When it comes to Indian Prime Ministers there has always been comparisons especially on how they deal with the strategic ties with Pakistan.
When it comes to Indian Prime Ministers there has always been comparisons especially on how they deal with the strategic ties with Pakistan. While Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government and Manmohan Singh-led UPA government had ‘strategic restraint’ with Pakistan, they did not stop when it came to answering our neighbours in case of violations. Current PM Narendra Modi also seems to follow that path. On September 29, in a joint press conference by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, Director-General of Military Operations, Indian Army, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced that India had conducted a series of surgical strikes on Wednesday night in many ‘launch pads’ across the LoC in PoK. These launch pads were used by terrorist outfits to infiltrate through the LoC and attack in India.
The tensions between India and Pakistan has been on the rise ever since the attack in Uri. This information about the surgical strikes across the LoC in PoK was given by the Indian Army and that has made a lot of Indians proud. There is a sudden outburst of patriotism among the citizens. Interestingly, the ones who are old enough to say that they were present during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee rule and Manmohan Singh rule, could not stop themselves from being nostalgic about those times. While Manmohan Singh though strong in his stance, had dreams of better ties with our neighbours. In 2007, Singh had said, “I dream of a day while retaining our respective national identities, one can have breakfast in Amritsar, lunch in Lahore and dinner in Kabul. That is how my forefathers lived. That is how I want our grandchildren to live.” Vajpayee, on the other hand, was known to be very vocal about the Indian strategy against Pakistan. In this poem, Atal Bihari Vajpayee can be seen asking Pakistan to stop putting a price on India’s freedom. Listen to the poem here:
In the poem, Vajpayee was seen to be warning Pakistan that, no matter how many agreements are signed between Pakistan and India, the resolve of the free country will never break. The freedom has been earned by the blood and sweat of unlimited number of Indians. Vajpayee mocked Pakistan by saying that Pakistan’s freedom was unearned, and therefore should refrain from putting a price on India’s freedom.