20 October, 2020

I Don’t Think Lessons Are Taught By Exaggerated Surgical Strikes: P Chidambaram

Former Union home and finance minister P. Chidambaram talks to Outlook on a range of topics from the Pulwama terror attack, the grand opposition alliance to Rafale deal and cow vigilantes.

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I Don’t Think Lessons Are Taught By Exaggerated Surgical Strikes: P Chidambaram
outlookindia.com
2019-02-22T19:17:33+05:30

Former Union home and finance minister P. Chidambaram is busy putting toge­ther the Congress manifesto before the forthcoming general elections. His book Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India (Rupa), a collection of his articles published in The Indian Express in 2018 is just out. Chidambaram talks to Satish Padmanabhan on a range of topics from the Pulwama terror attack, the grand opposition alliance to Rafale deal and cow vigilantes. Excerpts…

How should India react to the Pulwama terror attack? How would have you handled it as home minister?

I condemn the Pulwama incident. But the alleged perpetrator is an Indian, a Kashmiri. He is not a Pakistani. He claims to have been influenced or indo­ctrinated by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, maybe that’s true. But if young men are pushed into the arms of militant organisations, whatever we do on the border, whatever we do to contain Pakistan, whatever we do to stop infiltration, whatever we do of cross-border action, is not going to yield any...

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