- Jul 12, 2014
How can what's happening now be called policy paralysis?I think the issue is simple. Modi govt is following a bullet list of long impending decisions and reforms. 370, Ram Mandir etc are very good things that have been done, but the crucial bit is that they were long impending, which means no those were challenges of the past. Meanwhile, the security risks we are facing are challenges of the present.
The bullet list didn't account for present realities to this extent. Their playbook from UCC to Atmanirbharata has been policies and agendas set atleast 4 decades ago, and back then this present situation wasn't envisioned in their policies. So that's why national security gives the Modi govt such a headache.
Just so we're clear, the position of BJP wrt China set in past has been of cooperation and friendly relations to bring an Asian age. There's no policy set for seriious confrontation. That's why you see the policy paralysis of today.
With Pakistan, it includes claims and proclamations of PoK is ours, but not military action.
That is my reading of it.
- Production linked incentives for electronics manufacturing
- Banning of apps
- Cancelling of tenders to chinese companies
- Going after chinese hawala network
- Continuing of the infra construction on LAC, inspite of military escalation by PLA because of the infra.
This is opposite of policy paralysis, this is shifting gears in policy. Govt strategic policy should not be looked at only in military terms.