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Missile Agni V is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan 26, 2013. — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: India wheeled out a new long-range nuclear missile that can hit anywhere in China and warned rival Pakistan not to take its friendship “for granted” as it celebrated its Republic Day with a big parade Saturday.

India successfully tested last April the Agni V missile, which has a range of 5,000 kilometres and can strike across the Chinese mainland and even hit targets as far away as Europe.

The first appearance in the annual parade of the Agni V — seen as marking a significant upgrade of India's nuclear deterrent — came along with the display of other military hardware acquired as part of a massive modernisation drive costing tens of billions of dollars.

The parade along New Delhi's ceremonial Rajpath, or King's Avenue, also included floats marking India's rich diversity and a tableau marking 100 years of Indian cinema wrapped in reels of film and embossed with movie names.

Large areas of the capital were sealed off for the celebrations — a traditional show of patriotic fervour — where Bhutan's king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was the chief guest.

India's shorter-range Agni I and II were developed with Pakistan in mind, while later versions reflect India's focus on China as well. India and China have prickly ties and a legacy of mistrust stemming from a brief border war in 1962.

On the eve of Republic Day, marking proclamation of India's constitution, President Pranab Mukherjee told Pakistan in his annual nationwide televised address that New Delhi's hand of friendship should “not be taken for granted”.

His speech, aired again on Saturday, came amid a ceasefire which took hold last week in disputed Kashmir after the nations agreed to halt cross-border firing that has threatened to unravel a fragile peace process.

“We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship...but this hand should not be taken for granted,” he said.

Before the ceasefire, Pakistan said three of its soldiers died in firing by Indian troops along a de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two nations.

India, in turn, accused Pakistani troops of killing two of its soldiers, one of whom was beheaded, and the Himalayan region remains on edge.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since partition in 1947, two of them over Kashmir, a territory which both claim.

Snipers manned rooftops along the route of the parade in New Delhi while helicopters monitored the area from above. Tens of thousands of security forces were deployed in the capital and country for the holiday celebrated across India to mark when the nation's constitution took effect.

In his speech, president Mukherjee also said it was time for India to “reset its moral compass” following the gang-rape and murder of a student last month that ignited nationwide demonstrations to press for better safety for women.

The death of the 23-year-old woman, “who was a symbol of all that new India strives to be”, had shattered the nation's complacency, he said.

“We lost more than a valuable life — we lost a dream” and “we must look deep into our conscience and find out where we have faltered”, he said.

