Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers in Uttarakhand. (Source: Narendra Modi’s website) 

‘Big Mistake’ To Think Pakistan Will Mend Its Ways After Just ‘One War’, Says PM Modi

Amid criticism that the surgical strike failed to check Pakistan's support for terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that it would be a "big mistake" to think that Pakistan will mend its ways after just "one war".

"Pakistan will never improve on the basis of one war.,” the Prime Minister's Office tweeted, quoting Modi.

Quoting from Modi's interview, broadcast by various TV channels, the PMO tweets covered a wide range of issues, including demands for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Urjit Patel's resignation as the Reserve Bank of India governor, demonetisation, mob lynching and BJP's defeat in three Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh.

On demands from Hindutva organisations, including the RSS, for a government ordinance to allow construction of a Ram temple, Modi said, "Let the judicial process take its own course. Don't weigh it in political terms. Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever be our responsibility as government, we are ready to make all efforts."

Rejecting opposition charges that his government was anti-farmer, the Prime Minister said, "There is a small segment of farmers who take loans from banks. A majority of them take loans from money lenders. When governments make such announcements, those farmers don't become beneficiaries of waivers. The farmers who are dying are out of the purview of such schemes."

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