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On Kargil Day, is the Prime Minister’s tough conversation about ‘dusht’ Pakistan a clue to China? The | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked ‘Kargil Day’ Sunday as he delivered his monthly radio address recalling India’s victory over Pakistan in the icy mountains 21 years ago, but the message also seemed to be aimed at China.
In his monthly radio speech ‘Mann ki Baat’, Modi recalled how the Army was thwarting Pakistan’s intrusion. But by outlining the circumstances of Pakistan’s “betrayal” by trying to sneak lands and divert attention from its internal trolls at a time when India was trying to improve relations, the similarity to China’s aggression along the Line of Current Control (LAC)) was surprising, although the prime minister did not mention China once in his speech.
Prime Minister Modi, while quoting a Sanskrit shloka, called Pakistan an incorrigible enemy compulsively seeking to harm everyone, including those trying to help them, a description that seemed to apply to China as well. “For the wicked, enmity with each and every one without reason is natural,” he said.
He said that people with that disposition kept thinking of harming even their good connoisseurs. “Such enmity will eventually prove costly to the ‘dusht’ himself, as Kargil did in the case of Pakistan,” the prime minister said, indicating a resolution to deal with border intrusion. Modi also made references to attacks by opponents at home, as some have insisted that the government has downplayed the incursion.
“Sometimes, without paying attention to the essence, we encourage certain things on social networks that are harmful to the country. We keep sending things out of pure curiosity. Despite knowing that it is wrong, we continue to do so. These days, battles are being fought not only on the borders, they are also being fought within the country, on many fronts simultaneously, ”he said.
Modi quoted the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Red Fort speech in 1999 in which he had quoted the Gandhi mantra. “Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra was: faced with any dilemma, to decide what to do or what not to do, one must think of the poorest and most defenseless person in India,” said Vajpayee.
“Going beyond Gandhiji’s thought, Atalji had said that the Kargil war had given us another mantra, and the mantra was: before making any important decision, we must think whether our step, our effort, is commensurate with the soldier’s honor he put for his life in those remote mountains, “he added.

Times of India

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