My chest vs yours

After the watershed strikes, India needs a vibrant discourse — not triumphalism and me-too bragging.

By: Editorial | Updated: October 5, 2016 1:48 pm

In the early hours of September 29, the NDA government carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the LoC, and owned up to it. On that day, the India-Pakistan relationship entered a new phase, imbued with a new dynamic, bearing new challenges — and raising key questions. What was the defined objective of the military strike and has it been accomplished? Have the costs of the proxy war that Pakistan has waged against India been raised in a manner and to an extent that it is dissuaded in future? What are the next steps for India’s government, for managing the escalation? In a robust democracy, these are questions that must be asked of the government and questions that the government must address, within the constraints and while keeping the necessary options open, without labelling the questioners as unpatriotic or anti-national. But in a climate where the initial sobriety displayed by both government and opposition after the strikes is rapidly evaporating, serious conversation or questioning is being rendered difficult. On show is the triumphalism and chest-thumping by sections of the ruling dispensation, being countered by immature claims and irresponsible dares issued by the opposition, particularly the Congress.

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Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar broke through the general restraint with which his government had handled the aftermath of the surgical strikes with some effusive imagery, describing Pakistan as the anaesthetised patient after surgery, and the Indian army like Lord Hanuman, awakening to its own prowess. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad followed his colleague’s trail, and went further. Suggesting that to question government and the army is to be with Pakistan, he accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of making headlines in the Pakistani media and warned him not to “do or say anything whereby our armed forces feel let down”. This, after Kejriwal had exhorted the government, quite unexceptionably, to expose “Pakistan’s false propaganda”.

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The Congress, after having initially supported the government, no questions asked, appears to be rashly overcompensating. Digvijaya Singh has asked that the government furnish proof of the strikes, while, and here is the problem, the party has officially boasted that it had carried out similar strikes when it was in government in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013, but not taken political ownership. All revelations are welcome, by those who are in power and those who have been. But that a thought-through governmental policy can be upended so cavalierly by the Congress in the heat of this moment, just to score points off the BJP, is immensely sobering. The Congress has raised questions that the Congress must answer even as it interrogates the government.

There is need for greater thoughtfulness and responsibility on all sides. The BJP-led government, which has opened a new front against the terror that has repeatedly struck the nation from across the LoC, must refrain from drawing borders within. And the Congress must know that its rhetoric in this difficult moment will return to haunt.

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    bmniac
    Oct 5, 2016 at 2:45 am
    Last sentence of the edit is incomplete1
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Oct 5, 2016 at 8:12 am
      The Congress party had no locus standi to question the Govt. or to ask for the details of the Surgical strikes done recently by NDA Govt. which made headlines across the globe with the Terror Nation stan in jittery !!! The looters of the Nation can claim credit for the Scams and Loots undertaken during UPA regime and had they done these type of strikes they might have taken the credit and loudly announced and if not the mission might have got failed under them and thus unable to take credit at that point of time which is the reality !!! If they had done successfully why they had not shared with the Opposition Parties like the present regime which had appraised the Political Leaders, World Leaders, Former PMs in an diplomatic manner and will they answer is the ?????
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        mohan
        Oct 5, 2016 at 9:26 am
        The purpose of denying the strike is to save the face of China. China was supposed to defend its ally in case of an attack. But a surgical strike never happened and hence China's face is saved. The myth that China is militarily much superior to India was shattered
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          sayhellotolife
          Oct 5, 2016 at 1:23 am
          Congress chor... Congress Gaddar....
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            sayhellotolife
            Oct 5, 2016 at 1:23 am
            Congress is an anti-national party. They tried to finish our armed forces in their 10 years of rule by not providing any major equipment.
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              sayhellotolife
              Oct 5, 2016 at 1:22 am
              For these traitors what matters most is their vote bank. Since they are seeing that with such bold step they may lose some vote shares in Punjab and UP, so they have started creating confusion in people.lt;br/gt;It is well written in our ancient text that in dark age(Kaliyuga), evil forces will try to win by creating confusion in the human mind and society.
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                sayhellotolife
                Oct 5, 2016 at 1:23 am
                Good now congress real face is out in the public. After all they are speaking the same voice what stan is speaking. so their is a connection between Congress party and stan ruling cl.
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                  sayhellotolife
                  Oct 5, 2016 at 1:23 am
                  stani Intelligence has a mole in Congress part also. Its a serious threat to our national security.
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                    tamilselvan
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 12:20 am
                    the two italianos are jealous of modi and do not want him to get any credit for the sical attack on Pk9istan . the youg brainless will ything to prove t
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                      tamilselvan
                      Oct 5, 2016 at 12:18 am
                      the wo Itals are jealous of Modi and so they do not want him to have any credit of surgical attack o rough state of stan. they will do anything to prove tht surgical not rure
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