‘What the na­tion waited for has fi­nally hap­pened’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - Sm­riti Kak Ra­machan­dran

NEW DELHI: En­dors­ing the sur­gi­cal strikes con­ducted by the In­dian Army on ter­ror­ists along the Line of Con­trol, Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) chief Mo­han Bhag­wat on Thurs­day said what the na­tion was wait­ing for has hap­pened.

Bhag­wat’s ap­proval of the strikes came days af­ter the Sangh an­nounced it would back the govern­ment’s Pak­istan pol­icy. It is also in line with the Sangh’s de­mand for “firm and con­clu­sive” ac­tion against spon­sors of ter­ror­ism.

Speak­ing at the mil­len­nial cel­e­bra­tions of Ab­hi­navgupt, the Shaivite philoso­pher from Kash­mir, Bhag­wat said: “Hum sab ke man mein jis baat ki pra­teek­sha thi, who ho gayi hai (what we were wait­ing for in our

With­out nam­ing the army or the govern­ment, he ex­tended his fe­lic­i­ta­tions for the strikes that In­dia claims in­flicted “sig­nif­i­cant ca­su­al­ties” on ter­ror­ists.

RSS spokesper­son Man­mo­han Vaidya said, “By con­duct­ing suc­cess­ful sur­gi­cal strikes on ter­ror­ist launch­ing pads in POJK, the In­dian Army has proved its ca­pa­bil­ity.”

A se­nior Sangh func­tionary, also present on the oc­ca­sion, said the govern­ment had paid heed to the “mood of the na­tion”. He said the strikes were in con­form­ity with the “sen­ti­ments” of the peo­ple, up­set by the ter­ror at­tacks per­pe­trated by Pak­istan.

Fol­low­ing the Septem­ber 18 Uri at­tack in Jammu and Kash­mir, which claimed the lives of 19 ter­ror­ists, the Sangh had is­sued a state­ment call­ing for “firm and con­clu­sive” ac­tion to deal with “ter­ror­ists their mas

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