount of ordinance and fuel payload (the Chinese do not have enough mid-air refuellers) affecting their performance Along with MiG-29s Mirage-2000s (both versatile air fighters) C-17 Globemaster-III transport aircraft (manufactured by Boeing) and the Lockheed Martin-manufactured C-130J Super Hercules airlifters our air assets also include the Sukhoi Su-30MKI that has a range of 3000 km on internal fuel and can carry out a 375 hour combat mission The Su-30s are extraordinary fighters with both range and speed – 2120 km/h – and can easily move between the Pakistan and China without undergoing any refueling and rearming; they can strike targets in Tibet as well as Pakistan India’s double advantage over its adversaries is provided by the BrahMos cruise missiles which have changed the nature of air power considerably With a speed of Mach 28 that translates to 952 meters per second these missiles make virtual radars of the enemies defunct in the sense that even if they are detected at a range of 30 kilometres they will give the enemy less than 30 seconds before they are tracked illuminated and shot down The result could be that the BrahMos missiles can cause incalculable damage to the enemy’s defences tanks air bases ships and command and communication centres a task which earlier was assigned to a fighter pilot with jet fighters And what is more important the BrahMos missiles are produced in India itself in a joint venture with Russia In conclusion the IAF can defend the country in a short and sudden two-front war However things will be uncertain if the war gets prolonged Written by Radha Kumar | Published: February 5 2016 12:11 am The issue of redeployment touches upon security concerns as well as property rights Related News Jammu and Kashmir has been under governor’s rule for a month Though it was widely expected that after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s untimely death his daughter and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairperson Mehbooba Mufti would take over it did not happen At first it appeared as if the PDP’s coalition partner the BJP was fighting shy because its members distrusted Mehbooba Now Mehbooba with the backing of her party has announced that the coalition must agree on confidence-building measures (CBMs) and a roadmap for their implementation before she assumes chief ministership Why did she make this announcement and what lies behind it The BJP-PDP coalition came into power almost a year ago Since then it has been dogged by unnecessary controversies such as over Article 370 and the beef ban (to which an innocent truck driver lost his life) Central annual assistance to the state took a long time to negotiate with PM Narendra Modi announcing what was admittedly a whopping Rs 80000 crore as late as November Disbursement has been slow to follow and long overdue work on flood relief and infrastructure repair will only now begin in March/ April Accompanied by rising militancy these factors have led to mounting frustration in the Valley which is often displayed in shows of public support for militants Whether these are intended to demonstrate anger against government rather than support for militancy is unclear; perhaps it is sophistry to ask Whichever way their impact is to strengthen a primarily security-focused approach to the state rather than the humanitarian “insaniyat ke dayire mein” approach that Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiated which was fostered by the first PDP-led coalition in Jammu and Kashmir then in partnership with the Congress It is unsurprising that Mehbooba should look to that period to underline those CBMs that remain unfinished or suspended Two of the three CBMs that she has proposed — refraining from provocative issues as agreed under the coalition’s “agenda for alliance” speeding up post-flood relief and either revoking Afspa or withdrawing the “disturbed areas” order from selected areas — were floated in 2002-05 Yet it is worth noting that even then and for 10 years thereafter there were formidable obstacles to resolving the Article 370 and Afspa issues The relatively successful CBMs comprised cross-border trade and travel and peace talks with Pakistan that encouraged a decline in militancy Indications are that the coalition was moving towards next steps on both in tandem with the Union government though only after hectic back-channel negotiations between BJP and PDP representatives On the face of it Mehbooba’s proposal that the coalition re-establish itself with a roadmap for the three CBMs she outlined is an olive branch Her offer will not only rescue the government it will also rescue the two coalition partners Each had fought the election on diametrically opposed planks and each had to concede to the other in the “agenda of alliance” The first response to the coalition was one of vocal disbelief and reproach in the Valley; the response was more muted in Jammu Both parties’ constituencies asked how the BJP and PDP could work together and thus far have received little answer Both her party and the BJP have lost credibility during the 10 months of coalition non-performance In this context it makes eminent political sense for the coalition to restart under a new chief minister with a clear-cut roadmap of concrete action The question is what should this action comprise There is no arguing with the proposition that Article 370 