In his speech at BJP national council meeting at Kozhikode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stayed well short of ratcheting up the war rhetoric with Pakistan, thereby daring to go against the reigning public sentiment in the country.
Prime Minister has made clear that war isn’t on his agenda.
He said both the countries should go to war against the “poverty, unemployment and illiteracy” and see who wins.
However, he pulled no punches about India’s contemplated diplomatic response to Pakistan. He said that India will not forget Uri and will take steps to completely isolate Pakistan. “We will force you to be left alone in the world. That day is not far when people of Pakistan will take to streets to fight against the rulers and fight terrorism,” Modi said.
Though the speech was harsh in parts on Pakistan, it marked an end to the speculations about an imminent military retaliation to Uri attack, which India believes was launched with the help of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Modi’s speech was delivered just hours after his meeting with Army chief General Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Vice Admiral Karambir Singh (Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba was out of the city), where preparedness for future crisis was discussed.
Prime Minister Modi, in his speech, invited Pakistan’s people to participate in this vision, too. “People of Pakistan”, he urged, “Ask your leaders: both our countries got freedom together, so why does India export software and your country export terrorists ?”
Living next to an unstable, hostile neighbour, the next crisis always looms. The Prime Minister’s message to his people is stark: India has to choose between growth, at the cost of soaking up a few blows and some injured pride — or become locked in a brawl that will level its fortunes with that of its neighbour.