“Manohar Parrikar is the best proof that participation in RSS activities dulls one’s mind”


Seldom does a day pass without India’s defence minister, Manohar Parrikar, making comments, usually unbecoming of a union minister and, more crucially, an IIT graduate.

Parikar was in news recently because of his bizarre comments that in him India had finally got the best dressed defence minister, implying that the dress and not the leadership acumen was required to become union minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

Manohar Parrikar

On Monday, the former Goa chief minister, caused more controversy when he credited the RSS teaching and not the valour of Indian army for 29 September’s surgical strikes across the LoC.

Parrikar, as reported by the ANI, said, “Mahatma ke goan se aane wale PM,Goa se Defence minister aur surgical strike, equation was different. May be the RSS teaching was basic core. But it was difference kind of combination. (I wonder, with the combination of Prime Minister who comes from Mahatma Gandhi’s home state, and I, Defence Minister, coming from Goa which never had any martial race, and surgical strikes. May be the RSS teaching was at the core, but this was quite a different kind of combination.)”

Parrikar was speaking at a function, ‘Know my Army’, organised at Nirma University here.

He said the action of Indian Army, whom he described as the world’s best, has increased the sensitivity among citizens regarding national security in a very effective way.

The Defence Minister said the Army is giving befitting reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

“From the day of the strike till today, some politicians are seeking proof,” Parrikar said without taking any names.

“When Indian Army says something we should believe it.

It (Army) is world’s best, professional, brave and having a very high integrity. I do not feel that anybody will seek proof from them (Army) here in Ahmedabad.”

“There are people who will never get convinced even if definite proof is given,” Parrikar said.

Parrikar was referring to some sections which have been asking for proof about the surgical strikes. The Army has said the strikes against terror launch pads across the LoC was carried out during the intervening night of September 28-29.

“Violations are regularly taking place for the last five-six years, you can take out figures. But the only thing that has changed now is that we are giving befitting reply,” he said on ceasefire violations.

“Two good things have happened after the surgical strikes. First thing is except some politicians, every Indian is rising in unison and standing behind our brave soldiers.

And the second thing is we (Indians) have acquired sensitivity regarding national security in a very effective way,” he further said, adding that he is receiving mails suggesting suspicious activities.

“If people see anything wrong, they intimate the police or send me mails. Half of mails I get suggest suspicious activities happening. Many ex-servicemen are also offering their service for the nation, saying that they are retired but can still fight.”

To a question on security lapses, Parrikar said, “When you are doing things and if there are lapses in it, then mistakes should be rectified.”

As expected, Parrikar faced incredible social media roasting for his perceived ‘foot-in-mouth’ comment. Many questioned the rationale behind his appointment for a ministry as sensitive as defence. Others wondered on the spectacular slide in Parrikar’s reputation from being an able chief minister of Goa to now a constant subject of ridicule as India’s defence minister.

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