Congress will back Government whatever decision it takes on surgical strikes evidence, says P Chidambaram

Speaking to The Indian Express today, Chidambaram said that Barkha Dutt, who interviewed him told him that the interview was scrapped “despite her wish.”

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 12:23 pm
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An interview of P Chidambaram, former Union Minister for Home and Finance, made news when NDTV decided to drop it after airing excerpts.

NDTV’s co-founder Radhika Roy told The Wire, which first reported the dropping of the interview, that “political mud-slinging regarding the surgical strikes without a shred of evidence was actually damaging to our national security.” She said that NDTV was not “obliged to carry every shred of drivel that has now come to pass as public discourse” and that part of the channel’s editorial policy was to not “provide a platform to outrageous and wild accusations that thrive only on publicity.”

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Speaking to The Indian Express today, Chidambaram said that Barkha Dutt, consulting editor of NDTV, who interviewed him told him that the interview was scrapped “despite her wish.” Dutt didn’t respond to an email. Chidambaram said that to release evidence of the strike is a decision for the Government to take and whatever decision it takes, the Congress would support it.

Excerpts:

What did you tell NDTV that was not carried?

We discussed only two subjects. One, whether the Congress party supported the Army action across the border. And whether the demand from some quarters for “evidence” was justified. In fact, I have demanded that NDTV should release the tape to me so that I can put it on YouTube. They have not responded to my demand.

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The interview was quite short then, just these two main points?

No more than 15 minutes. And, in fact, the interview was played in part immediately after it was recorded. And I believe in several news segments during the day when it was abruptly yanked off the channel later in the evening. When they promised to play the whole interview.

What is your stand on both these points?

My stand is quite clear. I said, we support the government. We believe the Army and the DGMO. And whatever pre-emptive action the government of the day will take, as a responsible opposition, the Congress party will support the government. Now I said draw a line there, that subject is over. Then go to the next subject. There have been demands from quarters that evidence must be released. That is not questioning the Army action. That is a suggestion to the government so that we can call the bluff of Pakistan. Pakistan’s bluff has takers in some quarters, The New York Times, Washington Post, some sections of the social media, even that forgotten group called United Nations Observers Group.

Therefore, to call Pakistan’s bluff, it is for the government to consider whether it would like to release any evidence. But I made it clear that’s a decision for the government to take. Whatever decision government takes, in that respect, Congress party will support that decision.

Strikes have happened earlier but no announcements were made.

Quite rightly. Because the policy of the government of that day was strategic restraint and as part of strategic restraint we left such cross-border action to be handled by the Army at the operational, tactical level. We did not raise it to the government level. I believe UPA’s policy was right. But I am not saying that the present government cannot change that policy…Government has fuller information than any one of us. And, therefore, I concede the right of the government to adopt a modified policy. And, in fact, I go a step further and say after Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Pampore and Uri, any government could be expected to consider a modified policy.

Now that strikes have been announced, what will be the repercussions?

Clearly, the present government has changed tack. But that is the privilege of the government of the day. The fallout of such a changed policy can only be seen in the months and years to come…Whether Pakistan will change its behaviour or will become more aggressive, I think we have to wait and see.

There is a tweet by Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala that you have raised certain questions to NDTV.

NDTV responded to The Wire (which first carried the report). And NDTV said several things. I picked out three phrases and I asked them which part of my interview, fell under those three phrases. One, I asked them which part of my interview contained remarks that risked security for political advantage? Two, which part of my interview was shred of drivel? Three, which part of my interview was bizarre, political bickering…There’s no answer. I want to raise a more fundamental question. Why are people falling in line? You are looking at it as a criticism of the government’s action. I am asking a different question, I am asking the media: why are you guys falling like nine pins to unjustified demands, if any, from the powers that be? I don’t know, if the powers that be made any demand. But why are you guys falling like nine pins? It’s sad. If the media, which fiercely protests, or used to fiercely protest any suggestion that the media should be restrained — why is it capitulating?

How did you learn that the interview had been dropped?

