Insurgency / Naxalism / Terrorism - Response to,

Insurgency / Naxalism / Terrorism - Response to,

Highlights:

Counter Insurgency needs a Population centric approach - staying power - “clear and hold” beats “search and destroy” - Provide security to locals to live their lives - fire power is no substitute for patience and ‘boots on ground’. Counter Terrorism, especially when sponsored from outside is war and needs effective military action.

Quotations for consideration:

  • “The guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win.” - Anon
  •  “Fighting Terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can’t be treated just where it is visible… every diseased cell… must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can’t happen without the total commitment and every day involvement of the… people.” - David Hackworth .
  • “Terror is a tactic. We cannot wage ‘War’ against a tactic.” - Ron Paul .
  • “The impulse… to devote resources to predicting the next (terror incident) makes (one) more vulnerable to those not predicted. It is better to invest in preparedness, not in prediction. Remember that infinite vigilance is not possible and therefore it is better to try to predict its consequences... and then base one’s decisions to mitigate the consequences.” - Nicholas N. Taleb
  • “The dangerous patriot… drifts in to chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.” - Col. James A. Donovan.
  • “What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” - Robert F. Kennedy .

Key Concepts:

  • Insurgency is the organized use of subversion and violence to seize, nullify or challenge political control of a region. Therefore it is actually a political struggle in which both sides use armed force to create space for their respective political, economic views and influence activities to be effective.
  • Terrorism is an extension of true war and consists essentially of small scale offensive strikes as sneak attacks on unsuspecting targets that seek to tie-up the adversary’s resources and yet not trigger large scale response.
  • The Response to Naxal / Insurgent / Terrorist acts must be measured, and clear to all.

“Courage takes two forms in War. Courage in the face of personal danger, whose effects are felt in the tactical sphere, and Courage to take responsibility, a requirement for strategic success” - Hew Strachan.

Such courage to understand the situation and take responsibility is what we should demand of our leaders in government. Calls for ‘knee-jerk’ responses to acts arising from long festering dissatisfaction are not the answer. Be prepared to deal with the circumstances comprehensively and understand that this may take more time and call for greater commitment than as it would seem at first sight.

Dealing with Domestic Insurgency:

The government must understand the worst case scenario of not acting appropriately and recognize that we need to have a proper and comprehensive military, political / social and economic

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Comments

Dear Vikram, Thanks for your encouraging comments. Please do read the other Articles too. I would appreciate comments that may help me to make the Article even better… Best Wishes… P.T.Choudary.

Dear V.V, Yes it is.However it is not land, but the security of income from it and the status it accords that is important. In view of the growing population and the pressure on whatever land is available, it is necessary that an alternate way of meeting their income & security needs is found.In a world of growing wealth based on new knowledge & ideas, this can no longer be in land holding, but by finding a way of allowing them to participate in the Equity of companies being set up in what they see as their lands. See articles on ” Case for compensation” & ” Case for Entrepreneurship”. Best Wishes.. P.T.

I left Airforce 17 years back after completion of 34 years of commissioned service.I donot know what is happening now specially after state of art technology. The article is quite exhaustive and probably not indicative. Pl suggest your clear recommendations/suggestions after these long deliberations. I hope policy makers might be working on various methods/steps to be taken to reduce the cost as well as to strengthen our Defence.

i feel that naxalism is a socio-economic problem. reforms in land holdings is the key. remove the cause and naxalism will die its natural death.

Dear V.V, Yes it is.However it is not land, but the security of income from it and the status it accords that is important. In view of the growing population and the pressure on whatever land is available, it is necessary that an alternate way of meeting their income & security needs is found.In a world of growing wealth based on new knowledge & ideas, this can no longer be in land holding, but by finding a way of allowing them to participate in the Equity of companies being set up in what they see as their lands. See articles on " Case for compensation" & " Case for Entrepreneurship". Best Wishes.. P.T.
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