The Indian Army today carried out a major counter insurgency operation along the Indo-Myanmar border targeting the NSCN (Khaplang) cadres and according to an Army statement inflicting heavy casualties on them. But the Army has denied reports that its troops crossed the International Border during the operation. Two years ago the Army had targeted terror camps just across the border with Myanmar in a rare strike and today’s operation coincides with the first anniversary of the surgical strikes that targeted terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. That operation had of course made headlines for weeks and is even today held up by the govt and its supporters as an example of the Modi govt’s resolve to fight terrorism even beyond the country’s borders. While today’s operation deals a big blow to the Naga insurgents, the question is that is it a crystal clear display of intent and a strong message by the Indian Army and the govt that forces that are inimical to India and pose a threat to our national security interests will be dealt with firmly and unsparingly and that this fight will not be confined to India’s borders? Also does this signal that the Indian Army today has a freer hand than ever before in hitting back at the enemy at a time and place and in a manner of it’s choosing?