Had Narendra Modi been the PM of India during the 1965 war, what would have been the result?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 05, 2020 04:46 PM 0 Answers
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Had Narendra Modi been the PM of India during the 1965 war, what would have been the result?

Mudassir Ali
- Jan 05, 2020 04:46 PM

Over the years, I’m coming across these kinds of questions where many Indians have a genuine belief that things would have been totally different in past if Modi was living in any particular area. Before I say anything about Narendra Modi in context to 65 war, I would like to speak about Former Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in same scenario.

When Shastri took charge as Indian Prime Minister on 9 June 1964, there were doubts if he is the right person who could lead India. India’s defeat in 62 Sino-India war and then the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964 were back to back upsets. Pakistani regime knew that the morale of the Indian state is down and they were planning for Operation Gibraltar behind the scenes.

So Mr. Shastri was in line to face Ayub Khan who was a very powerful and highly skillful leader of his era.

When Pakistan sent Mujahideen in August 1965 as part of Operation Gibraltor with an assumption that Shastri will not be able to deal with it and things will eventually go in Pakistan’s favor. Lal Bahadur Shastri surprised Pakistan’s side where India attacked at International boundary of Pakistan on Sep 06, 1965 to counter their strike at Kashmir. Ayub Khan and his company never ever imagined that Lal Bahadur Shastri will go to that level. I’m not going to create unnecessary debate who won the war but it is obvious that Pakistan’s attempt to conquer Kashmir was tackled very well by Shastri.

Both Pakistan and India met each other in USSR where they signed the peace agreement widely known as the Tashkent Declaration. It was signed on January 10, 1966 and surprisingly Mr. Shastri passed away very next day. This picture reminds me, gentleman spirit of Ayub Khan who showed his respect to deceased Lal Bahadur Shastri despite the political rivalry.

Now come to the main question

Had Narendra Modi been the PM of India during the 1965 war, what would have been the result?

My safe assumption is there wouldn’t have been 1965 war. As long as there was Nehru in the office, Pakistan didn’t plan things like Operation Gibraltor to get Kashmir. Lal Bahadur Shastri compared to Nehru was not very popular and there were doubts at his abilities. 65 war made him a folk hero in India.

No disrespect but Narendra Modi seems very strong and has a cult following in India compared to Lal Bahadur Shastri. His hardline policy regarding Pakistan is very clear to everyone. Pakistani think tanks know that Mr. Modi will go to any extreme action if Pakistan attacks on India the way they did in 1965 and then in 1999.

So it is in the better interest of our region to have strong leadership at both ends which will reduce the chances of conflicts like 65.

So my conclusion is there wouldn’t have been a war of 65 if Modi was living in that era.

Love & Regards

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