Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday cautioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be ‘mindful’ of the implications his statements will have on national security and not allow them to vindicate Chinese position.
Speaking for the first time on the India-China face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, Dr. Singh said, “Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership. And the truth cannot be suppressed by having pliant allies spout comforting but false statements”.
In a statement, the former Prime Minister urged all organs of the government to work together to prevent the situation from further escalating.
Lauding the efforts of the Indian Army and the soldiers who lost their lives, Dr. Singh said that the Modi government must ensure justice for Col. Santosh Babu and the jawans who sacrificed their lives protecting the borders.
“To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith,” he said.
Though Dr Singh was did not mention any specific comment by Mr. Modi, his reference was to the Prime Minister’s statement at the June 19 all-party meeting where he had said “none was inside Indian territory and no post was occupied by anyone”.
Subsequently, the Prime Minister’s Office clarified that Mr. Modi had specifically talked about the area where the Chinese and Indian troops had clashed and how, because of the brave act of the Army, the Chinese attempt was foiled.