Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday appeared to give credit to “RSS teaching” for the decision to launch cross-LoC surgical strikes even as he slammed those seeking proof for the Indian Army’s anti-terror operation in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
“I wonder, with the combination of Prime Minister who comes from Mahatma Gandhi’s home state, and I, defence minister, coming from Goa which never had any martial race, and surgical strikes. May be the RSS teaching was at the core, but this was quite a different kind of combination,” Parrikar said in remarks that may trigger a row.
Parrikar was speaking at a function, ‘Know my Army’, organised at Nirma University in Ahmedabad.
He said the Indian Army is the world’s best and should be believed.
“From the day of the strike till today, some politicians are seeking proof,” Parrikar said, without taking any names.
“When the Indian Army says something, we should believe it. It is the world’s best, professional, brave and having a very high integrity. I do not feel that anybody will seek proof from them here in Ahmedabad,” he added at a function here of Nirma University, called ‘Know my Army’.
Parrikar was referring to some sections which have been asking for proof about the surgical strikes. The army has said the strikes against terror launch pads across the LoC was carried out during the intervening night of September 28-29.
“Two good things have happened after the surgical strikes. First thing is (that) except some politicians, every Indian is rising in unison and standing behind our brave soldiers. And the second thing is we (Indians) have acquired sensitivity regarding national security in a very effective way,” he said.
With regard to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the defence minister said the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply.
“Violations are regularly taking place for the last five-six years. You can take out figures. But the only thing that has changed now is that we are giving effective reply,” he said.
To a question on security lapses, Parrikar said, “When you are doing things and if there are lapses in it, then mistakes should be rectified.”
Parrikar praised the university for organising such a programme and called upon youths to join the Army.
Later, Parrikar while talking to reporters, said one thing is clear that his government is serious about national security.
On the illegal sneaking-in of people in Gujarat from border adjoining Pakistan, Parrikar said, “BSF is tightening security at the border. You also know that this is a difficult area where we cannot put up fences as it is a marshy area. But we will use technology and fill the gaps to ensure no unauthorised person enters our territory.”