“The army is now like Cinderella getting all the love
and attention but it won’t be long before all is forgotten and it starts
receiving step-motherly treatment again.”
Anuradha Mathur, 56 APO (India Today, July 26, 1999. Letters.)
“My soldierly instincts tell me that we must remain alert.”
Gen. V P Malik, during the pullout operation by Pakistan, in an interview to CNN.
“After 65 years of being here, I have to prove my loyalty
Dilip Kumar, on being provoked by the Shiv Sena chief’s demand to
return the Nishan-e-imtiaz award to Pakistan.
“The good news about Kargil is it united our nation;
the bad news is we lost young, brave soldiers;
the ugly part is the enemy refuses to accept its dead.”
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) S P Makkar (India Today, August 2, 1999. Letters.)
“What strikes me is that one the one hand, both countries
are basically boasting about their success — for domestic consumption.
And for the outside world, both say
they have been victims of aggression.”
Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, on the post-Kagil
situation in India and Pakistan.
“It appears to be a typographical error
but we express our sincere regrets.”
Army spokesman Col. Shruti Kant, playing down the incident of the military
erroneously declaring Grenadier Y S Yadav dead and awarding him
a PVC posthumously.
“The enemy is such that it can’t call its own men its own,
and it thus cannot be trusted.”
Ge. V P Malik, Army Chief, saying that the war in Kargil was not yet over.
“A politician’s smile is sinister, reflecting
his inner motives. But the soldier’s is a tired yet contended one,
showing he has done his job.”
Aravind Gowda from Bangalore in India Today, August 9, 1999.
“Go and kill a few more Pakastanis.”
Nana Patekar, actor, asking Capt. S Jadhav in Drass to lose some weight
by killing the enemy.
“The difference between 1965, 1971 and now
is television. Leaders get on TV and say the most ridiculous things.”
KPS Gill, former chief of Punjab police, about politicians
speaking on the Kargil war, in The Indian Express.
“Well, Islamabad has won the toss — Delhi will dictate the rest of the match.”
India Today editorial, June 7, 1999.
“I am sure our jawans at the front
must have been really overjoyed.”
LK Advani, Home Minister, after India beat pakistan in the
Super Six encounter of the World Cup in cricket.
“I did not realize that the Lahore road would lead to Kargil.”
AB Vajpayee, PM, asking why Pak had not raised doubts about
the LOC during his trip.
“Pakistan understands the language of bullets,
not peace and friendship.”
Farooq Abdullah, J&K chief minister.
“I will not hesitate to send all my three sons to the front.”
Santosh kanwar, widow of Kargil hero Mangej Singh.
“Why should I cry? Everyone dying there is my son.”
Malti, mother of maj. R Adhikari, who died in Kargil.
“My contribution is nothing compared to what
the jawans are going through.”
Rangarao V Pawar, who donated the Rs 5 lakh he had saved for
his daughter’s wedding, to the disabled soldier’s fund.
“When two countries are fighting it’s veru hard to go out
and play on the cricket field.”
Sachin tendulkar, cricketer.
“It is time our forces were allowed to cross the LOC
and liberate Pak-occupied Kashmir.”
Kalyan Singh, Uttar pradesh CM.
“If Pakistan wants this to end in the battlefield, then it will go on.”
George fernandes, defence minister, on the options before India
to end the war in Kargil.
“Hope the ‘lest we forget’ tribute to heroes
isn’t turned into a ‘best we forget’ one by our leaders and babus after the war.”
Wg. Cdr. SC Kapoor in India Today, Letters, July 12, 1999.
“Why should I cry ? Everyone dying on the front is my son and I pray that next time I get 10 sons, all for the country.”
Mother of Major Adhikari, killed in Drass Sector.
“May every home produce a son like you so that the enemy dare not touch the territorial sanctity of our country.”
Mother of Lt. Saurav Kalia, killed in Kargil
“I feel privileged as the country is proud of my son who has become a martyr … and is immortal.”
Father of Flt Engr. Raj Kishore Sahu, killed in Kargil
She said that she wants to send all her three sons to the front. “I won’t hesitate, and I shall be proud if they die defending the country like their father,” she said in honour..
the widow of Naib Subedar Mangel Singh
“We want peace but it cannot be one-sided.”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Prime minister
“The enemy has started the fight, but it is we who will fire the last shot, and the war will end only on our terms. That is our choice.”
“From here we can continue to build. We lost some time, but that phase is over.”
Jaswant Singh, external affairs minister.
“Our officers are not directing the battle from behind, but are right in the front.”
George Fernandes, Defence minister.
“Pakistan understands the language of bullets, not peace and friendship.”
Farooq Abdullah, J&K chief minister
“There is world of difference between the India and Pakistan economy.”
Yashwant Singh, Finance Minister.
Kashmiris would rather die following the footsteps of Gandhi Ji than accept the two nation theory. We want to link the destiny of Kashmir with India because we feel that the deal before India and Kashmir is one and the same
“The intrusion by heavily armed Pakistan-backed mercenaries across the Line of control (LoC) into the Kargil sector under the cover of heavy artillery fire has threatened to sour the spirit of the Lahore Declaration.”
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
“We will not hesitate to use any weapon in our arsenal as our security is more dear to us than the advice of international leaders which is one-sided “
Foreign Secretaryof Pakistan, Shamshad Ahmad
“Win the skirmish.
Win the battle.
Win the war.”
An advt. slogan adopted by India Today.
Let every Indian,
No matter who,
No matter where,
Take a pledge on this,
The 53rd Independence day,
To do his or her duty,
To the fullest,
To his or her family,
To society at large,
And to our great nation…”
Copy of a DAVP advt. in The Pioneer.