The government has so far managed to lead - rather than follow - domestic opinion on this issue.
The unpleasant reality is that failures of intelligence and response may be unavoidable.
This diplomatic high-horse was inevitably difficult to ride. Even a cursory analysis of India-Pakistan relations in the past few years would have pointed this out. But the Modi government stuck to the my-way-or-the-highway line. The diminishing returns of painting ourselves into a corner were evident by the beginning of this year. Foreign Secretary Jaishankar's visit ...
Ahead of the fortieth anniversary of the Emergency, there has been a predictable rash of commentary on that dark interlude in India's democratic experience.
In his latest Mann ki Baat radio broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his government's commitment to implementing the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme for the armed forces. Noting that this was a "complex issue, vexed issue", he asked ex-servicemen and soldiers to give him more time to address the matter.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his visit to China, it is tempting to draw up a scorecard of his achievements or lack of thereof.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case that is likely to have serious implications for the cohesion and ethos of the Indian army.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the political capital needed to push for a settlement of the boundary dispute with China. This could open up avenues to strengthen economic ties with China and also give India political space on multilateral stages like the World Trade Organization and the climate change negotiations.