India Kashmir Politics War

5th Generation Warfare: War of Narratives and the Kashmir Issue

Today, the analysts have agreed that the current era is the era of fifth-generation warfare. It is the most complex of all warfare generations as there is so much ambiguity in defining it due to its vast domain. Marine Lt Col Stanton Coerr described it as a generation of warfare “espoused by [the likes of] al Qaeda… with aspirations of setting up alternative political systems… they’re opportunists, intent only on destruction. But even pointless violence can have a perverse logic, for the sudden, irrational destruction undermines the idea that nations… are viable in the modern world.” This can be achieved by creating frustration among the masses or creating a conflict in ideologies and identities.