Indian COAS General V. K. Singhs perception that India faces two irritants, one from Pakistan and another China, hides the real danger posed to his country by the on-going open revolts in Held Kashmir and the North East - the two troubled regions that he mentions in passing. He was addressing a seminar on the subject of Indian Army: Emergency Roles and Tasks at New Delhi on Friday. Pakistan, the General should know, has not only recognised peaceful credentials, but is also currently engaged in the war on terror foisted on it by the US. And no military strategist worth his name could think of suggesting that it could entertain any intention of attacking another country in a scenario where its fighting resources are heavily committed elsewhere. Besides, Pakistan is busy sorting out certain internal political issues and that obviously is hardly the time for any country to think of engaging in military adventures. The Indian COAS is again imagining things when he says that Pakistan is supporting terrorist outfits; the truth, however, is that it is fighting them. India, on the other hand, is indulging in state terrorism by using brutal means to suppress the Kashmiri resistance against its illegal occupation of the state. Both 'state terrorism and the 'indigenous and peaceful nature of the resistance are realities that independent foreign observers have brought to world attention. They have even documented the acts of terror - rape of women, disappearance of the youth and their torture and the trigger-happy Indian security forces whom a draconian law absolves from any crime they commit. But the vibrant freedom struggle, unbowed by death and destruction, should be an eye-opener for New Delhi of what lies ahead for it, unless it listens to saner counsels that point to a way-out through the relevant UN resolutions. It would add to Indias stature as a democratic country, and strengthen its demand for a permanent seat in the Security Council, if it were to let a free and fair plebiscite be held under UN sponsorship as envisaged in the resolutions. As for the threat that General Singh sees coming from China, one could only say that he deliberately ignores the history of its peaceful rise to world power status. If the Indian leadership still continues to have sleepless nights, the answer lies in settling the border dispute with Beijing rather than urging its forces to ensure 'substantial conventional war preparedness to fight in a nuclear scenario. He should, at the same time, keep in mind that with Indias hegemonic ambitions and penchant for picking up disputes, in evidence right from its inception, no country could lower its guard. He would find more than a matching response in case it undertakes an aggressive adventure against either Pakistan or China.