Amit Shah: No one can snatch an inch of Indian land; over-activism avoidable

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

October 18, 2020 1:34:47 am

Home Minister Amit Shah (File)

In the backdrop of continuing standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh, Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that no one can snatch even an inch of India’s land and whatever is happening both on the Line of Control and the Line of Actual Control will be answered both diplomatically and militarily.

“There are military and diplomatic-level talks going on. I do not want to comment (on the talks), but I will reiterate what (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has said. We are conscious of every inch of our land and no one can snatch it from us,” Shah said in an interview to CNN News18.

Referring to the Galwan clashes, he said, “…If our forces weren’t ready, there wouldn’t have been clashes that day.”

Shah was critical of the controversy over the Tanishq advertisement and said such “over-activism” is avoidable. “Such small attacks on India’s social harmony cannot break it. This fabric is very strong. It has withstood many attacks. The British tried it and even the Congress tried it. But it is unbreakable. I believe there should be no over-activism of any kind,” he said.

He was also critical of a recent letter by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in which he mocked the Shiv Sena for having become “secular”. Shah said, “I have read the letter and he has made a passing reference. But even I feel he could have chosen his words carefully.”

On Bihar polls, Shah reiterated BJP’s stand that Nitish Kumar would be chief minister if the NDA wins. “After we formed the government with Nitish Kumar, at that time itself we had decided that we will fight the 2020 elections under the leadership of Nitish Kumar…”

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