India must invest more in land forces-victory is measured in terms of territory gained or lost


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It is not surprising, therefore, that India’s wars have all revolved over the possession of various tracts of land. These disputes over land with Pakistan and China are still unresolved and will remain the underlying factor for any future conflict. Possession or having physical presence, often referred to as ‘boots on the ground’, will always remain the first and possibly only feature of ownership. This attachment to land has become so deep–rooted that every inch of it is contested – whether the dispute is between farmers or nations. More than sixty per cent of domestic litigation revolves around land issues,...