Repeat of 1962 not possible, India of 2009 is different: NSA
Downplaying incursions by Chinese Army along the Line of Actual Control, National Security Adviser MK Narayanan today suggested that repeat of 1962 was not possible but cautioned that media "hype" could lead to problems with the neighbour.india Updated: Sep 19, 2009 20:31 IST
Downplaying incursions by Chinese Army along the Line of Actual Control, National Security Adviser MK Narayanan on Saturday suggested that repeat of 1962 was not possible but cautioned that media "hype" could lead to problems with the neighbour.
He acknowledged that incursions were taking place and "inroads" are sometime little deeper but insisted that there was "hardly any increase" in these activities and situation was not "alarming" at the LAC.
"I think the first thing that I would like to wipe out is a repeat of 1962. India of 2009 is not of 1962," he told Karan Thapar on his 'Devil's Advocate' programme on CNN-IBN.
"In terms of number of incursions, there has been hardly any increase. Occasionally inroads are a little deeper than what it might have been in the past. I don't think so that there is anything alarming about it. I think we have a good understanding about the whole issue," Narayanan said.
"I really am unable to explain why there is being so much media hype on this question," he insisted.
Asked if over reaction by media could create problems, he replied in the affirmative and said, "I have been through 1962. I was aware of the problem then.... What we need to be careful of is that we don't have an unwarranted incident or an accident of some kind.
"That's what we are trying to avoid. But there is always concern (that) if this thing (media hype) goes on like this someone somewhere might lose his cool and something might go wrong."