Comments (134) Closed

pathanoo Jan 26, 2013 04:09pm
Zak, Before you call India "a starving dog," take a look at your own country - Pakistan
Ahmer Jan 26, 2013 05:22pm
Such display of hollow and painted tin cans will frighten neither Pakistan nor China.
vijaykumar,salem Jan 27, 2013 03:00pm
I Still remember the afghan terrorists were dancing whenever a american bomb fell on their soil for they had wasted a few millon dollars.What happened later?Afghanisthan was nearly flattened.Quiet similar words i find in ur comment.You have miles to go to catch up ..until then feel happy for chinese progress but not urs.Looks like pak.mindset will be like this forever.
Cyrus Howell Jan 26, 2013 05:47pm
Agree with you 100% Mohammed.
javed Jan 26, 2013 05:43pm
That missile thing is hoax , its made out of cardboard and carefully painted to scare pak
Cyrus Howell Jan 26, 2013 05:33pm
Is that significant? North Korea has a missile parade every Saturday.
Mukesh Jan 26, 2013 03:40pm
Probably you remember recently that some metal fell off when pakistan tested its missile that was put togather with rore and duct tape
you cut yours Jan 26, 2013 08:54pm
Scenario for your home....There is a murderer outside your home, will you feed your children first or will you protect your home boundary first...there are malnourished everywhere but you cannot open country's borders to ruthless maniacs to come and murder your nation...
Arif Khan Jan 26, 2013 12:10pm
This piece of empty tin is sheer display of propaganda,such drums wont fly in case of outbreak of War!
javed Jan 26, 2013 05:49pm
india is no longer poor.. it has so many rich people that u won't find anywhere in the world.. the property rates in india shored up in last decade making everyone a millionaire.. they just don't know how to use this money.. Government is poor, people are rich ...ppl don't pay taxes so lot of undocumented money in circulation. The poors are migrant labors from villages or from Bangladesh, who come in and build huts and live off of rags
Akhlesh Jan 26, 2013 10:07pm
China is a hegemonic power historically. Both India and Pakistan should be wary of it.
Assad Jan 26, 2013 02:07pm
Another very hypocritical and self serving statements by the Indian leadership! The Indians beheaded Pakistani troops in Kargil on more than a few occasions. For them to cry over dubious claims of beheading and act as if this is something unprecedented is mischievous to say the least. Perhaps the editor/s of this newspaper should also notice this piece in the Hindustan Times: "In her
pathanoo Jan 26, 2013 04:15pm
And I assume that you are an expert, Arif? Hope these drums never have to fly.
Dev Jan 26, 2013 01:51pm
India is a big and powerful country but has many problems like poverty India and Pak should not waste money on weapons and live like brothers.
Anirudh Jan 26, 2013 03:06pm
I appreciate the need for strong defence forces. But a country, whose police can't protect its people, has a long way to go before being called a superpower.
Secular no more Jan 26, 2013 04:16pm
Hee Sonika dont break the heart of my Pakistani friends...India neglecting Pakistan is some thing they cant stand......Guys dont worry Agni 5 is for you only....common cheers...:)
satish Jan 28, 2013 07:19am
@ Javed. dont be too optimistic. coz if there is a war.. you will not be glad to have called this a hoax ;-).
Cyrus Howell Jan 26, 2013 05:54pm
So true. War between India and Pakistan is an unrelenting bragging contest.
hello Jan 26, 2013 05:10pm
grapes are sour hahaha..........
Secular no more Jan 26, 2013 04:13pm
Assad i am with you....even if "Allah" comes to earth and tell never accept your are a true PAKISTANI you have all the qualities.....just save your nation now...its sinking.
Mohammed Yusaf Khan Jan 27, 2013 05:07pm
Thats the funniest thing i have read all day!!
Khan Jan 26, 2013 02:08pm
India can keep its warning for Naxalites , Pakistanis are not Gujarati or Kashmiri Muslims who can be killed freely by Hindu terrorists. Moderator you role is shady as I have seen Indians comments insulting Islam and Pakistan which you publish. Shame on you and dawn management
Rao Jan 27, 2013 03:01pm
Is it not -15%?...Check your facts
HsN Jan 26, 2013 08:07pm
Thanks for your kind words! it provided much needed comfort to us, but wait a minute dont you think if India ever use this big cylinder, then in return she will find similar on her horizon too. So the moral of story is, India will never use it -so we dont need to be worry- and in result she wont get any on her land -so you dont need to worry- so chill dear Sonika. THink about it ;)
choota khan Jan 26, 2013 04:46pm
Pakistan is a very powerful and rich country with homemade missiles,rich economy and high growth(15%) rate and is expected to surpass USA economy within 5 years. The west is misleading pak people with wrong figures. This is all anti Islamic propaganda
Bilal Jan 26, 2013 02:28pm
Dirty Politics doing the trick in India where Congress is trying to win back 'rights' vote by deliberately giving extreme statements to match those of BJP. Attempt of diminishing the 'Rape' impact is a smaller factor.
