The broader message that Doval was sending out is that appeasement will not work and if these people in the Valley do manage to sustain beyond a point then there would be a price to pay.
Six years later, this is the exact same strategy that is being followed by the government of India. Questions have been raised as to why such a hardline stance is being taken where the Kashmir issue is concerned. However, what the Modi government is following is the Doval doctrine of 2010.
The policy of appeasement does not work
Back in 2010, when incidents of stone pelting had gone beyond control, Doval had said that the biggest problem was the policy of appeasement that was being followed since 1947. He felt that the focus should have been to vacate the Pakistan forces out instead of going to the United Nations.
Further by accepting Article 370 in the state, it only made the people of Jammu and Kashmir look different and this led to separatism. He also felt that such policies only gave Pakistan the upper hand in setting the agenda. Pakistan decided when to engage India in war or peace, he also had said.
Doval had said in 2010 and says it even in 2016 that the protests are not due to an uprising by civil society.
Instead it is a manufactured and orchestrated move by Pakistan to keep the Valley on the boil. He even spoke about the clarion calls for protests and stone pelting that would be issued from the mosques. He even justified the use of force while ascertaining that in most cases the protestors had a murderous approach.
Doval, however, emphasised that use of force against innocents was wrong.
The NSA had also emphasised on the need to give Pakistan a decisive blow. Pakistan must realise and understand that it cannot take on India. Pakistan has this belief that it can take on India and only through a decisive blow will they understand that they thinking is wrong, Doval said.
He also said that with such action, the separatists too would realise who the real power is.