Wa hay. First war of the new decade? Probably not, but some of India’s wargaming vis a vis China has leaked and is being reported with characteristic Anglo-Indian linguistic verve.
Mini giant war: The India Daily said the Indian military had been “training for a mini giant war” against the two nuclear powered nations at the same time.
It said China had “used Pakistan for a long time to keep India busy”, adding that the time had come for New Delhi to recognise the massive simultaneous threat from both the countries.
The paper quoted Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor as emphasising that India was ready for “the successful firming-up of the cold start strategy (to be able to go to war promptly) in the multiple fronts against multiple militias at the same time”.
“The plan is a full thrust assault into multiple anomies at the same time with massive Air Force superiority,” the India Daily said. The paper said if attacked by Pakistan and China at the same time, India would launch self-contained and highly-mobile “battle groups’’ within 96 hours, adding that New Delhi planned to end the war decisively within the first 96 hours “forcing the other sides into a fast submission of ceasefire”.
The paper said any real war would be between India and China, while Pakistan would be used by China to create adequate disturbance for the Indian military.
I suppose anomies is meant to be anomalies, but that still makes no sense*. However, like a lot of South Asian military coverage, it sounds most terribly thrilling. I trust the plan contains contingencies to traverse the mobile battle group over the Himalayas via balloon, thence to make landfall on the Tibetan high plateau for a vigorous thrust towards Lhasa. And elephants. There should be elephants somewhere. More realistically, the Sino-Indian great game seems to be firming up into a nasty little proxy war in Nepal.
*No, hang on: it's enemies. That's more like it.