Mohammad sabir Jan 26, 2013 01:14pm
how this article has mixed up two things in one article. Now the sense of article has completely changed. Pakistan is too much concerned about india than itself. Try to work on common man than worry about army.
Yash Jan 27, 2013 12:31am
But their were no Pakistani troops involved as per your ex president Gen. mushraffe. How could you blame Indian army for such a crime .Please do reply. I may be wrong but do not think so. Love you Pakistanis An Indian
Secular no more Jan 26, 2013 04:02pm
I agree with you dude...ask Pakistan to stop bothering the world and make it a peace full place to live...and then we will surely invest more on Poverty.
Pavas Ambashta Jan 26, 2013 06:14pm
Then be happy!!! Recently, I saw an episode of a talk show called "Defense and Diplomacy" in which Pakistani defense analyst were literally pissed off of Agni-V, Akula and Arihant Submarines. Tell them not to worry as it is just a "piece of empty tin". :P
UNITED STATES OF INDIA Jan 26, 2013 04:21pm
Zak you should know AGNI-V is totaly home DRDO...INDIA dont have need to take money from any other else....LOOK AT THE INDIANS...INDIANS have MITTAL...AMBANI...TATA...When india should not compair to china ...pakistan should not compair to INDIA... YOU PAKISTANAIS Have a big problem that you always think that every one is like pakkistn... DONT YOU THINK THAT YOU GUYS ALWAYS LIKE TO tHINK ABOUT INDIA ..WHEN WE DONT....I CAN SMELL SOMETHING ..MAY BE SOME THING BURNING..
Mr.India Jan 26, 2013 06:21pm
what a joke? India begging world bank ?...My friend you need to introspect and ask yourself..Which country in our neighborhood is with a "begging bowl"....India will alleviate poverty at the same time we will modernize our hardware just so to deter if some one like to play 'a ball game or two' in future.
Sonika Jan 26, 2013 01:52pm
Agni-V is made for china only, Pakistan no need to worry...LOL
Secular no more Jan 26, 2013 04:04pm
Who asked you guys to see what we display in Our Republic Day...seriously we never watch what you guys do on your Independence day or any day for that matter....stop following us like a tail.
soly Jan 26, 2013 12:34pm
Another useless and utterly unecessary weapon showed by India and tactic to pushed pakistan for showing their bloody latest one... Unable to understand the purpose behind it.(for both pak.and India)...i am sure india could give shelter hundred of thousands slums if they wanted, intsead put mony on missile. likewise pakistan.
alien indian Jan 28, 2013 10:52am
jealousy is injurious to health
Sambasiva Jan 26, 2013 04:10pm
India's starvation is known to everybody - including you - as India is a democratic country with a free press. Who can see through China's iron curtain? Whatever China says you must believe, otherwise ....
Rao Jan 28, 2013 07:31am
In Pakistan, only 1 million out of 180 million pay taxes......In India 35% of the population pay taxes.....Look at the contrast
Mohammad sabir Jan 26, 2013 08:22pm
what do you mean by kashmiri muslims or gujrati? what have you done on terrorist attack killing more than 40000 people till now in pakista. And yes islam has been insulted by shia killing, exploding bombs at shrines and attacking teenagers like mallala. Don't be a war mongering chauvnist. There is hindu terrorist or not, Indians and nor any pakistani is required to interfere. India is capable to take care of itself. You first clean your house. And please don't pollute any religion or region with you lame comments.
MZ Jan 27, 2013 12:58am
India needs to understand that they should not take Pakistan's good gestures lightly, Pakistan is strong as well and cannot be bullied or impressed by the garbage display in Kings street. Go settle your your issues with your countrymen who raping innocent girls. Do something constructively instead of beating empty drums to scare Pakistan!!!!!!!!
doctor Jan 26, 2013 04:06pm
Not for China, all of this is for Pakistan (the golden goose). I wish Indians could live the happy, peaceful and prosperous life people in Pak are living.
romi singh Jan 26, 2013 06:36pm
I really can't understand how can you support chinese and hate India. If you really know the facts it's not Indians who stole technology from west but it is china.
Rajendra Jan 26, 2013 03:53pm
hey zak...mind it we r not like u people who lives on left over of china..... we r the nation who is with class culture and values ....what about u first look at yourself ....we Indians are not known as terrorists but what about u Pakistanis..... come on grow up
saju Jan 26, 2013 02:24pm
slow at steady pace, but long march, if you desire for peace, prepare for war. some one said, but only prepare, not the war. equal make the friendship with mighty arm, but not with hidden agenda.war ending with suffering and destruction for common man, but rich man are safe, including king.but pawn are killed first, no sword never brought peace,
Raj Jan 26, 2013 09:00pm
