The Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, after returning from France responded to the Opposition’s criticism over ‘Shastra Puja’ at the Delhi airport. He very nonchalantly and calmly reiterated that he believes in his faith and thus he performed the ritual in France. He also very subtly spoke about the differences in the opinions of many leaders in the Congress party while expressing that he would not have mocked someone's faith. The Denefce Minister was returning from France after receiving the first Rafale aircraft at the Merignac Air Base in France. He also flew in the jet for 25-minutes along with Dassault Aviation pilot Philippe Duchateau.
Responding to the Opposition's criticism over performing of 'Shastra puja', Singh said, "People can say whatever they want. I did what I thought was right and I will continue to do so. This is our faith, that there is a superpower and I have believed it since childhood."
"People from all religions have the right to pray according to their beliefs. I would not have objected if someone else had done the same. I feel there must have been a difference of opinion over the issue in Congress as well, it would not have been everybody's opinion," he said.
After his arrival, Rajnath Singh reiterated that his trip to France was a sccess and that he held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron for over 35 minutes. The Defence Minister also said that India does not intend to intimidate anyone by increasing its defence capabilities. He said, "Seven Rafale jets will arrive in India by April or May. The aircraft is capable of reaching up to the speed of 1800 kmph. I flew in a Rafale jet at the speed of 1,300 kmph. The credit for the successful acquisition of the jets goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
"After induction of Rafale fighter aircraft, the combat capability of the Indian Air Force will increase. We don't want to intimidate anyone by doing so. We will neither fear anyone nor will we intimidate," he added. He also said that some IAF officers were undergoing training in France to operate the aircraft.
(With ANI Inputs)