Retired army officer Major General GD Bakshi, whose speech on Thursday at an extramural lecture at IIT-Madras was severely criticised by a student of the institute, has said that he stands by his comments.
According to Abhinav Surya, an MTech student, the address, which was on the subject ‘Rise of the Indian Army and National Security’, was ‘filled with hatred instigating violence among the students… heavily loaded with brewing enmity, inhumanity and glorification of brutality’, and that ‘the best way to strengthen unity was to fight Pakistan’.
Speaking to The News Minute, Bakshi said he stands by what he had said in the lecture and 99.9% of the crowd supported him. “It was just 10-12 Kashmiri students and other left wing liberals who protested.” He went on to slam them saying they only try to ‘promote sedition in our campuses’. He justified the use of nuclear weaponry saying India couldn’t afford to be ‘stabbed in the back’.
“So many men have laid down their lives to fight in these wars, and we should respect them and do justice to them. I am amazed that this is called hate speech”, he added.