Yah true but its a must for the safety of those 1 billion plus population bacause we got a mad neighbour. So its as important as providing food to our poor population. If pakistan wouldn't have exsisted we could have focus on our society evils with more n more devotion. But all for this hell neighbour...hope you got it???
Pavas Ambashta Jan 26, 2013 06:08pm
Do not worry about India, worry about about 6000 people being killed in Pakistan every year in suicide attacks, Worry about about your sinking economy. Worry about your international reputation where the word Pakistan has become synonymous with Terror. Worry about your ongoing wrestling between Judiciary and Government..India has able and stable leadership to worry about it's problems!! As far as the matter of Agni-V being shown in parade, I don't think it is anyhow related to Pakistan. Do not give so much importance to yourself. For such a small nation like Pakistan we do not need a missile with 5500 Km of range.
pathanoo Jan 26, 2013 04:12pm
You don't like a free give and take, Huh! Mr. Khan. I didn't see any one insulting Islam here. No one should insult some one else's religion.
raja hindustani Jan 26, 2013 05:12pm
Still Pakistan spending 25% of budget in defense to counter India.....isn't it..?? ;)
Ahluwalia Jan 26, 2013 04:01pm
The forefathers if entire PAKISTAN were only indians and mostly HINDUS. Every human being is same specially the INDIANS & PAKISTANIS share the same culture and DNA. Why hold grudges against a brotherly country by blood bonds ? Specially if you are an educated person exposed to international media? Please tone down your hatred by giving love ,affection and friendship a chance instead of burdening your younger generation with your miss conceived out dated personal apprehensions
shabu Jan 27, 2013 04:44pm
good joke khan...thank you..!
ankit Jan 26, 2013 05:08pm
look at your's country where our gdp egual to ours state maharashtra , china is powerful because they economic reforms from 1970 and india from 1991 so there is decade gap ..............
Rao Jan 27, 2013 02:56pm
I don't understand why Pakistan tests the missile that have already been tested by North Korea / China...May be they want to see whether it will fly under the new Pakistani flag....LOL
Tojo Jan 26, 2013 05:05pm
Often the print media sensationalizes the news to prop up sale. Neither India or Pakistan are so dam foolish to unleash nuclear weapons on each other, nor do they have any will to do so. All such rhetorics are meant to appease each other's citizen.
M A Mufti Jan 26, 2013 05:04pm
I have long maintained that Dawn has outsourced the comment moderation to Banaras India
Rao Jan 27, 2013 02:47pm
Just because Pakistan gets its missiles from North Korea / China and paint it with Pakistan flags: do not think India does the same. Our missiles are designed and produced in our country and many people make their living because of that. Have you heard of our former President... Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam...a great scientist called Missile Man?
Rao Jan 27, 2013 03:17pm
I haven't seen a single comment insulting Islam, but a lot of comments criticizing Pakistanis.
Zak Jan 26, 2013 02:57pm
All this expense on Russian made missiles from borrowed money from world bank. Better feed their people. Forget china it's a dragon and India a starving dog.
indian Jan 26, 2013 03:37pm according to u a country shouldn't have missiles coz it has slum........?? by that logic no country in world should have missiles.......remember ur general ur self said...pakistan will eat grass but make its u who is eating grass
Rao Jan 27, 2013 03:09pm
That's not cylinder my dear.... a missile....May be Pakistan is show-casing huge cylinders manufactured in Karachi, because they are short of money to buy from China / North Korea, who do not give anything free like gullible Americans
Indian Jan 26, 2013 08:07pm
First of all India should feed it,s 700 Millions hungry peoples then they should go out and show there muscles to any country all the the borrowed money from IMF and ADB.Let me clear one thing and that is true facets India alone has more hungry peoples and poverty then you put the entire world hunger and poverty together it would be fair to say that Indias only talk .Talk is cheap that is India.Half of India has no school no pave roads no Electricity and hospitals and yet they call them self the superpower maybe superpower of poverty that is for sure.
MKB Jan 26, 2013 02:14pm
Thanks Dawn. Do not worry, India will never attack any country, because it is not her way of living, but if she is attacked or provoke, never mind she has to fight back and every country has that right.
john Jan 26, 2013 11:41am
patakha hai...chalay ga bhe nahein
Deepak Jan 27, 2013 03:29pm
in fact defense policy must go simultaneously with the modernization and development. you cannot wait till some neighboring country starts a war..Rather Indian government should increase it's productivity as that completely benefits Indian banks via loans and generate more employment..
