I Respect His Words Very Much: General Bipin Rawat on Retd Lt Gen DS Hooda’s Surgical Strikes Remark
Hooda had said that the 'overhype' over surgical strikes did not help.
Commenting on the “overhype” remark made by Lt Gen (retired) DS Hooda who led the surgical strikes operation, Army chief General Bipin Rawat told the media on Saturday, December 8 that he “respected his words”.
“He was one of the main persons involved in the conduct of these operations, so I respect his words very much,” Rawat said. “These are an individual person’s perceptions, so let’s not comment on them,” he added.
On December 7, Hooda, who was the Northern Army commander in 2016 when the “surgical strikes” took place, termed the political conversation around the military operation as an “overhype” and indicated that he disapproved of the politicisation of military action. Speaking at a military literature festival in Chandigarh, Hooda said: “Did the over-hype help? I say, completely no. If you start having political resonance in military operations, it is not good. There was too much political banter, on both sides, and when military operations get politicised, that is not good,” Hooda had said while moderating a discussion.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, among others, welcomed Hooda’s comments.