[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]F[/dropcap]or the first time in the history of independent India, a Prime Minister has issued a literal demarche to neighbouring Pakistan for its role in exporting terrorism to India and other countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday evening, went a step further and directly addressed the people of Pakistan from Kozhikode in Kerala and told them that the Pakistani government and military were taking them for a ride by denying them even basic rights like food, clothing and shelter.
Addressing a mammoth rally at the Kozhikode beach as a prelude to the two-day national council meeting of the BJP, Prime Minister Modi warned Pakistani leadership that India would neither forget nor forgive the killing of its 18 soldiers at Uri in Kashmir by Pakistani terrorists. “India is hurt and you are in for an apt reply from us,” Modi told Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the speech which has been telecast live by all National and International News Channels.
He came, he spoke and he conquered…
– Veteran journalist P Narayanan
This was the first public speech by Prime Minister Mod since the Pakistani terrorists ambushed the command headquarters of the Indian Army last week killing 18 soldiers. Speaking directly to the people of Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that their leaders were from undivided India. “Before 1947, there was no Pakistan. Foe the people in Pakistan, the undivided India was their motherland. Since Pakistan was carved out in 1947, you please see for yourself what has happened to your country. The Pakistan government could not protect and save East Pakistan. It became Bangladesh, another sovereign country. The Pakistani government has failed to protect and save Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit, Pushtoons and even the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. What are they going to do with Kashmir when they could not ensure the safety and welfare of the country which they are ruling?” Prime Minister Modi asked the people of Pakistan.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]H[/dropcap]e said India was not afraid of waging a war against Pakistan. “But we would like to wage a different war. A war on poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, malnutrition, infant mortality and the ill health plaguing expectant mothers. Come on, my dear friends. Lets wage a battle on these issues and see for ourselves who wins the war. It will benefit millions and millions of humanity in both the country,” thundered Modi.
In a scathing attack on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is going around the world and pleading with everyone to help him in the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Modi said that Sharif was singing the lyrics written and composed by terrorists. “He is singing paeans to the terrorists. It is an open secret that Pakistan has become a safe haven for global terrorists. Terrorists who unleash attacks all over the world killing innocent people fly back to Pakistan. You take the case of any terrorist attacks in the world. The perpetrators of the act come from Pakistan and after the crime they fly back to the safety of Pakistan,” said Modi in a hard hitting speech which has already set a global discussion. The Prime Minister ridiculed Sharif for reading out at the UN General Assembly last week the script prepared by terrorists.
As a parting punch, Modi told the people of Pakistan. “India is exporting software. Our software experts are working all over the world helping the global economy to flourish while Pakistan is exporting terrorism and terrorists. The whole world knows that Pakistan is the fountainhead of terrorism. Millions of Pakistani youth are left unemployed and starving while their political and military leaders are pampering terrorists and terrorism,” lambasted Modi. He also said the day is not far off when Pakistani people, suffering from poverty, malnutrition, diseases, unemployment and state sponsored terrorism rise in revolt against the government and ruling establishment of that country.
Modi established an instant rapport with the people of Kozhikode by beginning his speech in Malayalam and invoking Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja and the Zamorin of Malabar, the local icons respected all over Kerala. He paid rich tributes to millions of Malayali expatriates working in many countries. “They had to leave the Kerala shore because there are no opportunities in this State. The Congress and the Communists who rule the State alternately between themselves have ensured that Kerala does not progress like other parts of the country,” said Modi.
“He came, he spoke and he conquered”, said veteran journalist P Narayanan, when asked about the Prime Minister’s speech.