Tahir Alam Jan 27, 2013 05:14pm
Then what are you doing here at Dawn's website?
CutTheBS Jan 26, 2013 08:01pm
cost of the missile - 455 M USD in development stares starkly at poverty in India. Though, India remains no different then most wanna be super powers who run to spend any extra cash they have in government to increased armament. 30% of all malnourished children live in India (this actually beats sub-saharan Africa). And yet it is important to build these useless pieces of scrap metal .... should we be proud of it or ashamed of it? You decide .....
HsN Jan 26, 2013 07:52pm
Thanks for your assurance, by the way it is understandable that if India is "attacked" then she has a right -like every country- to fight back, but I am bit puzzled by your usage of "or provoke"? Provoke by whom? Indian Politician? Media? or retired Generals and diplomats? We agreed that India has a substantial military might, but it is also a fact that it wont make anybody extremely worry -apart from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma & Bangladesh- because we know that if India ever dare to use that multi billion dollar arsenal -shown in parade-, in result of her so called "provocation", which can destroy any country accused for provocation, but it is dooms day scenario for a region, bear in mind that few of her neighbours -in response- are very much capable to send her in "One upon a time" state. We hope for peace for great people of India, Pakistan and China and pray that Indian establishment would not be provoked at any stage in future.
Md. Sayeed Jan 26, 2013 07:51pm
Even shooting in schools happens in USA, disaster do happen and then see marines killing suspected troops and terrorists thousands of miles away from their land via drones and Seals carrying out operation deep within foreign territory and the country in which the operation takes place can only watch. We call this superpower. Hope you get it now.
Deepak Jan 27, 2013 03:38pm
you are destroying your own country with your own hands..
Deepak Jan 27, 2013 03:34pm
India has good relations with china from past 30 years and has faith in it's policies but I am sure we are afraid of Pakistan because of it's failed governance which could ultimately lead to talibanisation.
Indian Jan 26, 2013 07:40pm
And you know it because.....??? Denail, denial, denial!!
Anoop Jan 27, 2013 01:29pm
Shall we also count the number of soldiers and people killed by Terrorists supported, armed and trained by Pakistani Military?
UNITED STATES OF INDIA Jan 27, 2013 12:59pm
Zak firs you think about yourself...then comment on
Tushar Jan 28, 2013 06:26am
Congratulations 5 years in advance! for being No 1 in world!
Joyforall Jan 28, 2013 06:32am
None of the people, who have expended such emotions commenting on the article, are gaining anything. If one were to spend the same time on something more worthwhile, like say focusing on work or helping another man in need, it would do both them and their countries a world of good. Have a very nice life.
Waqar Jan 27, 2013 01:03am
Lets just be honest to ourselves.. there is no love affair between Indian Army and Pakistani Army... The people of both countries do share common ideology of peace... Pakistani politicians are busy through dirt on each other and they find the Indian topic useless in the election campaign whereas in India... the politicians use Pakistan topic to get political mileage.... Indians army know very well that if they ever decided to go for war with either China or Pakistan...the whole region will be destroyed..... these are deterrents against any aggression....
Timbuktoo ke Raja Bhaiyya Jan 27, 2013 12:43am
For all our friends across the border who are bemused at ... ohh such a crude display ... how many of you were dancing around the "radioactive" model hills ? To those worried about wasting money on Russian technology ...when you get it from China it becomes brotherly love? Because the Chinese first get it from Russia and then donate it cheaper? Since your situation is so much better off maybe the World Bank will give you even more money for getting missiles, no? Steve Jobs hai hai. Kitten auto- correct bekaar ke karae.
Alok Jan 27, 2013 12:23am
Dear Pakistani brothers - let government and media do their job!! We as ordinary people should always focus on what we know is in our best interests. And that is Peace, Prosperity and Good relationships. Look at Imran Khan, who is trying to bring hope to Pakistan, by advocating better relationships with India. And I hope India will also reciprocate in same way. This way we will not spend our hard earned money on killing fellow human beings and instead spend on education and feeding the poor in our countries. I stretch out my hand of friendship to all similar thinking Pakistanis. Let us use our strength to create a long lasting bond of good will and hope. There is no need for Jingo-ism and Macho-ism, no one in their right mind will want war... it is the worst thing that can happen to any civilisation.
