I Asked For And Was Given A Special Team, We Certainly Weren’t Playing Video Games: Another Ex-Serviceman Slams PM Modi’s Crass Remarks
The prime minister's jibe on Congress has earned widespread condemnation from the armed forces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s crass comment — “I think there are some people who play video games, no matter how old they are. Perhaps they think surgical strikes are also some kind of video game” — has received a lot of condemnation from Armed Forces veterans.
Brigadier (Retd.) of the Indian Army Gurmeet Kanwal has been the latest to criticise PM Modi’s statement. Taking to Twitter, the retired Brigadier wrote, “As commander of the Gurez brigade, I asked for and was given a Special Forces team under operational control for the summer. We certainly weren’t playing video games.”
#SurgicalStrikes As commander of the Gurez brigade I asked for and was given a Special Forces team under operational control for the summer. We certainly weren’t playing video games.
— Gurmeet Kanwal (@gurmeetkanwal) May 6, 2019
Earlier, retired Colonel Ashok Kumar Singh, the managing director of the Chamber of Commerce of Ex-Servicemen and the editor of Fauji Reporter, said 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?”
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…”
Brigadier (Retd.) MPS Bajwa, who had commanded the brigade that captured Tiger Hill during the Kargil war, too said, “Lot many controversial statements on Surgical Strikes. Sad that it’s been politicised. Such strikes at Sector levels were carried out earlier also,” adding that the only difference is that now it is “done at National level, with publicity & fanfare but with no visible results.”