NEW DELHI/ JHAJJAR: Defence minister Rajnath Singh has said that it was unfortunate and surprising that opposition parties try to stoke controversies for political gains even if it causes damage to the country’s reputation.
Singh, who unveiled the statue of Prithvi Raj Chouhan at Jhajjar in Haryana on Sunday, said that seeing the lotus in the G20 logo, some people raised objections, which was unfortunate as it was declared the national flower in 1950. “It sounds strange, they want that lotus should be discarded just because it’s a party symbol. By that logic, what about hand and cycle?” he asked.
Congress has accused BJP of promoting its poll symbol, while the saffron party claimed its rival was denigrating India’s national flower.
The defence minister asserted that safeguarding national interests is the main focus of the BJP-led government and anyone casting an evil eye on India will be given a befitting reply.
“India is no longer weak. Our soldiers have proved this time and again,” Singh said while referring to the 2016 surgical strikes and 2019 Balakot airstrikes. He also mentioned the bravery shown by Indian soldiers during the Galwan Valley standoff in eastern Ladakh.
Singh also said that to get rid of the colonial mindset, the Narendra Modi government has taken a number of initiatives, including a new Indian Navy ensign inspired from Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji’s bravery, abolition of around 1,500 obsolete British-era laws, renaming of Rajpath as Kartavya Path and installation of a grand statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate.
“More than 1,500 archaic laws dating back to the British rule, whose relevance was completely over, have been abolished. There are many such laws for which we are preparing a scheme. We will scrap these too,” the minister said.
Terming Haryana and Jhajjar the land of the brave, the defence minister said that many from the region have laid down their lives for safeguarding the country’s borders. “In the Galwan valley, when there was standoff, our forces showed their valour and courage,” he said.
Referring to Pakistan, he said, “…And you have seen since India gained independence, Pakistan has been pushing terrorists into Jammu & Kashmir to foment trouble and create destability.”





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