In last 60 hours India has lost the perception battle against Pakistan: Former Indian Army General
*NEW DELHI - Indian Army former General Panang has said, *I would say in the last 60 hours, we have lost the perception battle, hands down.
There is certainly an information warfare going on. And as things are, I think India has been losing the perception battle.
They have briefed the public via media in detail; they have laid out what they want. After the conflict that took place at around 10:20 am yesterday, he had tweeted by mid-day and at 1:30 pm there was a detailed press conference.
We were being informed about what had happened by the DGISPR in Pakistan rather than our own spokesperson.
I would say that in 1971, 48 years ago, public relations department of the Ministry of Defense was regularly briefing defense correspondents and some of them were attached to units at the front line.
It was much better managed. During the Kargil war, the armed forces had set up a formal information warfare cell headed by a Major. And he kept everybody informed, regular briefings were being held.
Here, we were happy to announce that the country must run and business as usual was declared. Once you have embarked on a strategy, you must have all other things in place.
I would say in the last 60 hours, we have lost the perception battle, hands down.