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George Fernandes’s Emotional Speech In Singapore

George Fernandes fought back tears while delivering this emotional speech about India’s commitment to peace at a meeting of defence ministers in Singapore in 2002. The former defence minister was speaking at the height of the 2001-02 standoff with Pakistan. It was sparked by a terror attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 by suspected Pakistan-backed operatives. As India and Pakistan went on to amass nearly a million troops on the border, terrorists assassinated Kashmiri separatist leader Abdul Ghani Lone in Srinagar in May. This flared tensions further and brought the two countries closer to war. In 1999, Fernandes had also overseen the Kargil War between the two nuclear powers. He died on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s.

01/29/2019 1:14 PMupdated: 02/05/2019 12:46 PM
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  • Brut India
    03/06/2019 15:25

    This is how people on the streets are reacting to the India-Pakistan tensions.

  • Richa D.
    03/05/2019 04:17

    He is on point. That still stands true. India never made the first call to attack. What was chosen to do was in response to an attack. Too bad idealism doesn't save lives when the enemy consistently has proven to be unworthy of our generosity and greatness. But by all means, let's just only keep losing our people in attacks and not respond because we are being intellectually stunted. It was the army that had to decide the legitimacy of response and they chose to do so. It only has to be their call one way or another over media-driven hyperactive emotional citizens, at both ends. Welcome to harsh times once again.

  • Amit K.
    03/05/2019 02:10

    We still want war

  • Krunal P.
    03/05/2019 00:23

    Such wisdom- "saynotowar" should come before terrorist attacks not after the retaliation

  • Khateeb S.
    03/04/2019 12:22

    Angry Young man of indian politics... The union leader....

  • Pratyush A.
    03/04/2019 11:48

    2002 ke sansad ke hamle ke baad dono taraf sena khadi hogyi Ek wo daur aur Mumbai me itna bda aatankwadi hamla hua kon karaya bhi pta chal gya fir bhi us time ki govt sirf tamasha dekhti rahi

  • Naveed X.
    03/04/2019 10:23

    Muslims is not safe in india terrorists

  • Tashi D.
    03/04/2019 08:39

    Those who r Coward says No to War.Only the Bravest Survives💪🏻

  • Sunny G.
    03/04/2019 08:09

    What do u mean by SUSPECTED ACTIVITIES 😈😈shame on u 👎👎this shows yr hate towards India 😈😈

  • Anish T.
    03/04/2019 07:25

    might have been called rice bag anti national if there was Facebook then, may be.. :/

  • Bhat S.
    03/04/2019 07:11

    What about us ...

  • Balaji R.
    03/04/2019 07:10

    yes .this time its self defence only.

  • ফারদিন শ.
    03/04/2019 07:10

    We all have learnt during our childhood in every classes,poem,stories that war only brings out huge destructions and life losses so this speech is justified! And obviously terror should be ended.

  • Nikhil K.
    03/04/2019 07:09

    But sadly nothing has improved yet! Pakistan as usual helping terrorists sneaking out to cause disturbance in Kashmir, causing great distress to local who want to lead peaceful life! I hope heydays will come soon to Kashmiri families of ours! 🙂

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