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Cross Border Votes

Cross Border Votes

Surgical strikes by the Indian army are set to affect the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh

High Ground Photograph by Getty Images

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  • Delhi CM Kejriwal was the first ­politician to raise doubts on the surgical strikes
  • Sangh parivar ­cadres are on an ­overdrive ­hyping up the surgical strikes against Pakistan
  • The Congress, the SP and the BSP are desperately seeking room to criticise Modi and Co.

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Military operations, in or outside the country, are armed expressions of ­political intent. Against Pakistan, they also symbolise political will, celebrated and applauded all around. This template boosted Lal Bahadur Shastri’s stature after 1965, transformed Indira Gandhi into a ‘Durga re-incarnate’ in 1971 and gave Atal Behari Vajpayee five more years in power after Kargil.

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