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Surgical Strike Day not compulsory: Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar  

‘Thousands and lakhs of students want to hear about it’

Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that the celebration of September 29 as Surgical Strike Day in universities was not compulsory, but said such an event was decided on the advice of many students.

He said this after Congress leader Kapil Sibal denounced the decision as “politicisation”, and wondered whether the University Grants Commission (UGC) would dare to observe November 8, when demonetisation took place, as a Surgical Strike Day on livelihoods.

“This is like a Gyan (knowledge) Yagya. There is no compulsion on anyone but thousands and lakhs of students want to hear about it and we have done this as per their advice,” Mr. Javadekar said. “We never make anything mandatory but thousands of institutes do it and millions of students listen to it.”

He added, “On the 29th, which is the second anniversary of the surgical strikes, there should be a special NCC (National Cadet Corps) parade and NCC officials should explain to students how the nation is protected, how the Army defends the nation, and what was special about the surgical strikes.”

He also hit out at the Congress.

‘No politicising’

“I must denounce the Congress charge that we are politicising the surgical strike. We are not politicising but telling students how the armed forces defend our country, how they conducted the surgical strike and how they also do very necessary civilian duties,” Mr. Javadekar said.

Asked why earlier strikes were also not being celebrated, he said, “Good suggestions can be always given and that is always welcome.”

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