India's two fronts.
Byline: A. Mahmud - Islamabad
THIS is apropos the article 'India's two fronts' (July 21). It is the main strategy of Indian army chief's and the ministry of external affairs to keep on harping on the tune of a 'two-front war'.
Judging by the mindset and working of India's external ministry, the world is used to Indian duplicity and hypocrisy.
The two-front theory is basically designed to get as much military and financial support for a fast sagging Indian economy as American naivety would allow. As for Pakistan, successive Indian army chiefs have been quite frank about declaring that the focus of their rank about war preparations is Pakistan.
Indirectly, Indian army chiefs admit that taking on China is out of the question. In case of a flare-up between China and India, one may easily conclude that Americans will support India only by staying in the background, because of its own economic constraints, plus a backlog of mindless, unsuccessful military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There seem to be remote chances that India will commit the folly of starting any conflict even with Pakistan much less China.