Rajnath Singh speaks during an event. File
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaking on the occasion of the 23rd Kargil Vijay Diwas on Sunday recalled the supreme sacrifice of the Indian Army and asserted that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India.
"A resolution has been passed in the Parliament on PoK. Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Kashmir was a part of India, is and will remain a part of India,â€ NDTV news quoted Rajnath as saying.
â€œHow can it be that Baba Amarnath in the form of Shiva is with us and Mother Sharda Shakti is on the other side of LoC," Defence Minister added while referring to the Sharda Peeth, which has the ruins of a temple to Hindu goddess Saraswati.
Rajnath also said that India is "well equipped" to give befitting reply to "anyone who casts an evil eye on us."
"It is the spirit of national pride at the core of our values that protects the unity and integrity of India."
He asserted that the sole aim of the Narendra Modi government is to safeguard the interests of the nation and it has taken a series of steps to develop a self-reliant defence ecosystem that provides indigenous state-of-the-art weapons/equipment to the armed forces to fight all kinds of future wars.
Defence Minister also said that those criticising the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru must remember not to question either his intention or integrity.
â€œThere are a lot of people who criticise Nehru and I also belong to a political party... I do not want to criticise any Prime Minister of the country," he said
"I also do not question the intention and integrity of any Prime Minister. There was no failure in their intention," he said, in a reference to the 1962 India-China war.
"We indeed faced defeat in 1962, but India is no longer that same nation. India is one of the strongest nations now. I don't target the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru for the 1962 debacle. I criticise the policies India adopted then," he asserted.