“The word pitai shouldn’t be used for our jawans,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar criticises Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was criticised on Monday by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for using the word “PITAI” when referring to Indian soldiers following their recent altercation with Chinese soldiers in Arunachal Pradesh, according to NDTV. Mr Gandhi had, while criticising Prime Minister Modi on alleged Chinese advances in Arunachal Pradesh, said “hamare jawanon ki pitai ho rahi hai (our troops are being beaten up)”.
“We have no problems if there are political differences, even if there is political criticism. I have heard sometimes that my own understanding needs to be deepened. When I see who is giving the advice, I can only bow and respect, but I think we shouldn’t directly or indirectly criticise our jawans. Our jawans are standing in Yangtse at 13,000 feet, defending our border, they do not deserve to have the word ‘pitai’. The word ‘pitai’ shouldn’t be used for our jawans,” Mr Jaishankar said.
“China has taken our land. They are beating out soldiers. The threat of China Is clear. And the government is hiding it, ignoring it. China is preparing for an offensive in Ladakh and Arunachal. And the government of India is sleeping,” further stating that S Jaishankar’s comments demonstrated a need for him to learn more about China.