A political slugfest about surgical strikes broke out after Lt Gen Hooda’s statements at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on November 7, 2018. Lt Gen Hooda was the Northern Army Commander who supervised the execution of the strikes at Uri in 2016. The General opined that the strike had been politicised, and that it would have been wiser if it was not hyped and had, instead, been carried out secretly. The Army Chief reacted to the statement and stated that it was General Hooda’s personal opinion.
The issue is one that needs examination in the politico-strategic context. Such an examination was done by Lt Gen Prakash Menon in his book, The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow. Here is an excerpt: