Neha Kapoor, reporter to The Hindu, manages to grab hold of the ever-busy, erudite honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and when he thinks solutions to the Pathankot attacks will start arising from discussions on the problems, as well as clearing up the relationship between India and Pakistan.
Journalist: We have a crisis at hand, so how was the committee before the crisis and how do you think is it going to be after the crisis?
Prime Minister: The thing is that the committee was making valid points which will surely help our government to act upon the things to further implement them. The Congress was in power for over 20 years, and we (Bharatiya Janta Party) have only been in power for 2 years. We don’t understand why members of the Indian National Congress apply their brains when they’re in the committee, when we are in power, and they aren’t. They should’ve implemented these when they were in power not when we are in power.
Journalist: Since the past one and a half days, we’ve only been discussing problems and hardly any solutions have come up. There’s a lot of repetition going on. The Press has understood the issues, we would like to know the solutions now, so as to inform the people as well. What would you like to say about this?
Prime Minister: That is what we had decided. The agenda being a solution agenda, we decided to discuss the problems first, so we tried to frame it as a problem-solution sort of a committee to make it a little interesting . This is a three-day committee and we will make sure that after the third day we will come up with great solutions. As I said, “Ache din aayenge”, I will make sure that that also happens.
Journalist: People are alleging you that you planned the Pathankot Attacks, as just prior to these attacks you were in Pakistan meeting Mr. Nawaz Sharif. What would you like to say to these people?
Prime Minister: One of the Members of Parliament said that I speak Multani so I am a terrorist. I’d like to tell him that India is a democratic and secular nation with a number of linguistic groups and any language can be spoken here, so, if I’ve learnt Multani that is for my own benefit. Just because I learnt Multani, doesn’t mean that I am a terrorist. In two years, I have toured more than 20 countries, that doesn’t mean that all those countries are attacking us. Pakistan ek keeda hai and we have to eliminate whatever is happening there. I would also like to say that Mr. Nawaz Sharif will completely agree with me. But things like ISI or their military aren’t under his control, hence, he can’t do anything about it.
Journalist: India Intelligence Agencies are being compared to that of USA or Russia. Do you think that this comparison is correct?
Prime Minister: Comparison is okay to a certain extent, to see how our country is doing, however we must always remember that “Humaara Bharat Mahaan hai”. We have to work hard and there’s no point in saying that every country is amazing but ours. We can take examples, but not out rightly compare.