An ex-army man’s wife has sent a 56-inch blouse to Narendra Modi to express her ire over the attacks on the soldiers.
The 56-inch blouse is a subtle reference to fact that PM Modi claims he has a 56-inch wide chest, largely seen as a symbol of courage.
In the letter, Suman Singh, wife of ex-army man Dharamvir Singh, mentioned that before the polls in 2014, Modi and BJP used to claim that if they come to power, they would ensure that Pakistan would not dare attack Indian soldiers. She further added that in reality the situation is even worse now.
Suman Singh’s husband, Dharamvir Singh, said that the letter and the blouse have been sent to Zila Sainik Board, Fatehabad. He added,
She told me that women send their sons, brothers, husbands to the border to defend their motherland and not to get beheaded and get pelted with stones. Where has the 56-inch chest gone now, she asked.
Clarifying that this gesture is not an insult to the Prime Minister, he commented,
You tell me one thing — are we not being insulted? Our prime minister used to say never ever will our soldiers have to go through what they went through before. But what is happening under the present regime is even worse.
In the letter, Suman Singh also urged the PM to give the army a “free hand” to tackle militants. She wrote,
The way the hands of our soldiers are tied they are unable to take the situation head on, which is most unfortunate.
Dharamvir Singh, who was deployed in J&K for over 11 years, mentioned,
I was part of several counter insurgency operations. I also got the Sena Medal from the President on two occasions. My son is also preparing to join the forces.
64 soldiers were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir last year, a number which has been the highest in the last six years.