New Delhi: With no let-up in the tension following China's border incursion into Leh, senior government officials have now told CNN-IBN that the entire situation could have been handled better. CNN-IBN's Strategic Affairs Editor Surya Gangadharan takes a look at what steps could have been taken:
The Chinese camp should have been surrounded and the supply line behind them should have been cut off. This would have prevented them being reinforced by more troops.
The Indian Army should then have moved into one or two areas on the Chinese side of the LAC and camped there. India would then have wrested the initiative from the Chinese, gained physical dominance and would have held the psychological edge.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the situation can be handled. "We do have a plan. We do not want to accentuate the situation. We do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem. It is a localised problem. I think the talks are going on," he said when asked if the Government had any plans to resolve the issue," Manmohan Singh said.