Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is a part of India and questioned how Maa Sharda Shakti could be in Pakistan when Baba Amarnath Ji is in India.
In a dig at China, he said that today’s India is among the world’s most powerful nations, unlike in 1962, when the late Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru was in charge and China invaded our territory in Ladakh. In order to improve cooperation between the Armed Forces, he also announced the creation of Joint Theatre Commands of the three forces.
The Defence Minister recalled the supreme sacrifices of the Indian Army and declared that PoJK is an integral part of India while speaking at a function held by the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Forum (JKPF) in conjunction with Kargil Vijay Diwas to honour the families of martyrs of all security forces since 1947 at Gulshan Ground.
He said that the Parliament has approved a resolution on PoJK. It has always been and always will be a part of India. Rajnath referred to the Sharda Peeth shrine, which has the remnants of a temple to the Hindu goddess Saraswati, also known as Sharda, and asked that how can it be that Baba Amarnath in the shape of Shiva is with us and Mother Sharda Shakti is on the other side of LoC. Rajnath expressed confidence that India will prevail in any battle and said that the nation is well-prepared to respond appropriately to “anyone who casts an evil eye on us”.
He assured that the government is making sure that Jammu and Kashmir, like the rest of the nation, reaches higher levels of development. He referred to Article 370 as an artificial legal barrier and claimed that its repeal has given the aspirations of J-K residents, particularly the young, a new lease on life. According to him, the decision created new opportunities for the welfare of the populace and the Union Territory is now developing at a much faster rate.
The entire region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh became the “main war theatre” during the 1948, 1962, 1965, 1971, and 1999 wars, when enemies tried to cast a bad eye, but their plans were thwarted by the valiant Indian soldiers, Singh said when discussing various challenges India faced after gaining its independence.