Bikram Singh Jan 27, 2013 10:58am
we are bound to do this only because we have neighboring country like pakistan.
AZEEZ Jan 27, 2013 08:54am
@zak: show me any Russian missile look like Agni-5...........foolishness
SHRi Jan 27, 2013 12:33pm
India dont even care. If enemies like nuclear war then so be it. Remember India has second strike capability two layered Anti balistic missile with accuracy of 99.9%. Thats why India said If enemy strikes then India has the every right to reply.
John Jan 28, 2013 06:36am
It served the purpose.
SHRi Jan 27, 2013 12:37pm
India has Anti ballistic missile. LOL Hence dear you dont have to worry about India, worry about your country.
Bikram Singh Jan 27, 2013 11:08am
need mind to understand
Amit Jan 27, 2013 08:25am
The figures given are old....!
MKB Jan 27, 2013 01:02pm
Zak you are ill informed.India long ago stop loan from world Bank or IMF. India has given a corpus of 10 billion for the revival of Europian economy after the fall of Greece economy. The hero of the nuclear & missile development in India was made a President, but Pakistan put his founder father of nuclear bomb in hose arrest. What a contrast!
kabir Jan 27, 2013 11:15am
lol .... i think we should be shamed of cowards like you nevertheless !
True Indian Jan 26, 2013 06:47pm
who is talking dude...who take money from US for salt and giving adivce to us...we are 2nd fast growing country in world and wait for another 5 years...then you will see a superpower...
Rahmat Jan 26, 2013 06:45pm
Really John? Why don't you scratch your rusty brain.
Rao Jan 27, 2013 02:59pm
It has been burning from August 1947 and its all pervading......So you are not mistaken about its source
Rahmat Jan 26, 2013 06:44pm
Arif , what happened between last wars between India and Pakistan. Don't read history written by Moulanas from Madrassas.
Rao Jan 28, 2013 08:46am
Hi Assad, Are you sure that it is a head of Pakistani soldier? I heard that only Mujahideen were brave enough to scale the peaks in Kargil and all Pakistani soldiers were just watching the show from their base camps.. Musharaff himself claimed that and refused to accept the bodies of the fighters who were killed in the war. You see how Pakistan treats people who fight for the nation?
Rahmat Jan 26, 2013 06:40pm
Zak, Hear burn is justified. But use your brain too. Who rules the IT world? By the way why did Pakistan take 11 days to respond to India's nuclear explosions ? - Because the instructions were in Chinese
Yash Jan 27, 2013 12:20am
Please do get your facts right before writing such comments.
Nish Jan 28, 2013 07:10am
"peaceful and prosperous life people in Pak are living". I am not sure if this is sarcasm or you really mean it. Either way, it is very funny :)
murali Jan 27, 2013 07:43am
It does take quite a bit of arrogance and shamelessness to talk about indian slums when the highest infant mortality in South Asia below age 5 ( 87 / lakh population) is in Pakistan.
HNY2013 Jan 27, 2013 07:26am
Donot read Dawn then, who is forcing you?
anil gupta Jan 27, 2013 10:54am
It is indigenous production, not borrowed from Russia/USA, apart from learning technology and gaining its entry into "top 5 miliatry" , its of practically no use. I would prefer opening more schools and colleges.
kabir Jan 27, 2013 11:22am
do u also dispute the 3 dead pakistanis soldiers who were killed by Indian army in retaliation n revenge ? wake up ... you sow as you reap !
sherry Jan 27, 2013 01:24pm
Agar chalega to tu dikhega bhe nae....
Devil Jan 27, 2013 06:15pm
is it ? get a tin mug, fill it with water and run, coz if they decide to fire one of them, your pants might get wet and dirty !!! May the peace prevail !
Md Imran Jan 27, 2013 06:55pm
So, we have a castiest India where 75% of people live below poverty. There are no roads or water, and their politicians nor military has any guts to fight, yet they want spend money on arms and take around painted cans on trucks ! Hey India, how many wars have you won ? Give up hopes of competing with a far wealthier,richer and superior Pakistan and China..we both are destined to be superpowers, but not India. No wonder India wants to talk "peace" all the time !
anil kumar Jan 27, 2013 07:15pm
@Zak, Your comparison of dragon and starving dog doesn't annoy us at all as I can see the clear frustration in you . But If I start saying with same tone , then You will be hurt . You come in the list of failed nations . You have got a country , which was created on the basis of religion , have got a language originated from battle field , have got a culture which is a borrowed one , got a religion , which is a imposed one . We stick to our culture and language . We don't care what anybody says about , we care how we can stand as a nation in this world . Too much anger is not good for health and mind .
Rohan Jan 27, 2013 07:24pm
Perfect. but Think before saying "Hollow " because new kind of Tin is tested today... with 700 km range.
Rohan Jan 27, 2013 07:26pm
Have you forgotten Heena Khar Rabbani ???
Purnendu Singh Jan 27, 2013 08:09pm