The person who interviewed me (Barkha Dutt) sent me a message saying that despite her wish the interview had been scrapped.

There is talk these days of a nationalistic media.

I don’t know what nationalistic means. The Indian media must indeed be loyal to the interests of India when it comes to a hostile country. But Indian media must be loyal to the truth. Indian media must be fiercely loyal to freedom of the media. These are equal values. Loyalty to the country, loyalty to truth, loyalty to freedom of the media are of equal weight according to me.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 12, 2016 at 10:26 am
    CHIDAMBARAMJI, THE PEOPLE WANT EVIDENCE OF THE WEALTH YOU HAVE AMED LEGALLY. YOU ARE NOW FACING SCAMS , AND MIGHT GO TO JAIL IF CONVICTED OF THE CRIME . THE PEOPLE HAVE AL;READY KICKED YOU OUT SO WHERE YOU NOW . WE FEEL SURPRISED HOW YOU SHAMELESSLY COME OUT AND GIVE ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC.
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 12, 2016 at 10:27 am
      CHIDAMBARAMJI, THE PEOPLE WANT EVIDENCE OF THE WEALTH YOU HAVE AMED LEGALLY. YOU ARE NOW FACING SCAMS , AND MIGHT GO TO JAIL IF CONVICTED OF THE CRIME . THE PEOPLE HAVE AL;READY KICKED YOU OUT SO WHERE YOU NOW . WE FEEL SURPRISED HOW YOU SHAMELESSLY COME OUT AND GIVE ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC.
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        prakash gotimukul
        Oct 12, 2016 at 9:21 am
        Yes Chidambaram is one of the finest liar we have. He can change affidavits on orders of his higher up even if it is immoral, unlawful and putting nation at peril. Yes he wears clean while cloths, but inside his lungi, all dirt. Now he says he will agree with govt. Or else what, play the trumpet in favour of enemy along with BDutt?? Shameless. Its disgusting that this snake is still around.
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          MyTake
          Oct 12, 2016 at 4:26 am
          Congies and Commies should be chased out of history. They are like chamelions and would not mind changing colors when suits them! No principles no commitments and they don't know what they stand for! Only thing they know is sit of power and trying to stay "relevant" in desperation!
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            PCKULKARNI
            Oct 12, 2016 at 5:26 am
            Anybody questions BJP is antinational. New defination.
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              Jayakumar
              Oct 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm
              It is obvious that Burka Dutt and Chiddu are jackals and care two hoots for the nation. NDTV is a paid network of the Congress.
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                SubbuI
                Oct 12, 2016 at 6:22 am
                WELL EXPLAINED MR P .C.CHIDAMBARAM SIR. INC IS ALLWAYS SUPPORTIVE TO GOVERMENT AT SUCH SITUATIONS IRRESPECTIVE OF BARKHA DUTT INTERVIEW AND ITS MISINTERPRATION BY ANTI CONGRESS AND BAISED ELECTRONIC MEDIA CONSISTING OF FEW CHANNALS AND FEW ARROGANT AND BAISED ANCHORS. IF GOVERNMENT NOT DECIDING TO RELEASE PROOF IT IS FINE WITH INC. BUT WHAT CONGRESS IS OBJECTING IS USING SURGICAL STRIKE AS INDVUDUAL OR BJP ACHIVEMENT AND DISPLAYING POSRERS WITH NALAYAK NMODI AND CLOWN PARIKER AS RAM AND AND PRINDIND JAWANS AND URI MARTYRES PRINTS POSTED ALL OVER ALONG WITH BJP LEADERS PHOTOS.THIS IS WHAT RAHUL HI CALLED THEM ARMY KHOON KI S MEANT CASHING UP ON ARMY ACHIVEMENTS AND RIGHTLY SO
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                  SubbuI
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 9:20 am
                  NEXT SURGICAL STRIKE BEING PLANED BY USING NAGPUR ARMY.AND TARGET ALL BUTCHER SHOPS IN U.P. UNDER THE PLANNING AND EXCUTION OF NALAYAK NMODI. KALNAYAKand ENCOUNTER LIZARD SHAH AND ARAJ GURU CAPTAIN MUCHAD FROM NAGPUR.
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                    G V
                    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:55 am
                    No need to ask for opinions of these corrupt antinational congis. No need of them or their opinions . The country will be better with out you. Please get lost from the country along with your Royal family to Italy and enjoy the looted booty.
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                      Vijayalakshmi
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 7:12 am
                      The government should continue the momentum on war against terrorism and isolate stan for sponsoring terrorism. It has now emerged that stan has devised strategy to collaborate with anti-national forces in India - naxalites, maoists, anti national political parties, paid "intellectuals", and of course, the anti-national paid mainstream media. Nation should be alert against these traitors within India, who would be more than willing to collaborate with enemies to work against India. The Party, whose leader fondly called world dreaded treaded terrorist as "Osamaji", and whose leader went to stan to seek support of the enemy to topple duly elected government in India, and the anti-national elements at universities such as JNU and HCU must be watched carefully.
