10 Years Of Risking My Life For This Country, Modi Says I Played Video Games: Retired Colonel
PM Modi has come under fire from ex-servicemen for his callous remarks on military operations before his term.
On May 5, Retired Colonel Ashok Kumar Singh, the managing director of the Chamber of Commerce of Ex-Servicemen and the editor of Fauji Reporter, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for belittling his active years of military service when he mocked cross-border operations carried out during the UPA regime. He had said, “I think there are some people who play video games, no matter how old they are,” he said. “Perhaps they think surgical strikes are also some kind of video game.”
Singh took to Twitter, saying that he was left speechless by the Prime Minister’s comments. He said, “Ten years of my active operations risking my life for this country. This person Narendra Modi, who also is the Prime Minister of India, says I played video games. What to say now?”
— Col Ashok; Veteran (@ashokkmrsingh) May 5, 2019
Modi has been attacking the Congress party ever since the latter had announced in a press conference — in retaliation the saffron party’s constant mentions of military successes during campaigning — of six surgical strikes or cross-border operations that had taken place in the UPA era.
Lieutenant General (Retd.) DS Hooda, the former chief of the Northern Command who supervised the 2016 surgical strike, on May 4, too said that surgical strikes were not a new thing. He said, “Call it surgical strikes, call it cross border operations, they have been carried out in the past by the Army…”