Ranjit B Rai
Briefly this post is an Analysis on ‘Strategic Thinking’ for India which is defined as a thinking process applied by an individual or group with the aim of achieving success in a game, business, endeavours, foreign policy or goals in war and peace. Strategy is steered like a ship’s course, and corrected along the way as currents and tides will cause drift, but the course is always clear to the ship’s Captain and the key crew members, to avoid collisions or grounding.
It was Rand Corporation’s George Tannan who said Indians do not have Strategic Thinking in their ways. It upset many as Khushwant Singh said Indians can criticize but do not like being criticized.
Late Gen K Sundarji in Singapore over noggins discussed this, and in the Chapter on Op Pawan written in Indians Why We Are What We Are, it was made clear that Rajiv Gandhi as Prime and Defence Minister ordered Indian Army at short notice in to Sri Lanka as a Tactical move. There was no joint military appreciation that Staff Colleges teach, or clear strategy in his mind. Distracting from the Bofors Scandal was on his and his clever Doon aides minds.