The government on Tuesday warned against jingoism over the escalating border tensions with Pakistan, saying that while the entire country is outraged over the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers on the LoC, the responses should be left to "professionals tasked with the responsibility".
"Expressing outrage is understood, but there is need to keep away from jingoism," information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said on the sidelines of an event here.
Tewari's statement came in response to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj reportedly saying that if the missing head of an Indian soldier could not be brought back from Pakistan then "at least 10 heads should be brought from their side". "There is no doubt that the entire country is outraged about the way our armed forces have been treated. However, the response is best left to professionals who are tasked with the responsibility," he said.
"There is need to calm down..There has to be an element of sobriety,' said Tewari, while also denying any discrepancy in the responses of the government and that of the armed forces to the border tensions, especially with the latter striking a tough line. "There is no discrepancy at all. We have expressed our concern and outrage. We should leave the response to professionals..which means the national security establishment," he said.
Border tensions between India and Pakistan have sharply escalated since January 6 when a Pakistani soldier was killed allegedly in firing by Indian troops on the Line of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.