In 7 years, Modi govt bogged by 11,424 LoC ceasefire violations: RTI


By Quaid Najmi

Mumbai, May 8 (IANS): In a glaring indicator of the growing tensions in India's immediate neighbourhood, it has now emerged that there were a whopping 11,424 Ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the border under the seven years of the NDA government, compared with just 523 CFVs during the UPA's 10-year rule.

Year-wise, the border infringements shot up astronomically from just 1 in 2004 to a staggering 4,645 in 2020 - or a rough daily average of 13 - a year after India's sensational air-strikes in Balakot (Feb. 2019) and the country acquired a sleek fleet of Rafale fighter jets. (July 2020).

As per RTI replies given to Pune-based activist Prafful Sarda, the revelations largely pertain to the CFVs along the India-Pakistan borders (LoC), which has always been a super-sensitive issue with India.

However, the government has categorically refused to divulge details of CFVs on the India-China borders (LAC) including specific details of the Doklam incidents, under RTI Act, 2005, Sec. 8(1) (a), in the replies furnished by Brig. V. K. Bhat, CPIO, Indian Army Headquarters,

"The government ostensibly feels such disclosures could affect India's sovereignty and integrity, her security, strategic, scientific or economic interests, relation with foreign state, etc," Sarda told IANS.

The RTI replies reveal how during the UPA government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between 2004-2013, there were a total 523 CFVs on the border, starting with just one in 2004, 6 the next year and 3 the following year.

The CFVs entered the double-digit and kept fluctuating with ups and downs, starting with 21 in 2007, jumping to 77 in 2008, down to 28 in 2009, spelling relief.

From then, there was no looking down and the CFVs kept soaring each year, starting with 44 in 2010, 51 (2011), 93 (2012), and 199 in 2013, almost till the end of the UPA government's second term.

In the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA's first couple of years, things appeared bright with CFVs dropping from 199 the previous year (2013) to 153 in 2014 and 152 (2015).

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's unscheduled trip to greet former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif for his birthday on Dec. 2015, things were expected to improve further, but in 2016, there were 228 CFVs…!

The following year, 2017, when Nirmala Sitharaman became the Defence Minister the borders became hyperactive and the year saw 860 CFVs.

That was nearly four times compared with 228 in 2016 - when Pakistan rattled India with the Uri attacks and India retaliated with the 'surgical strikes' in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in September that year.

The CFVs became almost twice, going up to 1,629 in 2018 and again nearly doubled to 3,233 in 2019, but as the NDA 2.0 settled into its second term, there were 4,645 CFVs in 2020 with Rajnath Singh helming the Defence Ministry.

"As per the RTI replies, from 2004 till 2021, there were a total of 11,947 border skirmishes of which only 523 were between 2004-2013. In the past 7 years from 2014-2020, there were a stupendous 11,424 CFVs, including 524 in the first two months of 2021," Sarda pointed out.

India-Pakistan had first agreed to CFVs in 2003 and implement a truce along their de-facto border along the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Interestingly, Union Minister of State for Home G. K. Reddy informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply in Feb. 2021 that there were 2,140 CFVs in 2018, 3,479 in 2019 and 5,133 CFVs last year, when the country was enveloped under the Coronavirus pandemic and mostly remained under lockdown.

Reddy further stated that in those three years (2018, 2019, 2020), a total of 70 civilians and 72 security personnel were killed due to the CFVs.

"It appears that the number of CFVs have not decline since 2016, but the Indian defence forces are ever alert and fully geared to the border challenges with all forward posts along the LoC adequately strengthened to withstand enemy fire," said Sarda.

The RTI reply added that there are well-established SOPs to safeguard against enemy action along the LoC and minimize own (Indian) casualties, all infringements by Pakistani troops are retaliated appropriately, and raised with their top military authorities through established mechanisms of "hotline and flag meetings".

"These violations are also taken up through diplomatic channels by MEA with Pakistan to put pressure to cease such violations and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC," the government stated.

 

  

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    The 56 inch chest went for a toss and now the chest is shrunk to less than 5.6 cms..... He was screaming at the top of his voice and a lady was saying we have to bring back 10 of their heads for one of ours.... Now we are left with the one playing with peacocks, feeding parrots, fancy dress like Tagore, doing yoga on rocks, building walls to cover up when some foreign leaders visit, blaming Nerhu. One side China has occupied, another side Pakistan is continuously trying to infiltrate, but we are stuck with the cow, cow dung and cow urine.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Is this the result of Modi’s own Surgical Strikes?????......No wonder the photographs shown by BJP were all chopped trees in Balakot no terrorists dead bodies seen. This fake narrative by Modi shows our brave and efficient army in bad light while the same army was putting up a brilliant show under the leadership of UPA. That’s why no press conferences by this fake govt since 2014 to hide behind the fake bhashans but one way fake monologue monkey Ba’ath.

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  • Ajay, Mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    The enemy too know that Modi is a weak leader.

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  • arm, Mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Chowkidar was doing time pass visiting another building Chowkidar.

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  • william, mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Prioritized only religion and cow based politics, nothing else. Bhakts clapped by saying he is working round the clock. Infact the reality is in front of all of us.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Modi promised BIG. He said DeMo will stop cross-border violations. When it didn't, he said abrogation of Art.370 will stop cross-border violations. What more will he say hereafter ?? Which government proved expensive for us citizens ? UPA, or BJP ? When did we oay less for fuel and consumables - before 2014, or after ? If BJP continues on power, we will lose even the savings we have in our accounts and end up begging.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, May 08 2021

    A Government has virtually no role in the matter. An army is created for the purpose. So, the Government is not 'bogged' at all. Well, if supporters are looking for excuses for the gross mismanagement of the economy, they will find many such excuses.

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  • Tamma Hazare, Mangalore

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Mangalurian, Mangaluru, You must be living in Mars, I thought Mangalore in costal Karnataka. Your claim ""A Government has virtually no role in the matter."" is not only laughable but also indicated how blind you are. Whose responsibility is International relations?? Citizens or Army's?? That's why we have a government in the centre, to deal with other countries. Otherwise, when you have 40 CMs, why need a PM? When a government knows how make peace with her neighbour, the tensions in border reduces. Since this Fakirji came to power, we had border issue even with Nepal. None of the immediate neighbours are very friendly with us. The problem is if there is peace with your neighbour, then the army loses it's importance. That's the one reason, why Pakistan Army want to keep reminding it's citizens about the dangers that India poses and the importance of Army. This is the reason , why there were so many times, military ruled Pakistan and still holds power even in the day to day business of the government. What Fakirji did was, took the same theme of Pakistan Army and makes sure the border issue is still comes up during every election. He even became Chowkidar as well as his blind bhakths. Unfortunately these chowkidars do not have guts and they are chowkidars only to gain votes, the moment Chinese Army occupied Indian soil, all Chowkidars folded their tail and went to rat hole. The real chowkidars were the one who fought with Chinese Army. RSS/Modi do not want to live with peace with neighbours and the longer they keep the border tension, the longer they can stick to power by using the names of Pakistan and China to get votes as well gets emotional.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, May 08 2021

    average daily 4 to 5 violations ... that means enemy is not scared...

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  • HENRY MISQUIITH, India

    Sat, May 08 2021

    Shame on modi & his team , even foreign countries are mocking us now by his illiteracy., People should wake up & throw out this man who , it seems has vowed to finish off this great country.

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