With India conducting surgical strikes across the Line Of Control, reactions and a lot many questions have started to emerge ever since. While somebody seeks a proof for it, others are busy thumping their chest over it. Former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in an interview with The Indian Express talks abut the strikes carried out in the UPA regimes, its disclosure and the current scenario between India and Paksitan.
On being asked as to how does he view surgical strikes, former External Affairs Minister Khurshid said, that while these strikes are a matter of national esteem, they will not eliminate the root cause of terrorism. He adds that this is not time to ask questions, it’s time to send out a message.
“Our self-esteem has certainly got a boost, but our problem is still there.”
Further, Khurshid is asked that even though he wants the questions to subside at the moment, why are members from his party the one questioning the authenticity of these strikes. To which, the former External Affairs minister says, “nobody is questioning the strikes. There are people in our party who have active minds, and they are saying we need to know more.”
If the purpose of the strikes is told, there will be no room left for questions, adds Khurshid.
“We have to work out the purpose for ourselves. Tit for tat? But is tit for tat enough? When Israel attacks some place, say nuclear facilities in Iran, they do it with a definite objective, that we will delay the nuclear programme by four years etc. So is there a plan? Since the government has not spoken about any clear plan, there are some people who are asking questions”
Khurshid further says that conversation cannot be killed in the country. “If people are asking, either explain to them why it can’t be given and should not be given, or satisfy them in any other manner… you can’t kill conversation within the country,” says Khurshid to The Indian Express.
When asked as to what made Congress reveal the details of the strikes conducted during the UPA regime, Khurshid says that there has been some negativity in the “manner of display that we have done.” In a bid to set the record straight for UPA, we disclosed the details.
“We have done it… if we didn’t tom-tom it, it was our decision, and if they are tom-tomming it, then it is their decision.”
When told that it is the Opposition that is demanding an explanation and it was the one that kept the secret in the first place, Khurshid says, “Either don’t announce it, or if you want to announce it, then satisfy public curiosity.”
“The nature of politics has changed in India. It is less a sense of serving the cause…and more an assessment of what will it get me.”
On the issue of government’s response to questions regarding the strikes, like accusing Arvind Kejriwal for helping Pakistan, Khurshid retorts that it is ridiculous. “The moment you tell your own people that you are helping Pakistan, you are sending a clear message to Pakistan that we are a divided country. It is pathetic to accuse anyone of helping Pakistan. Nobody in this country would think of helping Pakistan, because there is nothing redeeming about Pakistan.”
When asked whether there is a possibility of any dialogue between the two countries, the former External Affairs minister says that the atmosphere now is too negative for it.
While the top rung in the BJP is silent about the strikes, there are posters seeking credit for it. To this Khurshid says that it is a democracy. Whether it is proper, good or bad, it is not for him to judge.
On being questioned as to what discourse would he suggest as a former External Affairs minister, Khurshid said–talks.
“We are here to support them. They never supported us. They always questioned our intentions and our ability.”