Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left at least three lessons for the Opposition leaders, who have been campaigning against him after the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29.
The Opposition has been attacking the PM and other BJP leaders including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for “chest thumping” over the operation conducted by the Indian Army. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi recently went several steps up, accusing the PM of doing ‘dalali’ over the blood of Indian soldiers for electoral gains.
PM Modi’s didn’t respond to the allegations of the Opposition, even when many expected him to do so during the Dussehra rally in Lucknow. But he did it today, albeit indirectly. And symbolically, there couldn’t have a better occasion for the PM to leave some lessons for the Opposition than in Bhopal. PM Modi was in the city to inaugurate the newly built war memorial – Shaurya Smarak – and address a meeting of ex-servicemen.
Here are the lessons he left for the Opposition:
1. Action speaks louder than words
PM Modi recalled how he was under attack from the Opposition leader after the terrorist attack in Uri, Kashmir. Though he didn’t mention the terrorist attack, he said how he was being accused of “sleeping” and doing nothing. But praising the valour of Indian soldiers, he said the way the former doesn’t speak but show their bravery when the occasion demands, India’s defence minister also doesn’t speak.
In a way, he left the Opposition to consider that action speaks louder than words. With his government’s steps against terrorism and Pakistan, he has tried to prove that he doesn’t believe much in the business of words, but in action.
2. Soldiers ensure peace in the country when 125 crore Indians rally behind them
The Opposition leaders have been accused of demoralising the Indian Army by raising doubts over the authenticity of the surgical strikes. PM Modi took the opportunity to leave another lesson for the Opposition, without even taking a dig at the latter. He said the soldiers derive their courage and power not from their weapons but from the 125 crore people of the country rallying behind them. In a way, he appealed to the opposition to dump politics and support the brave soldiers without any duplicity.
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3. This is my country, my soldiers
During his speech at the event, PM Modi referred to the Indian soldiers as ‘my soldiers’ and the country as ‘my country’ several times. In a way, he left a message to the Opposition leaders, who have been featuring in Pakistani media for their comments against surgical strikes, to consider the Army and the country as their own, and not just the politics.