Needed ‘kinetic response’ after 26/11: Statement in Manish Tewari’s new e book triggers row

Congress chief Manish Tewari’s new e book has triggered a political slugfest as its excerpts appear to recommend that the previous Union minister was sad with the response of the then UPA authorities after the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes and was in favour of a harder response.

In the e book titled ‘10 Flashpoints: 20 years-National Security Situations That Impacted India’ that’s set to be launched on December 2, Tewari has seemed again on the safety conditions which have impacted India within the final twenty years.

The part, which was shared by Tewari, mentioned the e book “objectively delves into every salient national security challenge India has faced in the past two decades”.

In the e book, he writes, “For a state that has no compunctions in brutally slaughtering hundreds of innocent people, restraint is not a sign of strength; it is perceived as a symbol of weakness. There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done. It, therefore, is my considered opinion India should have actioned a kinetic response in the days following India’s 9/11.”

Tewari is a member of the ‘Group of 23’ leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi searching for organisational overhaul and elections for each submit within the Congress get together.

Citing excerpts of the e book, the BJP on Tuesday alleged that the grand previous party-led UPA authorities put the nationwide safety at stake by not responding strongly after the Mumbai terror assaults.

Addressing a press convention on the get together headquarters, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia mentioned this confirms that the UPA authorities was “useless”.

Bhatia mentioned Tewari’s e book confirms that the “Congress-led UPA government was insensitive, useless and was not even concerned about national security”. The UPA authorities had put the nationwide safety at stake, he alleged.

Attacking Congress over the excerpts launched, BJP spokesperson Amit Malviya tweeted, “After Salman Khurshid, another Congress leader throws UPA under the bus to sell his book. Manish Tewari in his new book slams the UPA for weakness in the name of restrain post 26/11. Air Chief Marshal Fali Major is already on record saying IAF was ready to strike but UPA froze.”

Responding to the criticisms, Tewari tweeted, “I am rather amused at @BJP4India reaction to one excerpt from a 304 Page book that tries to dissect responses to National Security Situations that Impacted India. I wonder would they react similarly to some “hard analysis’ about their handling of the National Security Remit also?”

As many as 166 individuals had been killed within the Mumbai terror assaults carried out by 10 Pakistani terrorists at totally different locations within the metropolis. The assaults started on November 26, 2008, and went on until November 29. Ajmal Kasab, the one terrorist who was captured alive, was hanged 4 years afterward November 21, 2012.

In the e book, Tewari has additionally hit out on the Modi authorities, alleging that the scrapping of the Mountain Strike Corps is the “greatest disservice” that this authorities did to India’s nationwide safety.

The former minister mentioned in July 2018, the defence and finance ministers of the next Modi-led authorities shelved all of the plans of elevating the Mountain Strike Corps towards China citing monetary constraints.

Mounting strain on the LAC resulting in the Doklam disaster in 2017 may have been averted offered the mountain strike corps would have been raised, skilled, resourced and efficaciously deployed, he mentioned.

(With PTI inputs)

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