Guwahati: In his first comments after Ladakh face-off which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday cautioned Prime Minister Naredra Modi that “we stand at historic cross-roads” and the “government’s decisions and actions will have a serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us.”
Dr Singh said that Modi must be mindful of the implications of his words and cannot allow China to use them as a vindication of its position.
Highlighting “that disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership,” Singh called upon the prime minister to ensure that the death of soldiers who died defending India’s territorial integrity must not go in vain.
Calling for unity, Dr Singh said, “This is a moment where we must stand together as a nation and be united in our response to this brazen threat.”
He lauded the efforts of Indian Army and the soldiers who lost their lives, and said that the Modi government must ensure justice for Col Santosh Babu and the jawans who sacrificed their lives protecting the borders.
“To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith,” he stated.
The Congress has been attacking the government after PM Modi’s remarks at an all-party meeting that no one entered Indian territory or captured any military post while referring to the eastern Ladakh standoff.
However, the government said that attempts are being made to give a “mischievous interpretation” to the PM’s remarks.
The ex-PM accused China of “brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of Indian territory such as the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso Lake by committing multiple incursions between April 2020 till now.”
“We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity. The Prime Minister cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further.”