It’s almost two years we haven’t come out of the surgical strike syndrome still. Constant hype around such military operations is to some extent and after some time is unwarranted. The operation was carried out by the army across the Line of Control and for the first time was made public, no doubt it was natural to have initial euphoria but constantly leaning over it especially by political segments waters down the success and raises many unwanted questions. Like we have seen where political outfits and some of the TV channels claiming for the authenticity and effectiveness at the ground level and to some extent army, became a tool of debate. The topic once again came into debate at the Military Literature Festival being held in Chandigarh. This is the second edition of the festival being organised to raise awareness among people about the legacy of the armed forces and rekindle among youth the motivating spirit to join the Indian Army. The surgical strikes were carried out on September 29, 2016 across the LoC as a response to a terrorist attack in Uri earlier that month. The army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross into Indian territory. Many war veterans cautioned against “politicisation” of the military operations. It looks military operations should have some check before making them public. The aim of any such offensive had to be not only tactical but strategic too, which substantially hampers enemy morale. Before any such operation it was the Israeli air strike against Iraqi nuclear sites in 1981 which to a large extent was made public after a long time. Israeli operations always remained under cover.
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