With the approaching US military endgame 2014 in afghanistan india's western flank is looking an embodiment of hopelessness. The execution of Jamaat-e-islami and the chaos that has ensued thereafter in Bangladesh doesn't draw a rosy picture on the eastern flank either. Although the chienese have been sobered down a bit by increase in USA balancing thrust in east asia but still India would better be on its toes on eastern border. The elections in Maldives and attiftude of Sri lanka have not been pro-India at all.
All this calls for a massive foreign policy rejig and a preemptive approach to impending security threats which are more than a fanciful apprehension. The fact that india has one of the most uncertain general elections to date in 2014 only makes matters grim. The alleged statement by war monger prime minister of pakistan Nawaz Sharif would surely have raised eyebrows in defense ministry reflecting on the historical record of pakistan when their " confidence builing measures" are always followed by "kargils".
In this pessimistic scenario the expected "Hindu" card of BJP would make matters worse for internal and external security scenario in India . They have already started the process of polarisation by unnecessarily shaking up the hornet's nest in kashmir on the issue of article 370. Looks like a highly polarised general elections of 2014 combined with a grim situation on all borders and elections in bangladesh pose a real security challenge that our policy makers will have to take head on while there is still time.