All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Said SunTzu the Chinese master of warfare.
Unfortunately, we have not produced any military thinker unlike the Chinese, British and Germans. However, we can boast of number of legendary warriors who laid down their lives fighting the enemy. But as Fd Marshal Patton said ; NO BASTARD HAS EVER WON A WAR BY LAYING DOWN HIS LIFE YOU GOT TO KILL THE OTHER BASTARD.
It is for this reason that Sun Tzu said ; The art of war is of vital importance to the State, because It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
Unfortunately, The art of warfare is an alien subject to most of the Indian Policy makers. Nehruji after the ignominious defeat said on the floor of House that ; WE WERE LIVING IN OUR OWN MAKE BELIEVE WORLD.
I know the present Govt is not living in a Make Believe World , But then Democratic nuances have their own problems which can compel the Govt to make mistakes.
Sun Tzu said It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on. He further says ;
The art of war, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field ;
These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven (3) Earth (4) The Commander (5) Method and discipline.
The MORAL LAW causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.
The HEAVEN signifies Times ; night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons.
The EARTH means distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.
The COMMANDER stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness.
By METHOD AND DISCIPLINE are to be understood the Tactics, strategy, organisation structure of army, equipment, budgeting etc.
These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail.
Few more quotes of Sun Tzu on the art of warfare ;
1. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
2. If enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.
3. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
4. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
5. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.
6. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
7. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
Dokhlam crisis is not going to be over any time soon, even if Chinese do nothing for the time being, because right now Indians are in an advantageous position. But at some point of time they will strike Because Indians here have challenged its hegemony.
It is therefore all the more necessary for Indians to be Ready and deny enemy any opportunity to strike.
When the enemy is desperately looking for suitable opportunity and is not getting it, irritate him and test his patience so that he makes a wrong move.
Use social media to tell him ; WE KNOW WHAT HE IS UPTO, That will further frustrate him.