Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday credited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the Indian Army’s surgical strike carried out on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 targeting seven terror launchpads across the LoC in response to the Uri attacks.
Parrikar was quoted as saying: “Mahatma ke gaon se aane wale PM,Goa se Defence Min aur surgical strike, equation was different ,maybe RSS teaching was basic core. (Despite a PM coming from Mahatma’s land, and a defence minister from Goa with no history of a martial race we carried out surgical strikes. Maybe RSS teaching was basic core.)
A day after a jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops, Parrikar on Monday said the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply to such ceasefire violations.
"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."
Criticising those doubting the cross-LoC surgical strikes, Parrikar said the action by the Indian army has increased the sensitivity among Indians regarding national security in a very effective way.
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He said the Indian army is the world’s best and when it says something, it should be believed. “From the day of the strike till today, some politicians are seeking proof,” Parrikar said without taking any names.
“When Indian Army says something we should believe it. It (Army) is world’s best, professional, brave and having a very high integrity. I do not feel that anybody will seek proof from them (Army) 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 inputs from PTI)