Jaishankar: India Sent Clear Message Against Terrorism with Surgical Strikes

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that India's surgical strikes and airstrikes sent a clear message against terrorism. He criticized India's non-response to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, emphasizing the need to delegitimize terrorism globally.

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Jaishankar: India Sent Clear Message Against Terrorism with Surgical Strikes

Jaishankar: India Sent Clear Message Against Terrorism with Surgical Strikes

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that India sent a clear message against terrorism with its surgical strikes and airstrikes in response to the Uri and Pulwama attacks. He criticized the non-response to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying that India had not worked to "delegitimize terrorism" and convince the world that it is a danger for everyone globally.

Why this matters: India's shift towards a more assertive policy against cross-border terrorism has significant implications for regional and global security. This new approach could potentially lead to a re-evaluation of international responses to terrorism and encourage other countries to take a stronger stance against terrorist activities.

Jaishankar made these remarks at an event titled 'India's Vishwabandhu Approach to Global Relations' at the Constitution Club in Mumbai on Monday. "When 26/11 happened, you all know what our response was or to be very frank, what our non-response was. But you also know that our response was very different in Uri and Balakot. And there was a reason," he said.

The External Affairs Minister emphasized that India's message was clear - "So the message was, if you come and do something here, you may be across the LoC, you may be across the international boundary- we will still come and get you there." He pointed out the contrast in the world's reaction between the 2008 Mumbai attacks and India's subsequent military responses to terrorism.

"Now, I want you to think for a moment, about the reaction of the world. When 26/11 happened, everybody said yes very bad, we sympathize with you...but do not create tensions with Pakistan," Jaishankar noted. The 2008 Mumbai attacks saw a group of heavily armed terrorists from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba unleash mayhem on the streets of Mumbai, killing over 166 people and injuring over 300.

In contrast, India carried out a surgical strike against terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in response to the 2016 Uri attack on an army base in Kashmir. After the 2019 Pulwama attack that killed over 40 Indian soldiers, the Indian Air Force conducted an airstrike against Pakistani terror camps in Balakot.

Jaishankar stressed that India needs to work towards delegitimizing terrorism and convincing the world that it is a global danger. The External Affairs Minister's remarks underscore India's shift to a more assertive policy against cross-border terrorism in recent years, marking a departure from a restrained response to earlier attacks like the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes.

Key Takeaways

  • India's surgical strikes and airstrikes sent a clear message against terrorism.
  • India's response to 2008 Mumbai attacks was criticized as inadequate.
  • India needs to "delegitimize terrorism" and convince the world of its global danger.
  • India's new approach may lead to a re-evaluation of international responses to terrorism.
  • India's shift to a more assertive policy marks a departure from earlier responses.