The Indian Army today is in a far better state of preparedness than 1962. But ground uncertainties remain the same and hence, the risk of sudden escalation if troops face-to-face for a long time.
The political groundwork to find that common ground is what will need to be done now. Eventually, the success of any reform is through political will — the wider the support, the greater the chances of a favourable outcome.
Such is the concern at the highest echelons of the government that a central team was dispatched to Mumbai on Thursday to take stock of the situation. Clearly, the time has come to think in terms of a national-level special action plan for Mumbai and its suburbs.
The biggest concern is how to keep the numbers on the dashboard in control while easing lockdown restrictions. Never before has such a daily count being tracked so scrupulously nationally.
The challenge for GoI is to script an economic comeback after managing the problem on the health front.
The US had begun to target Chinese investment two years ago through the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which brought sweeping changes in the laws enabling Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Roads, rural construction and mining have been identified for 2 million workers.
The way India exits the lockdown will demonstrate its reliability as a global alternative for the future.
The ‘heavy-handed’ pre-emptive approach was right there from the start, when India became among the first few to officially curtail travel to and from China. An upset China officially protested through diplomatic channels, even pressuring New Delhi to reverse its decision. India later faced similar pressure from Seoul when it placed travel restrictions.
A way forward will also have to come from the political space. If politics can divide, it can also bridge divisions. And the onus to do so falls on the government as Parliament takes up the issue after Holi. It’s important to realise that the consequences of inaction — or ‘mis-action’ — could be far worse.
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