Addressing a two-day Joint Amphibious Warfare symposium in Pune Chief of Army Staff, General Deepak Kapoor, warned that a war in the subcontinent would create tension and disturb peace in South Asia. General Kapoor said that the Indian army was in a state of "full preparedness" to face any situation. That is why, all the countries in the world are trying to defuse this alarming situation and making efforts to avoid a war in the region. It is a fact that the army chief could not have made such a statement without a nod from the Indian government. In his address in Pune, General Kappoor underplayed his earlier threat, putting the onus on the world community, to pressure Pakistan to do what Indian wants it to do. From cursing and blaming Pakistan for the November 26 Mumbai Mayhem and threatening it with imminent war, the Indian stance has changed to pressure persuasion, with continued defamation. Several prominent Indian defence analysts attending the symposium said that India had almost declared war on Pakistan in the aftermath of the deadly Mumbai terror attacks. They described Pakistan as a failed regime. Their reasoning that military confrontation was not the best option, has logic and wisdom, but calling Pakistan a "failed state" repeatedly is more for the international gallery. Despite being called "Terrorist Central", by the ex-President George W Bush and other US officials, the new regime including President Barack H Obama have a soft corner for Pakistan and are likely to make a determined efforts to help pull Islamabad out of its present difficulties. While resorting to surge in Afghanistan, huge funds are likely to be allotted for the uplift of the tribal belt in order to mitigate the suffering of the long neglected Pushtuns. It is about time that the Indian rulers and political thinkers look at Pakistan's efforts to control violence and fight terrorism with wisdom and understanding of its limitations. Threats and bad mouthing Pakistan will achieve nothing. Rear Admiral (retd) Raja Mohan Menon, a foremost Indian political analyst speaking on the 'Geo-strategic importance and current international involvement in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)' reasoned: "The loss of lives in the terror attacks is not as painful to enter into a conflict with non-integrated groups comprising mismanaged states." Referring to the 1971 war with Pakistan he said: "It would be the same scenario in the IOR in the years to come and India would be dragged into similar conflicts to protect its vital national, economic and strategic interest." Calling Pakistan a mismanaged state is not entirely true. After the assassination of a charismatic leader, Benazir Bhutto, the general election was successfully held and the sympathy vote brought an elected government led by PPP into power. The country has returned to democratic polity and is dealing with terrorism with a sense of urgency. Moreover, it is also attending to other lingering problems viz power outages, recession, inflation, corruption and good governance, to its best ability. The lawyers' issue and wavering support of PML(N) - the largest coalition partner - are matters of concern and need to be resolved. Admiral Raja Menon calls Pakistan a mismanaged state because he looks at it with coloured glasses. He needs to be rational in his analysis and conclusions. Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal, director of Centre for Land Air Warfare Studies, said that China's policy is to confine India to the backwater of the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea, as it no more considers the Indian Ocean Region as Indian domain. With this perception, China could choke commerce through IOR. To say the least this is a hasty conclusion, and is in line with Indian thinking that People Republic of China is a dangerous enemy. He said: "With the Chinese encirclement strategy, commerce through the Indian Ocean Region could be easily choked by way of disruptions of trade routes through sea. Defence of far-flung island territories and delineation of maritime boundaries are some of the maritime challenges for India." India is busy developing a blue water navy, with two aircraft carriers, 20 submarines, 25 warships and hundreds of missile boats to defeat the Chinese Navy. But infact Indian naval build-up is to threaten and block and choke Pakistani sea and encircle Pakistan. India has become a big threat to Pakistan's security and survival. The Pakistani nation, the government, the politicians and the ulema should take cognisance, shed their differences and unite to face the common foe. The writer is a retired air marshal