INDIA has been acting with restraint despite “grave provocations” but if attacked will give a reply the aggressor will be unable to forget, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday, in a veiled warning to Pakistan.
He made the remarks after launching a compilation of 95 speeches delivered by President Ram Nath Kovind during his second year in office. The books titled ‘Republican Ethic (vol. 2)’ and ‘Loktantra ke Swar (khand 2)’ have been brought out by the Publications Division under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu flanked by Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar (R) and Thawar Chand Gehlot releases a book of selected speeches by President Ram Nath Kovind ‘The Republican Ethic’, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
Referring to a quote from the books on India’s commitment to protecting the sovereignty of the country through peaceful means, the Vice President said India has always strongly adhered to the values of peace and cooperation but warned the country would give a befitting reply to any acts of aggression against it.
“If you go through the history of India, it was never an aggressor, never attacked any country in spite of being known as ‘vishwaguru’ (world leader), in spite of having maximum GDP, much before others. India never attacked any other country,” Naidu said.
“All other Tom, Dick and Harry came and attacked us, ruled us, ruined us and cheated us... But we Indians, never attacked any country,” Naidu said, adding that this has been stressed by the President in his speeches also.
India believes that the entire world is one family and therefore why should it quarrel, he said.
The problems could be resolved through discussion, debate and decision and that is the way forward, he said.
“If you want to live in harmony, in peace, you must live together, work together, and then move together. That is the philosophy of India,” the vice president said.
“In spite of grave provocations, you must be seeing in the recent past, we are not doing anything, but if somebody attacks us, we will give a reply to them which they will not be able to forget for the rest of their lives,” Naidu said, without naming any country.
This, he added, should be understood by everyone, including the provocateurs. His remarks come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.