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Saturday, 28 July 2012 - 12:57
India's mistake exposed
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The India-Sri Lanka Agreement 1987, also known as the Rajiv-Jayawardene Accord, completes 25 years on July 29t.

A veteran war analyst points out the two theatres, and the environment in India at the time of the two operations, were totally different.

In Bangladesh, it was conventional war against the well trained Pakistan army.

India went into it after much military planning and preparation.

In contrast, in Sri Lanka, the army got embroiled in counter-insurgency combat with Tamil insurgents, for which it was unprepared.

Force levels in Bangladesh were much higher. The air force and navy formed part of the overall offensive plan.

In Sri Lanka it was essentially a decentralised infantry operation against the LTTE.

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