Senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar on Sunday said while the opposition cannot be faulted for asking the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi “pertinent questions”, it is time for the nation now to show “unity of purpose” and present a “united face” against China.
His statement came even as the Congress continued to ask Modi tough questions on his statement that nobody has intruded into Indian territory or captured any military post.
Arguing that the Indian diplomacy is now on test, Kumar said, “We must lend the moral support of the entire nation for them to leverage the goodwill enjoyed by India in the comity of nations.” He said the “Chinese aggression will be resisted by the full might of the Indian state” and asserted that India’s “response to Chinese brutality must factor the need to avenge the martyrdom of our brave soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty”.
“Every democracy has a role for the opposition. When the opposition wants to ask some questions, particularly when these are concerned with national security, the opposition cannot be faulted in raising pertinent questions. It is another matter that in their wisdom, the political parties choose a particular idiom and a particular time to do so. At this time, the nation has to show a unity of purpose and therefore we must present a united face against the aggressor,” Kumar said.
The former Union minister said the Chinese aggression in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley is a continuation of its provocations in Doklam, Chumar, Depsang and Sumdorong Chu as also its untenable claims in Arunachal Pradesh.
China’s “compulsive obsession to flex its military muscle in aid of its expansionist aspirations defies the spirit of bilateral understandings and international law”, Kumar said, adding that “Chinese aggression will be resisted by the full might of the Indian state”.
“While the nation is entitled to demand answers to many questions that arise, let there be no doubt that in resisting the Chinese aggression, a united nation will answer the call when summoned to the flag,” he said.
Kumar said Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s statement has clearly stated that while dealing with the Chinese, the nation stands behind the Army and the government.
“Considering the grave implications of an escalating India-China conflict for regional peace and stability, de-escalation of the standoff consistent with the securing of our strategic imperatives is a prudent way forward. At this time, when Indian diplomacy is on test, we must lend the moral support of the entire nation for them to leverage the goodwill enjoyed by India in the comity of nations,” he said.
“In the ultimate analysis, we know that in relations between nations, peace is the dividend of power which is the only dominant reality and expands when asserted. It is also time for us to assess and if necessary address the asymmetries of power between India and China and to harness the support of the international community at a time when China’s international standing is rapidly diminishing for its acts of overt and covert aggression against its neighbours,” he added.