In 2014, PM Modi had famously claimed at a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh that a “56 inch chest” can solve problems faced by the country.
Now key BJP ally Shiv Sena has taken a jibe at the prime minister over India’s moves against Pakistan after the Uri attack, saying the neighbouring country’s premier Nawaz Sharif is now showing off a “56-inch chest”.
Taking a sceptical view of India’s diplomatic moves in the aftermath of Uri attack, Shiv Sena has feared that India had actually been isolated in the world with its efforts yielding little result other than mere “lip service” by global leaders.
“All of India’s efforts to forge global relations have proved futile as no country actually backed India over the Uri attacks. Global leaders did mere lip service of condemning the terror attacks but the BJP’s social media cell took some other meaning out of it and went boasting how Pakistan has been isolated over the issue,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.
The Sena gave examples of terror attacks not being condemned by China and Russia not stopping its joint military drill with Pakistan.
The Sena also said that Islamic organisations are openly backing Pakistan and even Indonesia is offering Pakistan defence equipment. It added that even Nepal wants to maintain good relations with it.
“During the 1971 war with Bangladesh, Russia had sent its troops to India to support Indira Gandhi. We cannot see such friendship today.
“Pakistan has already declared war against India. They have shed blood of our soldiers right from Pathankot to Uri while we are only gloating by issuing threats to Pakistan. Mere words won’t work now. It is time to give them a tit for tat reply,” it added.
As tensions between India and Pakistan continue to rise over the Uri terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which left 18 Indian soldiers martyred, US-based political science expert Sumit Ganguly has stressed it is “too late” for a military response and even attempts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan would be tough for India in the current global scenario.
“I think it is too late for a military response. Any element of surprise that might have existed is long gone. At this stage all that India can do is try and diplomatically isolate Pakistan. Even this strategy will be difficult as the world is preoccupied with a host of other crises,” Ganguly, director, Centre on American and Global Security at Indiana University, said.