Those Who’ve Harmed Us Must Also Feel the Pain: Manohar Parrikar 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke at the 66th Army Day celebrations in Delhi.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar speaking at the 66th Army Day celebrations in Delhi (Photo: ANI)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday asserted that any individual or organisation causing pain to India should be paid back in the same coin but how, when and where “should be of our choice”. Parrikar’s remarks come in the aftermath of the Pathankot terror attack.

Addressing an audience that consisted of the top brass of the Army, including its chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, Parrikar said history shows that until those who inflict damage on others experience the same pain, they don’t change.

I am of the opinion, it should not be taken as a government thinking, I always believe that if anyone harms you, he understands the same language. How, when and place should be of your choice but if someone is harming this country, then that particular individual or organisation, I purposely used the words individual and organisation, should also receive the pain of such activities.

Parrikar said, “Basic principle is that until we give them pain, whoever they may be, until then, such incidents will not reduce”.

Without referring to the Pathankot attack, the minister said the country was proud of the seven soldiers who laid down their lives but he is pained by the loss.

I don’t appreciate it. I have said that it is time we tell our soldiers that it is inevitable that we will lose some soldiers, and in this incident we lost one person in actual combat. We should tell them to think of the concept of taking life of your enemy, enemy of the country, instead of giving your life. This is an important aspect.

He said that while sacrifice is respected, what the nation needs is to neutralise the enemy.

Asked if that means there is a change in policy from the previous UPA government, Parrikar retorted, “If someone comes and hammers you, you should keep quite? Was that the policy? “What I am saying is basically that history tells you that those who damage you, if they don’t realise what pain they inflict, then they don’t change”.

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