Prime Minister Narendra Modi, spoke in Lucknow on Dusshera and expressed his views about the inevitability of a war in certain circumstances.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, spoke in Lucknow on Dusshera and expressed his views about the inevitability of a war in certain circumstances. This was the first public speech after the Indian army carried out surgical strikes across the LoC, eliminating a “significant” number of terrorists. While, the strikes have been questioned repeatedly by teh Opposition ever since Lt Gen Ranbir Singh addressed the media – albeit, a telephonic conference with SP of Mirpur, PoK, has revealed its authenticity. India has been at loggerheads with neighbour Pakistan, since the Uri attack, attempting to isolate it on a global level.
While Narendra Modi lauded the army and told the nation to stand in unity against terrorism, he maintained the habit of staying away from the actual controversies. Modi avoided talking about the controversies surrounding his party using his name to take credits for the Surgical strikes conducted by India. Narendra Modi’s focus remained on the issue of terrorism throughout the course of the speech. He said that nobody is free from the clutches of terrorism and all must stand united in the fight against it. Though he did not mention any names, it was quite evident that he was referring to China, for its support of Pakistan. Modi has had a long history of not using names while referring to counties. For instance, he did not say Pakistan when he talked about the one nation nurturing terrorism in South Asia. Although, his ministers and party members, including the alliances of BJP have been quite vocal about mentioning names.
Modi continued avoiding controversies when Pakistan began making statements of atrocities in Kashmir. While Pakistan is no symbol of truth, it has to be understood that nearly 100 civilians have been killed in Kashmir, many injured. Indian securitymen have been killed or maimed too. Centre has not been able to stop these cross-border attacks. However, instead of talking on that, the Prime Minister spoke about Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan and threatened to expose them. The question that needs to be asked here is, are we seriously considering Pakistan to be a benchmark?
He linked terrorism to Ravan and other evils in the society. Modi is the first Prime Minister to have celebrated Dussehra outside Delhi. Now, it can be a complete coincidence that he chose Uttar Pradesh for his rousing speech on the evils of the society and terrorism; a state that saw election posters of him and the BJP along with the Indian Army in the same picture. Or it may not be a co-incidence and a carefully stitched strategy to win in UP. The time is ripe with the Yadav family busy infighting. BJP already has an advantage owing to the surgical strikes under the ‘leadership’ of PM Modi. And BJP workers have not been shy publicly displaying their pride in the accomplishments of the army.
PM Modi talked about the inevitability of a war; a war with terrorism perhaps; which is a brave and a necessary thing to do. So is creating pressure on Pakistan, and forcing a global isolation on it. The public announcement of surgical strikes might also be considered a brave act. But by making a covert operation public, the government has also made a statement. A statement, catering to the rage fuelled crowd in India that sought vengeance for the terror attack in Uri. A crowd, that was extremely vocal about PM Modi’s statements before the 2014 general elections and his inability of live up to them. And through the public announcement of the strikes, and the BJP turning Modi into a Sunny Deol from ‘Border’; fodder was fed to a very hungry public.
PM Modi might never have taken credit for the surgical strikes, but he has remained silent over the statements of his party members. He might not be calling out names, but the BJP is.
Or, are we to believe that the Prime Minister and the political party he won the election with, work differently based on the difference of opinions?