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                        Abbiya
                        Oct 12, 2016 at 5:39 am
                        It is not matter of surgical strike etc.but it is matter of BJP dirty politicals due to surgical strike
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                          abhay
                          Oct 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                          No one wants your views, you aasee. You are a piece of garbage.
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                            Raja
                            Oct 12, 2016 at 6:17 am
                            It was the PM who flew to enemy land to celebrate birthday party.. shameless guys ! They took the cake and released the b0mb
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                              Raja
                              Oct 12, 2016 at 6:14 am
                              Uselss feku again... Based on your argument it was BJP who release the Guy who is needling us now.. Surgical strikes are common and no other govt (including BJP) did not publicise it.. This useless govt publicised to hide from other failures..
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                                Kamaal
                                Oct 12, 2016 at 9:26 am
                                Great views of a great statesman. No body can be more correct than this and noting can be more perfect fit than this. Wonderful sir. You are the example for excelence.lt;br/gt;Thanks a lot.
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                                  Alab
                                  Oct 12, 2016 at 7:05 am
                                  Chidambaramji, are you taling on behalf of Congress or your own opinion? Tomorrow if Mama or Beta change their RaGa will you stand by it ?
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                                    Anuradha Kalhan
                                    Oct 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm
                                    I think we are heading for a full authoritarian state with media and leading citizens collaborating.lt;br/gt;We are also heading into a perpetual was on terror like America. We will find new enemies inside and outside India. That way we will keep Hindu patriotic hysteria alive the absence of any other real 'development' or welfare activity this should win elections. .
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                                      laxmi
                                      Oct 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm
                                      This type of leaders should be socially boycotted those who d on't have any shame asking proof from govt for surgical strike at the cost of fellow soldiers.at least they should consider how there party is becoming so unpor.
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                                        PN badri
                                        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                                        Modi government unnecessarily opened the Pandora box on surgical strikes and the government in a precarious situation to rebut stan denial surgical strikes. Worst part of it our defense minister chest thumping after several days of strikes is million dollar question about his role including his boss gag order on his party leaders not to talk about surgical strikes. Now several million posters pasted all over U P state for praising Modi nothing but cheap publicity and insulting the brave army.
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                                          Bakumbai
                                          Oct 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                                          It is heartening to note that NDTV management has now decided to make surgical strike to these hypocrites like PC who did everything during UPA to destroy the spirit of patriotism and condemn Hinduism with words like 'saffron' terror and that too when his family is engaged in high degree corruption like other ministers of UPA. He is too concerned about convincing other foreign countries about genuineness of strike-a ridiculous way to defame the Govt. Barkha is a know unpatriotic activist in the mask of a journalist .
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                                            sb
                                            Oct 13, 2016 at 8:33 am
                                            NDTV lost its credibility to me since quite a while..lt;br/gt;The reasons are due to some their sensational journalists openly taking sides and sympathetic towards terrorists, criminals like Burhan Wani etc. for politics!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Long back , I used to love Prannoy's world this week.lt;br/gt;Till today, I like his election time coverage...!!
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