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Manmohan Singh On Ladakh: PM "Must Be Mindful Of Implications Of Words"
"The truth cannot be suppressed by having pliant allies spout comforting but false statements."
Manmohan Singh On Ladakh: PM "Must Be Mindful Of Implications Of Words"(File Image)
New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today in a statement on the Ladakh Clash in which 20 soldiers were killed, said the PM must "always be mindful of the implications of his words", in an apparent reference to the controversy over PM Narendra Modi's comments at an all-party meeting on Friday.
Mr. Manmohan Singh also said that the government and the PM must rise to the occasion, to ensure justice for Colonel B. Santosh Babu and our jawans who have made the ultimate sacrifice and resolutely defended our territorial integrity."
To do any less "would be a historic betrayal of the people's faith," said Manmohan Singh, in his first response to the deadly face-off on June 15 at Galwan Valley."At this moment, we stand at historic crossroads. Our government's decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how future generations perceive us. Those who lead us to bear the weight of a solemn duty. And in our democracy that responsibility rests with the office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our Nation's security as also strategic and territorial interests," Dr. Singh said.
Dr. Singh also said that China was brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of the Indian territory such as the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso Lake by committing multiple incursions since April.
"We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity. The Prime Minister cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further," he said.
"Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership", said Dr Singh. "The truth cannot be suppressed by having pliant allies spout comforting but false statements."