Maj Gen Mehta is the brother of Vinod Mehta, the editorial chairman of the Outlook Group. Vinod is a ardent supporter of the Congress Party, though he camouflages it well. His brother is no better. To suit his loyalties to the UPA, he claims that it will be no different from what previous governments have done. Indeed, cross border firing will continue to happen. However, unlike the supine, impotent, no action persuasion of the UPA Govt, as has been displayed by this Govt, the retaliation will not be supine appeasement, but returned with full measure, if not more. It not only would give the right message to the Pakistanis, but also give the Army and the Nation the confidence they had lost during the supine and moribund Govt of the UPA. Further, unlike the UPA Govt who got kicked and India mauled and then went cringing to the dialogue table, this Govt has shown a new streak of manliness by refusing talks till the border was calm. That is diplomacy given the teeth by an unfettered Army and the BSF. If the Pakistani Border Action Teams (BAT) does nefarious things on the LC, what prevent India from doing so. Or is the Maj Gen stating that we are Gandhi bhakts? True, the Indian Army has been ingrained in a defensive mindset through years of pacifism being the national mantra\, but for once, we are learning not to lie down and 'enjoy it'. Thing will change and things are changing. If the ground reality is that even with 404 seats, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had to seek a meeting with President Gen Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s to defuse the India-initiated â€œOperation Brass Tacks.â€ then it was the pacifist mindset that Nehru imposed on India that goaded him to do so. And if India does not possess decisive conventional military superiority to calibrate its military response to ceasefire violations in a manner that will impose unaffordable costs, it can still do enough damage to ensure the upper hand. War is not the only way to do so. If Pakistan has been restrained by the U.S. from unleashing its Punjabi Taliban like the Lashkar-e-Taiba to stage cross-border, Mumbai-like or smaller scale attacks in India, then it is no credit to Pakistan, but the fact that India has arrived and cannot be taken lightly. This the Maj Gen conveniently forgets. India is no longer the pushover that India was under the meek leadership of MM Singh and the dictates of his superior Queen Bee. If the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year end will give the Pakistan-aided Afghan Taliban and the Haqqanis a leg up. This will also be seen as an opportunity for the third major strike in India sometime in 2015 then the Maj Gen's contention that Pakistan has been restrained by the U.S. from unleashing its Punjabi Taliban like the Lashkar-e-Taiba to stage cross-border, Mumbai-like or smaller scale attacks in India is bogus and contrived. If the Modi governmentâ€™s ability to deal with Pakistan and China will be no different from what previous governments have done, apart from maybe some cosmetic changes and the military balance with Pakistan not permitting the exercising of the kind of plausible and deniable punitive action that amounts to a deterrent and a befitting response because we have not developed the skills, wherewithal and political will for it, then if the firing halted and refusal to talk at the highest level or for a flag meeting, does it mean that there was no political will to giving a befitting reply? In so far as punitive damage, does it mean war alone? Why is Doval in the PMO? The Maj Gen should have been invited to his lecture at the Sastra University. Sorry Maj Gen, you and your brother's disappointment that Modi is way way better than the Sonia Gandhi brood's sycophant class response, is understandable. It is time for you and your brother to read the tea leaves, if not the Tarot Cards. You are looking at a confident and emphatic India.