Sagar M countered my arguments with perceptive insights. However I believe he is mistaken.
Rather than respond in comments , I am making a seperate post
I personally would not like to torment bulls or eat beef. But fact of the matter is lifestyle choices do count. I heard of pandits in Bengal exhorted youth to slaughter buffaloes in the 1900s because they had become too soft due to British "civilization" and felt that an individual who weeps at hurting animals wouldnt be have any fighting spirit.
In the aftermath of 26/11, Dhanushkodi Sivanandan, the Mumbai SP who finished off the Dawood gang lamented the fact that Indians don't have any killer instinct. Well how can you have a killer instinct if you hesitate to kill anything? Forget fighting wars and terrorism, even many sports commentators said the same about Indian athletes.
YSV:As my readers, I am not overly impressed with the Indian army and I think individual border states(apart from Gujarat and Kashmir) can deal with Pakistan. Well at one point Punjab couldve handled Pakistan single handedly, such was the terror of the Sikhs in the Pakistani mindset that they worked actively to sabotage them through Khalistan and through the drug problem and it has worked . Alas! But no matter, Haryana is there to pick up the slack.----------------------------
YSV: Israel which is even smaller than Kerala gave a trashing to multiple adversaries about a 100 times its size. When will we ever learn that numbers really dont mean anything unless backed up by morale, cohesion, training, technology, weapons and coordination.
Arabs had the numbers and incredible "josh" in 1948,1967 and 1973 but none of the other qualities. Israel was so strained for man power than it had to start the war because keeping average Israelis with jobs in the reserves was hurting its economy. But it prevailed because it had all of the above. The Israeli leaders rightly saw excessive ideological bickering among the left and right were harmful and banned most Jewish militias on the eve of independence and integrated them into the Israeli army. They developed the concept of yishuv, which is hard to translate but it is a combination of military, social and ideological cohesion which is future and goal oriented which makes a powerful weapon. You may say the British conquered India despite their disadvantages due to their "yishuv"
Muslims beat us not because of numbers or even bravery (Hindus especially in Rajasthan and south India had hero stones and concept of heaven similar to Islam where apsaras would recieve fallen heros) due to better military organization,horses, armour and weaponry.
The Indian army today is beset with corruption with shoddy equipment, incompetent generals, poor command structure, excessive interference in politicians in the military , using jawans as servant and commandos as personal security. The morale is just terrible.
Fortunately for India, Pakistan is no great shape militarily either. Though its special forces are superior to ours mostly due to Americans training them extensively.
3) In the age of satellites, drones , high speed communications, rapid response force and thermal imaging, remote sensors, what need is there for more than necessary human presence on the border?
As usual Indians want to fight wars which are no longer being fought. Rajputs didnt want to join the English EIC not due to patriotism because they though military formation and holding a gun was low and vulgar, not fit for nobility like themselves. They were attached to their horse and sword. 18th century India was awash in horses , a far cry from 700 years ago when Muslims noted the lack of cavalry culture. Alas the European mode of warfare had made those obsolete but hey we finally had horsed and armour!!
Why are we talking about previous wars when the landscape has changed so much. Let us leave these bad habits of medieval era Indians.
YSV:A European style federation with mandatory conscription for a limited time, strong para military and police forces and repeal of the Arms Act is the most elegant solution to having secure borders(the only rationale for India existing) and more importantly protecting Dharmic culture.----------------------