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India needs to invest in securing its Strategic Installations and make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to Attack: Sumit Ganguly

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New Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: Noted expert on Pakistan Sumit Ganguly on Thursday said India needs to invest in securing its strategic installations. He also said that India needs to make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to launch as attack.

Speaking on the probable Indian strategy to deal with Pakistan, Ganguly suggested strategy of deterrence by denial whereby making it exceedingly difficult for them to attack targets.

This is not a perfect strategy because no strategy of denial can be foolproof, he added.

He said this strategy has been attempted by India but in a half-hearted and idiosyncratic manner.

“It needs to be implemented in far more full-blown fashion and thereby make Pakistan realise the futility of this enterprise over the long-term,” Ganguly added.

He suggested ‘strategy of deterrence by punishment’ to India and said, “Any time Pakistan provokes, be prepared to exact a cost. To inflict pain on Pakistan as was done quiet recently and to remind Pakistan that behaviour of this sort is intolerable and that a cost will be inflicted…”

Ganguly cautioned that this strategy comes with limitations “as one does not know the exact threshold by which Pakistan will begin using the nuclear blackmail”.

Sumit Ganguly, Professor at Indiana University, USA, has recently published a book titled “Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century”.

He was delivering a public lecture on ‘Terminating the Interminable: Ending the India-Pakistan Rivalry?’ organised by Nehru Memorial Library and Museum.

Rejecting the cultural diplomacy and people to people contact as a way to deal with Pakistan, he said: “There are limits to cultural exchanges and the flow of people and ideas that the military is likely to permit.”

“So, I doubt that this soft power and deployment of cultural resources somehow melt the extraordinary grasp that the military still has over the state,” he added.

–IANS

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The e-tailer has also stationed 13 regional teams across the country to help onboard sellers in person, by meeting with them at their premises.

These changes to the onboarding process will make it easier for small sellers, who may not have prior digital expertise, to list their products on the platform and access Flipkart’s pan-India base of over 150 million customers.

“By revamping our onboarding process and simplifying the number of steps, we are making it easier for any seller, no matter the size, to list on our platform and get started from day one,” said Nishant Gupta, Head of Flipkart’s Marketplace business.

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Currently, e-commerce accounts for less than three per cent of India’s overall retail industry. Government estimates suggest there are roughly 60 million MSMEs in India, many of whom are restricted to their local markets due to difficulties in accessing resources.

Flipkart has also added regional teams in various Tier II and beyond cities to help sellers sign onto the platform.

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These regional teams, based in cities such as Lucknow, Coimbatore and Jaipur, cater to sellers in over 4,30 pin codes.

“As a home-grown company, we know that the future of e-commerce lies in bringing more MSMEs and smaller businesses online which, in turn, will generate employment and investment, and will meaningfully contribute toward the country’s socio-economic development,” added Gupta. (IANS)