The brazen and cowardly Valentine’s Day suicide attack by the Pakistan-based, UN-designated terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad that killed 41 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in Kashmir has triggered bipartisan political unity in India’s darkest hour in decades.

As passions run high, what is needed is calm-headed leadership that is courageous yet cautiou­s, resolute but flexible. Retribution should be based on strategic astuteness to instil immed­iate, medium and long-term impact.

For starters, the CRPF needs an urgent makeover in advanced tactical and counter-insurgency training, resources and equipment, to iron out its vulnerability.

Please click here to read the full “Valentines Day bombing response needs to have long-lasting effect” article in The Australian, written by Griffith Asia Institute Adjunct Fellow, Dr Ashutosh Misra.