PM silent on attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added another milestone to his expanding footprint of strategic silence, uttering not a word on the attack on the army camp in Jammu that has left five soldiers and a civilian dead.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 13.02.18
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Battleground: Security personnel take position during an encounter with militants holed up in 
a building near a CRPF camp at Karan Nagar in Srinagar on Monday. (PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added another milestone to his expanding footprint of strategic silence, uttering not a word on the attack on the army camp in Jammu that has left five soldiers and a civilian dead.

As is his wont, Modi signalled that his silence was well calibrated by tweeting about an air crash in Moscow. "Deepest condolences on the tragic loss of life in today's air crash in Moscow. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims," Modi tweeted from Oman on Sunday night.

The silence opened his government to criticism across social media platforms as people cited his tweet on the air crash and asked whether he had any words on those who lost their lives in the attack on the Sunjuwan military camp.

Earlier milestones on Modi's terrain of silence include lynchings by cow vigilantes, the Rohith Vemula case, the stand-off with China over Doklam, the privacy judgment that went against the government's stand in court, and the decision of the four senior Supreme Court judges to speak out against the functioning of the Chief Justice of India.