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It depends on the perspective from which you are looking. From a purely security perspective, the situation during the ’90s and the early 2000s was much worse. In 2001, there were more than 4,500 deaths in Kashmir. Security forces’ casualties alone were over 600.

Lieutenant General DS Hooda

Somehow the military is also getting dragged into this discourse — you are either pro-military or anti-military. This is not good for us. The Army has always quietly gone about its job in a very professional manner. We need to find a way around this jingoism.

Lieutenant General DS Hooda

I wish we could have prevented the Nagrota strike but some setbacks have to be accepted…and we learn our lessons. We have to move on, rather than let one incident set the discourse for overall national security

Lieutenant General DS Hooda

We launch hundreds of operations in J-K daily on the basis of intelligence inputs. In this case, we had no specific inputs.

Lieutenant General DS Hooda

If you go back to Jawaharlal Nehru's writings in the 1940s, he recognised that it (nuclear programme) may be used (as a weapon) and then India also must have it. But at the same time he was a man of peace he wanted international peace.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

Nehru wrote back to Bhabha that he should look after physics and leave the international relations to Nehru. We will think about these things when we reach that stage. So at one point of time it was Bhabha who was a peacenik, but as they saw the two major powers accumulating more and more weapons and developing newer weapons and China going nuclear, I presume that Bhabha got converted to the view that India should also go nuclear.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

Within two years even the Americans started being friendly to us. We realised the US was not hostile to us during the Kargil war, when Bill Clinton did not side with Pakistan, but sided with us.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

There was always a feeling among the major powers of the world, excepting China, that India was not an irresponsible power that it had already conducted a nuclear test in 1974 and had not rushed to build a nuclear arsenal.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

One of the best moments was on 16th December 1971, when we achieved success in Bangladesh and the other has to be split into two—18th May 1974 and 11th May 1998, when we conducted nuclear tests.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

Take the liberation of Bangladesh as a case study. Pakistan held free and fair election in December of 1970 under a mistaken assumption that nobody would win a clear majority and the army would still be able to manipulate the country. 

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

There is no sensitivity to intelligence in India. The top decision-makers do not get themselves briefed on the state of affairs. They only expect to get an update if something happens. This attitude still persists and this is a major weakness.

K. Subrahmanyam (Strategic Affairs Analyst - Journalist & Former Civil Servant)

My intention was to draw attention to this … and do the right thing

Chelsea Manning -Bradley Manning (Former United States Army Soldier)

I struggled with that, but the intention was very much like, ‘This is about improving the country. This is about improving our standing in the world, this is about improving everything.

Chelsea Manning -Bradley Manning (Former United States Army Soldier)

I was driven to stay in the military and to do my job, to do the best possible job I could. And then I found that everything was far more complicated and far messier than I ever imagined

Chelsea Manning -Bradley Manning (Former United States Army Soldier)

I was always willing to accept responsibility for those decisions … my intentions were pure and clean.

Chelsea Manning -Bradley Manning (Former United States Army Soldier)

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