Apparently, China has surprised the world with its 'highly calculated move' in Ladakh, but defence observers had in fact been keeping a mysterious silence over what India had been doing for the last many months in Ladakh region. Long before infringing onto Indian Occupied Kashmir's (IOK) autonomous status, last year on August 5, India had done much of its homework on ground. Perhaps nobody was watching, but China did!
Now we understand that the abrogation of IOJ and K's special status, clamping down on an indefinite curfew and lockdowns in Kashmir, unabated killings of Kashmiris, introducing new domicile law to turn majority into minority, buying lands in IOK for changing its demography, persecution of Muslims as a result of sinister CAA and NRC, blaming Tablighi Jamaat for spreading coronavirus, and continued unprovoked shelling on Pakistani side of Azad Kashmir all was done under a design a design that was to be implemented via Ladakh. Nobody noticed, only China did!
From the Indian prime minister to home minister to national security advisor, from the army chief to CDS to commander 15 corps all sang in chorus hurling of threats 'ghuss k maren gay' and 'punitive surgical strikes inside Pakistan'. They did try, yes, in February 2019, but we did certainly surprise them, and the world, as PAF turned the tables on the enemy. Then India unleashed its media, which kept raising hullabaloo - but very few knew that at the same time, the Indian army was carrying out its most secretive move of building roads and airstrips along the Line of Actual Control, aimed at targeting China's Belt and Road Initiative and Pakistan's CPEC fortune. They thought only their collaborators knew, but neither the Chinese are naive, nor are General Bajwa and his commanders.
Security experts do not believe that Modi and company can take sinister actions without the backing and assurance of those who have frequently been facing embarrassments at the hands of China, but the miscalculation on part of New Delhi was unbelievable, however, for even its collaborators. Others can forget for example but not China that Gen Deepak Kapoor, the ex-army chief of India, on December 29, 2010 had stated that the Indian army was revising its five-year-old doctrine and preparing for a 'possible two-frontal war with China and Pakistan.' China didn't forget Indian defence minister George Fernandes' statement made in May 1998, after India made five nuclear tests, saying: 'China is India's...