Prakash Javadekar’s presence at “Pakistan Day” event comes under attack

Lalit Shastri

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, speaking recently in Lok Sabha had described the attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab as an “accumulation of an asymmetric war”. He said: “When conventional war fails as it had failed in ’65 and ’71, the enemy resorted to thousand cuts in trying to bleed India. These are small attacks of weak forces on a stronger force when the weak forces know they cannot defeat the stronger force.”.

India's Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar and Pakistan´s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit at the "Pakistan Day" function at the High Commissione of Pakistan in New Delhi on 23 March 2016
India’s Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar and Pakistan´s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit at the “Pakistan Day” function at the High Commissione of Pakistan in New Delhi on 23 March 2016

In this backdrop when the Defence Minister spoke of Pakistan as an enemy that has resorted to small attacks after successive defeats in full-fledged wars, eyebrows are being raised in India and the Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar has come under attack as he was present on behalf of the Modi-led NDA Government at the Pakistan Day function held this evening at the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi. This event was also attended by separatist leaders from Kashmir.

India had called off talks with Pakistan in the last week of August 2015 after their High Commissioner in New Delhi had met with separatist leaders from Kashmir defying a warning from India.

Announcing the cancellation of talks, India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin had told media that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi had been specifically warned that the talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, would be jeopardized if he met with the Hurriyat Conference leaders from Kashmir.

Within days of the secret meeting in Bangkok last December between the NSA chiefs of India and Pakistan to break ice and open the doors for talks between the two countries, the Air Force base in Pathankot was attacked by terrorists receiving command from Pakistan.

The main opposition Congress has lashed out at the Modi Government for its Pakistan policy. The Congress is particularly critical of the bonhomie being shown repeatedly by top leaders in the NDA Government during one-on-one meetings with those from the Pakistani side. A Congress leader said this is in sharp contrast with the stand taken by India’s Defence Minister in Parliament.

A cross-section of people, who were contacted in different parts of India, also were unanimous in pointing out that the Indian Government should have boycotted the Pakistan Day event especially since it coincides with the the 23 March 2003 Nadimarg massacre when two dozen Kashmiri Pandits were killed by terrorists in Nadimarg village in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir. March 23 is also the Martyrdom Day to commemorate the hanging of great freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on 23 March 1931 by the British.

PM salutes Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day

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Bhagat Singh Sukhdev RajguruNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today saluted Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to mark their martyrdom day.

“I bow to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day and salute their indomitable valour and patriotism that inspires generations.”

In the prime of their youth, these three brave men sacrificed their lives so that generations after them can breathe the air of freedom”, the Prime Minister said.

Modi, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina dedicate 2nd cross border transmission interconnection system

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates the second cross border transmission interconnection system between India and Bangladesh, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on March 23, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates the second cross border transmission interconnection system between India and Bangladesh, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on March 23, 2016.

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, today jointly dedicated via video-conferencing, the second cross border transmission interconnection system between India and Bangladesh. This will link Surjyamaninagar in Tripura with South Comilla in Bangladesh.

The two leaders also dedicated the transmission of 10 GBPS internet connectivity between Cox Bazaar in Bangladesh, and Agartala.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi hailed this as a historic moment in India-Bangladesh ties. He recalled the warm association that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman shared with India. He welcomed the many avenues of cooperation that have opened up between the two countries in recent times, and praised the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, for taking forward Bangabandhu’s vision and thoughts.

Modi said he attaches tremendous importance to the opening up of the new internet gateway in the eastern part of India, and said it would greatly benefit the North-eastern states by giving a boost to communication in the region. He highlighted the multiple channels of increased connectivity between the two countries in recent times, including road connectivity and digital connectivity.

The Indian Prime Minister offered all support to Bangladesh, for the launch of the Bangabandhu satellite. He extended best wishes to the cricket teams of both countries for the T-20 cricket match today.

Asiya Andrabi’s party raises Pak flags in Srinagar

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Pak flag in SrinagarSrinagar: The Asiya Andrabi-led separatist outfit today hoisted the Pakistani flags at many places here to mark the Pakistan Day.

DeM activists hoisted the flags at Lal Chowk, Civil Lines, and a few other places. These flags were later removed by the POlice.

Andrabi was booked by Police last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for hoisting the Pakistani flag.