should be put on a back burner for now given that recent demands for its rollback have only further estranged the Valley from Jammu Ladakh and the rest of India and provided another propaganda tool to spoilers including those inciting militancy But putting something on a back burner is not exactly action indeed it is the opposite The political need of the hour is to build bridges between Kashmir and Jammu through a combination of dialogue devolution and connectivity While Central assistance to the state includes large provisions for the latter dialogue would need to be tackled politically and devolution administratively There are innumerable government reports suggesting ways to overcome the communal divides in the state as well as for administrative devolution Many of the suggestions are feasible and require only a modicum of political will Should they be implemented as policy they will pave the way for a serious rather than confrontational discussion on Article 370 and whether it needs amendment The Afspa issue is more complicated It bundles two quite separate issues into one: First whether and what protections the army requires to battle terrorism and/or insurgency; and second whether the army should redeploy out of relatively calm areas The first issue is easier to deal with than the second: The Supreme Court has already laid down strict guidelines for counter-terrorism operations that have contributed to a large decline in human rights violations by the military While the issue of Afspa remains an important one for the country to explore with human rights defenders in Jammu and Kashmir police reforms have become more important for daily life than military reform The issue of redeployment touches upon security concerns as well as property rights The army is right in saying it cannot be expected to refrain from pursuit of terrorists should they flee to calm areas and it is absurd to imagine a security grid that applies to some parts but not the whole But modernisation of the forces to create rapid reaction units would automatically thin their numbers And return of leased lands to the government or owners is their right None of these issues can be tackled in a populist way but they can be solved — indeed several solutions have already been worked out by the innumerable committees that the Central and state governments set up over the past five decades If the BJP grasps the PDP’s olive branch the coalition could agree on mechanisms to tackle each and get on with the business of government which is what they were elected to do The writer is director general of the Delhi Policy Group Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Amartya Sen | Updated: July 19 2015 8:50 am Pratap may well disagree with me that the intervention of political interference in the academic independence of public institutions is much larger and more politically systematic now in line with the authoritarianism and sectarianism of the Hindutva rulers Related News Since I read Tavleen Singh’s column whenever I am in India (always with enjoyment — and sometimes also with “constructive dissent”) I am delighted to receive questions from her which she wants me to answer (‘Questions for a Nobel laureate’ The Indian Express July 12) This I will do first but I will then go on to respond to some very important issues that Pratap Bhanu Mehta has raised about academic freedom (‘Nalanda is a syndrome’ The Indian Express July 14) A critic not an advisor Tavleen Singh expresses her frustration with me: “What I do not understand… is why Dr Sen as a virtual advisor to the last government did not get Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi to change this horrible state of affairs” But Tavleen (if I may call you that as a virtual friend) I have never been an advisor — formal or virtual — to either of the leaders named (even though I respect them both and Manmohan is a very good friend from our student days in Cambridge) Share This Article Related Article As a citizen of a democracy I have always preferred placing my criticisms and commendations in the public domain In numerous articles and talks (including a speech to the Indian Parliament in 2008 — the first Hiren Mukherjee Memorial Lecture “What should keep us awake at night”) I have expressed my criticism of the governance of India My forthcoming book (The Country of First Boys) includes essays written over the last few decades analysing some of the things that have gone wrong with Indian policymaking including the persistent neglect of public health and education and policies for gender equity and the choice of overactivity in things that the government cannot do well (like bureaucratic control) neglecting what it should be able to do well (such as having good public services for all) READ: Questions for a Nobel laureate Amartya Sen The old mistakes have been consolidated and magnified by the Narendra Modi government The funding for public healthcare and school education which was very meagre under the last government has been further slashed under the present government (cutting for example Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and mid-day meals) There were mistakes in the past (about which I have been hollering) but that should not stop us from protesting when the mistakes are enlarged The two genocides Did I protest about the genocide in Delhi in 1984 Of course I did — then and later (for governmental inaction in not bringing the criminals to justice) Tavleen asks “Did Dr Sen make a statement saying that Rajiv Gandhi had no right to be prime minister” I did not but nor did I say that Modi had no such right Tavleen is confusing here the issue of the “right” to be prime minister (on which I did not express any resistance in either case) with an argument against voting for Modi (which I did present) Did that reasoning take note of Modi’s long history of being a part of the RSS as a pracharak and was it influenced by my strong reservations about the divisive politics of the Hindutva movement Of course it did and it was Lessons from Kerala for today Tavleen is critical of “Kerala’s model of development” I have never seen Kerala as a “model” (since there were many weak points in its policies) but I have persistently pointed to the lessons to be learned about the rewards of early emphasis on public education and public healthcare for all In the 1960s and 1970s when I pointed to the benefits of education and healthcare in raising longevity and the quality of human life and to the long-run prospect of faster economic growth that human capability development helped generate I was told that Kerala’s policies were unaffordable because it was one of the poorest states in India It was not unaffordable and Kerala has had the highest life expectancy in India for many decades now (in fact higher than the average of China) And now that the latest data show that this erstwhile poor state Kerala has absolutely the highest per capita income in India can there be a little vindication there READ: Another argument Nalanda and the repeated falsehoods On Nalanda University Tavleen is absolutely right that the official website should say more about who destroyed the old campus (rather than just describing them as “invaders”) It is refreshing that Tavleen does not restate the same false charges that some arms of the Modi government and its political allies have been firmly planting in the media and trying to make them look true by obsessive repetition To take this occasion to correct a few of these planted allegations: One the chancellor receives no salary from Nalanda; two I have always insisted that Nalanda should be fully accountable and its books should be both internally and externally audited (by the government as well) as indeed they are; three Nalanda has not spent Rs 2700 crore as alleged (a BJP hotshot even alleges Rs 3000 crore) but Rs 46 crore (less than 2 per cent of the constantly repeated misinformation in social media) over its entire period of existence up to the end of the fiscal year 2014-15 including all the preparatory work as well as construction costs so far Academic independence with accountability I come now to political interference in the academic independence of public institutions designed to be autonomous Pratap Bhanu Mehta has rightly pointed out that this has happened before I do actually say that in my New York Review of Books essay (“The stormy revival of an international university” August 13) to which Pratap refers (though not without a superior dig at the journal) but does not cite me as having said that Pratap may well disagree with me that the intervention is much larger and more politically systematic now in line with the authoritarianism and sectarianism of the Hindutva rulers But whether or not we agree on this is the presence of past folly any reason for not protesting about what is going on now Pratap also plays the elitism card I sympathise with him there too but elitism is such a pervasive feature of university education in India where the majority of people have no good schools to go to and some — especially girls — may have none at all (or none safe enough with their single-teacher structure) It may be good but not good enough to protest about the elitist character of the IITs IIMs Delhi University or — for that matter — Nalanda without having a line to spare on how terribly biased the opportunity of higher education is in our dear country and how much talent is smashed into pulp by the biased education pyramid India has constructed I promise to send Pratap a copy of The Country of First Boys when it is out Where Pratap and I may have a real difference is his tendency to think that the general “public does not see” the governmental interventions as bad and has no sympathy for elite educational institutions My experience is that the extent of sympathy is strong (I have even had a flood of support on Nalanda from people unknown to me) and there is even some public pride in having elite institutions in India The social media hounds may go on with loud denunciations and repeating concocted statistics but if Pratap would take those organised attacks to be the voice of public opinion they would have an unearned victory There is no lack of understanding of the fact that even though the pervasive elitism of the educational structure has to be challenged that very large issue cannot be resolved by allowing public educational institutions to be further decimated on grounds that they have had interferences before The public does understand the need for resistance The writer a Nobel laureate in economics is Thomas W Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News They are not directly headed for Mosul, tightening 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