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Army tweets poem which says power is essential for peace


IANS New Delhi
Hours before the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday carried out air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) on largest terror camp Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Indian Army tweeted lines from a Hindi poem saying that politeness before enemy can be mistaken as cowardness and that power begets peace.
The lines, by famous Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, were tweeted by Additional Director General (Public Information) from its official handle. Dinkar is famous for his poems of "veer ras" (bravery).
"If you are docile and polite before the enemy, he may consider you a coward, the way Kauravas treated Pandavas," it says.
Peace overtures, the poem says, are possible only when you are in a powerful position and capable to win.
The Indian Air Force carried out the strike early Tuesday on a JeM camp twelve days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror strike in Pulwama.
JeM had taken responsibility for the terror attack.
The Indian Army had also conducted surgical strikes across LoC after the terror attack on its camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 9:52 PM IST

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