On 17 Oct, 2016, While Speaking at a “Know Your Army” event organised at the Nirma University campus,Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar by giving credit to the teachings of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said, “I wonder that a Prime Minister from land of Mahatma Gandhi and a defence minister from Goa and surgical strikes, the situation was quite… maybe the RSS teachings was there, but this was very different kind of combination.”
According to Parrikar this combination was the key that backed the Indian Army in carrying out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).
He said both the Prime Minister and he have been facing a tough situation when people began questioning them after the Uri attacks. “After 18 soldiers were martyred in Uri we had to face a lot of difficult situations. Till the 29th of September, the Prime Minister was targeted on the social media and in other media. Some share of the criticism was also directed towards me,” Parrikar added.
Critising “some politicians” for seeking proof, the defence minister while speaking to a gathering largely consisting of students and faculty members, said, “Some people have been seeking proof (of surgical strikes)… Some people will never get convinced even if solid proof is given… When Indian Army does something we should remember that this is one of the world’s best, professional, brave and an army with high integrity.”
By – Nikita Goel