What’s come over M K Narayanan?

There was no fig leaf about “rogue elements” or suchlike. The national security advisor’s words appear as if the gloves are off.

”We have no doubt that the ISI is behind this. We are in the favor of the peace process, but the ISI is not in any way part of it. The ISI is playing evil. The ISI needs to be destroyed,” said M K Narayanan. [NDTV]

In a comment that perhaps reflected the sentiments in the government, Narayanan was also quoted as saying that such acts of terror need retaliation. “I think we need to pay back in the same coin. We are quite clear in our mind,” he said.

Indicating that the joint anti-terror mechanism with Pakistan had run its course, Narayanan was quoted as saying: “The anti-terror mechanism was one piece of this picture. The hope was that in course of time both sides would share whatever information they have and come up with a holistic idea of what was going on.

“Talk-talk is better than fight-fight. But it hasn’t worked so far. In some way, we haven’t arrived at the decision that we should go for fight-fight so let talk-talk continue for the moment.” [TOI]

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10 Responses to Shock

  1. Yossarin 13th July 2008 at 22:13 #

    impending elections

    remember wag the dog and bill clinton’s missile strike

  2. sud 13th July 2008 at 22:26 #

    The current dispensation’s record in the security sphere is abysmal. Of the numerous bomb blasts in India, few if any have reached investigative closure. And having lowlives like Afzal guru continue to consumer oxygen is inexcusable on multiple levels.

    Still, I hope (against hope) that perhaps something has changed in Delhi (some last straw finally fell on the camel’s back analogy). Maybe the babu class has finally seen the need to act in the nation’s defence despite the neta class, who knows?

  3. Chandra 14th July 2008 at 00:49 #

    Yossarin, I don’t think so. There is also talk of retaliation for Kabul Bombing. I think it’s an institutional change. Killing civilians is one thing. Killing intel operatives in broad day light is another. I don’t know what they can do other than taking down a few operatives in Afghan. Destroying ISI would be fine goal. May be we should talk to the Israelis for some actionable input.

  4. primary red 14th July 2008 at 04:55 #

    This is likely linked to the changing focus in US’ war on terror

    In the aftermath of recent US success in Iraq (where a military surge has suppressed violence materially), it’s now reasonably clear that we are to see a similar surge in the Afghanistan theatre == and quite soon

    The NSA likely seeks to leverage this American surge as a defanging device aimed at the ISI

    It could get quite hot in our neighborhood — if so, let’s hope this is the endgame we’ve all been waiting for

  5. Nitin 14th July 2008 at 06:57 #


    Yes, I get that impression too.

  6. libertarian 14th July 2008 at 13:41 #

    Primary Red: good to hear from you.
    In the aftermath of recent US success in Iraq (where a military surge has suppressed violence materially), it’s now reasonably clear that we are to see a similar surge in the Afghanistan theatre == and quite soon

    This will require a pincer effort though. There’s no way this operation succeeds without Western boots on the ground East of the Durand Line. Some combination of Musharraf and Kayani will be needed to facilitate that. Which means Zardari and Sharif are toast.

    Wonder what China’s going to when the fireworks begin.

  7. Mihir 15th July 2008 at 19:30 #

    The general opinion on Bharat Rakshak, at least, is that this was a targetted hit. This is best summed up by “Lalmohan”, who says: “the Defense Attache and the Press Secretary – this is not random, this is not Unwashed Abdul Ops, this is a planned ISI operation with a specific aim related to something specific going on.”

    I tend to agree with that view. It is very likely that we lost two very important intelligence assets in that attack. That is why the NSA is pi$$ed. I don’t think impending elections are the reason.

  8. Nitin 15th July 2008 at 19:35 #


    Plausible. But if so, Mr Narayanan’s remarks appear poorly judged. You do, you don’t say.

  9. Mihir 15th July 2008 at 21:19 #

    That’s true too…

  10. libertarian 16th July 2008 at 02:12 #

    Drums of war starting on the Durand Line. Hope this does not get really ugly for us.

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