India never attacks other nations, but "will not count bullets" if forced to retaliate to an aggression, Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday. Singh was addressing Border Security Force personnel at the Munabao outpost in Rajasthan, on the second day of his survey of the India-Pakistan border.
Singh said, “Our heritage is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning the whole world is one family,” according to a statement released by the Press Information Bureau. Singh was attempting to boost the morale of troops there, the release claimed, and promised them that infrastructure would be improved at the outpost. Among the assurances were a parallel road along the border fence, floodlights that would help them patrol the area more easily, and better mobile connectivity.
On Friday, Singh had met jawans in Murar and Jaisalmer district. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
Singh's remarks come ten days after India said it launched "surgical strikes" along the Line of Control to target Pakistani terror launchpads. Tensions have escalated between the neighbouring countries since the Uri attacks on September 18, in which four militants from across the border launched a siege an army camp and left 19 soldiers dead. Both India and Pakistan have made strong statements warning of military action, and attacked each other at global diplomatic events.