After reports of the attack by Pakistani intruders, that claimed the lives of five Indian soldiers, emerged late Tuesday morning, outrage became the country's 'sentiment of the day'.
Ripples of the incident were heard loud and clear in the Parliament, which was adjourned over the issue . Politicians blamed the government for not doing enough and the government promised they wouldn't be intimidated due repeated intrusions by Pakistan.
People took to Twitter and Facebook to question Pakistan, its intentions and to question the government's stance on the long standing issue of militant intrusions from Pakistan.
Throughout the day the picture of what exactly happened at the Line of Control got clearer and people got angrier. Where most expressed their disappointment along the lines of "Pakistan will never learn", others believed that the attack was an attempt to derail the Indo-Pak peace talks.
And experts felt a similar way.
In a poll conducted by Hindustan Times , more than half of the respondents were of the view that the attack was aimed at derailing the India-Pak peace process.
The sentiment was a lot less sombre in the views expressed by readers by way of comments .
'MangoMan' commented: How come, it is always Paki soliders come inside the Indian side and end up killing, beheading our soliders? What are our soliders doing? Revenge is sweet and we as a nation want one NOW, damn it.
'Pranji' commented: Is this present UPA Government working for Pakistan or for some other country? Definitely does not appear to be working for this country that is India.
'Manish Khanna' commented: The enemy is not outside the nation. It is within in the guise of self centred selfish politicians having myopic vision. Time to exercise franchise judiciousy.
'Maheswar Deka' commented: Option before India is to response militarily. If Pakistan does not stop killing of Indian soldiers, then, India would have to respond by declaring final war against Pakistan
Politicians on the other had other things on their mind. They condemned the attack and then blamed the government for not doing enough.
Calling incidents like Monday night's intrusion "blatant acts of deceit" Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said the country will be 'cowed down' by the attck. Read More
Defence minister AK Antony said that the attack was carried out by "terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform". But his statement did not go down well with the Opposition. He was stronly criticised saying such a statement amounted to giving an 'escape route' to Pakistan. Read More
Senior BJP leaders M Venkaiah Naidu and Shahnawaz Hussain pressed for much stronger actions. They suggested the government take a harder stand with Pakistan and against terrorism rooting from the country. Read More
Condemning the attack by Pakistani troops, Modi targetted the government for its laxity in securing the borders. Tweeting his reaction, Modi also brought up the incidences of Chinese intrusions while pulling up the government. Read More
My heartfelt condolences to the families of the brave Soldiers who laid down their lives in Poonch.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2013
From China's intrusions to Pakistan's ambushes- UPA Government has been absolutely lax in securing Indian borders. When will Centre wake up?— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2013
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted his reaction, adding that the incident brings Pakistan's 'recent overtures' (for peace talks) to question. Read More
Was briefed early this morning about news that 5 of our soldiers had been killed on the LOC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 6, 2013
These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak & call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 6, 2013
It wasn't just the politicos who took to Twitter to react on the issue. A number of people expressed anger, anguish and others took a dig at the government in light of recent incidents like the Durga Nagpal suspension case.
Has Akhilesh asked for the suspension of troops around LoC because it is detrimental to communal harmony during the holy month?— AristocRat Miller (@YearOfRat) August 6, 2013
Dear Indian Army, please kill Pak Army and Terrorists. Indian Politicians cant suspend you guys for taking communal action.— Not That Arnab (@justicearnab) August 6, 2013
The mood-in-majority, however, was that of anger.
LoC, Pak Army and Poonch trended on Twitter the entire day. Facebook users too expressed their reactions using #LoC, #borders and other similar hashtags.
#ColorIsIn Pak Army - Betrayal— Fragile_Item (@Handle_Vid_Care) August 6, 2013
Army statement says 'soldiers of Pak Army'. Antony's says 'persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms'. FYI, that's our Defence Minister.— Naveen Kumar (@naveendwh4) August 6, 2013
Actually Antony has won the war for India. Under him, Pak Army has been destroyed. All that is left is "persons in Pakistani Army uniform".— Akhilesh Mishra (@amishra77) August 6, 2013
For revenge of poonch attack, we can gift @kamaalrkhan 2 Pakistan as holy month of ramzan..if its not enough then we can offer digvijay also— kalpesh Ramoliya (@Imkalpesh17) August 6, 2013
Saddened by the state of our government today and its incapacity to take critical defence decisions. #poonch— *Aditya Chaugule* (@AdityaChaugule) August 6, 2013
At a time when crucial peace talks between the two countries seemed to be returning on track, such an incident might prove to be a major deterrent in the process.