Nation At 9: Fierce politics breaks out on the eve of PM's Dusshera rally

| Monday, October 10, 2016 - 23:38
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Tomorrow is Dusshera — a day that marks the triumph of good over evil. It's a day the PM has termed very special. The statement is enigmatic.
It has led to speculation that when Prime Minister takes the stage in Lucknow to address a rally he will dedicate the day to the valour of the armed forces and the heroism we witnessed when they crossed the LoC to avenge Pakistan's cowardly Uri attack. The intent is noble. The cause is worthy and the moment symbolic.
But there are a few politicians who don't quite see it this way. For them the PM's speech is part of a massive political ploy crudely described the other day by Rahul Gandhi as an attempt at ‘khoon ki dalali’ for votes.
Today UP chief minister and self-professed Rahul Gandhi admirer has endorsed his friend's dalali characterisation. The endorsement has sent political temperatures soaring. The BJP is sparring now with the Samajwadi Party aside from the Congress accusing it of insulting the valour of forces.
Points are being scored over who is more committed to the armed forces, who has done more harm to dent the morale of the forces over the last few decades? Why are ministers and netas either gloating over or deliberately trivialising the surgical strike? Whether the decision to publicise the strikes was timed to the UP polls? Whether seeking proof of the surgical strike is anti-national? Lost in the cross-fire however and this is the real tragedy are the two most important questions: Is the evil of political one upmanship only going to embolden Pakistan to target India further? Will our netas ever be able to sacrifice political compulsion at the high altar of national interest?
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