Surgical strikes have increased sensitivity among Indians about security: Manohar Parrikar

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "Except some politicians every Indian is rising in unison and standing behind our brave soldiers."

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Updated: October 18, 2016 11:41 am
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Criticising those doubting the cross-LoC surgical strikes, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the action by the Indian army has increased the sensitivity among Indians regarding national security in a very effective way. 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.

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“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 regard to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the Defence Minister said the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply. “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.”

Parrikar praised the university for organising such a programme and called upon youths to join the Army. Later, Parrikar while talking to reporters, said one thing is clear that his government is serious about national security.

On the illegal sneaking-in of people in Gujarat from border adjoining Pakistan, Parrikar said, “BSF is tightening security at the border. You also know that this is a difficult area where we cannot put up fences as it is a marshy area. But we will use technology and fill the gaps to ensure no unauthorised person enters our territory.”

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  1. A
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm
    Humanity is shamefull because of brutality of indian towards Kashmiris.
    1. R
      rahul pathak
      Oct 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm
      There are many other work sir , army is doing will do it work.No need to take cover of them and get promotion agenda.Long way too go brics also all other country are a head of us .they all are seller of product and we are buyer.
      1. A
        Oct 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm
        Yaar chupkar .....start working for women's safety too....aisa bolrai ki surgical strikes ke baad Sab kuch thik hogya.......itne terrorist attack kiye hai.....aor Yeh bhaisaab ko dekho ....apni bhasahn khtm ni karrai......
        1. N
          Oct 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm
          Is he not( Parikkar) re-inventing the wheel called security? There was no security for Indians for seventy long years of Independence!.Is the BJP parivar deseperately seeking for consolation prizes?One can understand the new government's deep seated desire and longing for appreciation,applause and chamchagiri? The Parikkars and Sharmas and the MOS are seeking publicity and marketing for the NDA sarkar.There is no substance or depth in their claims and counter claims.One feels rather ashamed of this self-glorification and mad publicity stunt in the name of patriotism and right wing nationalism
          1. B
            Oct 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm
            Looks like donkeys praise their own tails- A typical characteristic of most Indian Politicians. These politicians should talk about the corruption, Inefficiencies and their records as ministers, chief ministers, MPs and MLA's and leave the achievements of the army alone. My opinion is that every government after 1962 were serious about national security otherwise we would not have Bangladesh today. India is what it is because of the hard work of its people- The only contribution made by Indian politicians was and is to drag and slow down its development- so that even today millions in India cannot afford two square meals a day
            1. K
              K P
              Oct 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm
              Mr. D.M, this is too much..dian Army has been a royal one from the day 1. Tough to believe that you are an IIT-ian Pls go back to your work. I am loosing all respects for you. Let Army do its work. Let nation ( not political groups ) support them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Dear Sir.
              1. S
                santosh kumar
                Oct 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                Such a foolish Defense minister we have got why praise RSS and attach our armed forces with this - sometimes they RSS and BJP are different enies and sometimes they are father-son. And to that saying that peoples perception about our forces have changed is completely wrong we have always been supporting our brave-hearts but were disappointed by our political masters and still we are disappointed. We are disappointed because none of our leaders worked for establishing insutions/rules so that we can have indigenous defense equipments. Current equipment which we purchase from foreign countries contains Kill switches and can be disabled on their wish (this is only for decoration) we know how we paid 100 times of the price for laser guided bombs during Kargil and we faught the war which USA initiated by pushing Pak generals. and we stood folded hands in front of foreign powers.
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