We, the people of India and Pakistan sow guns in our fields instead of rice and wheat. That is why millions go hungry in our nations whereas those who sell us arms get rich on our expense. When will this end ? If Germany, Britain and France can peacefully coexist in one union, what is wrong with India and Pakistan? We were not bitter enemies 70 years back, instead were brothers.
Devil Jan 27, 2013 08:22pm
you are free to comment on 'Times of India ' website .. no one will stop you ... internet is a free entity and is beyond the boundaries of nations! Grow-up and do not bring Islam into everything !! shame on you rather !!
HsN Jan 27, 2013 08:37pm
Yes we remember Mukesh, you refers the Pakistani missile test when derbies were found on the way, while it hits the set target successfully. Just refreshing your memory too, we also remember the funny video on youtube when Indian missile took reverse gear and according to "FOX NEWS" Indian ministry of defence declined for the comments over phone, as the people responsible to give a statement were at the test site :) hope they were fine :) hope they will also issue the latest test video on youtube :)
Yash Jan 28, 2013 12:53am
I would love to see both India and Pakistan to be very rich and powerfully . But please tell me why Pakistan continues to borrow money from the west for various projects?You do know both India And Pakistan need assistance from the western countries to improve the living conditions of the Poor .It is better to except the facts rather than denying them.Trust you will understand.
Rao Jan 28, 2013 01:29am
Those who suffered economic losses and lost their houses in Muzaffarabad earthquake are still living in tents & internal refugee camps. Those who lost their livelihoods in floods haven't received any compensation and all the money that Pakistan collected for relief went to lining up the pockets of politicians, administrators & generals. We help our people, struck by natural disasters, with our own money. In fact we have helped Srilanka & Indonesia with their tsunami rescue efforts. Your Navy is not to be seen anywhere near the area. you people live on scraps thrown by China, US, UK etc.
Rao Jan 28, 2013 08:33am
Markhor is food for Tiger
BIMAL CHANDRA JHA Jan 27, 2013 02:05am
Thanks the Dawn for balanced reporting. I also went through the comments available on the website. In fact, I am of the considered view that the majority people of both countries do not war, but the ruling class uses emotional statements and force the majority people to think over in terms of war. We got entrapped in our thinking and begin to think the neighbouring country is our biggest enemy. Terrorists attack and the border skirmishes sometimes add fuel to fire. We are living in democratic countries. The mindset must change. We can only hope. Yours faithfully; BIMAL CHANDRA JHA Samanpura Road, Patna, India
Abdul Jan 27, 2013 03:29am
Until and Unless Pakistan is on world map, India can not divert funds for other purposes even for the its own citizen welfare.
manu Jan 27, 2013 03:39am
this "china dragon" was once poorer than India. if they can become dragons then what Indians can become. keep that in mind dude.
Niran Jan 27, 2013 04:20am
Zak, u must get your facts right b4 u comment.. well all this DRAGON / DOG comments are understandable from a minuscule minority of frustrated pakistani like you.. I pray better sense prevails in minds of plp like you.. God Bless
Niran Jan 27, 2013 04:28am
Totally agree with you Dev..
Niran Jan 27, 2013 04:28am
well said sabir..
Syed Jan 27, 2013 09:46am
A drama staged by Indians to scare her neighborers. They know that if they even think of using these show pieces they will get it back in their right places. Just feel happy by displaying your wasteful expenditure, Indian! don't you make the mistake of ever using it.
vasist Jan 27, 2013 04:47am
Well said.... That's why our national animal is Tiger where it will never attack anyone if it is attacked it will maul them all.
rahul Jan 27, 2013 04:57am
just check the figure again and again are 30 % or just around 9 % then too a huge population that is very small numbers as compare to pakistan those have merely 20 billion population and there 40 % child are suffer from malnutrition
rahul Jan 27, 2013 04:59am
zak not tell the story of pakistan all world know pakistan just mere paints on chinese missiles nd say pakistan make test of missiles see yourself u even not a fly at least india are dog HAHAHAHA
AA Jan 27, 2013 05:06am
Friendship for granted......... My Foot. India fires all the time across the line of control....being ex military i can prove that....thousands of Kashmiri civilians are massacared every month...... India is still not serious about because it cannot afford annoying Shev Sena.
AA Jan 27, 2013 05:07am
YOu wont but Shev Sena would love to start a war.
pankaj Jan 27, 2013 05:24am
india has no intention to use it and india has never ever attacked any country. These arms are for self defense and our leaders have repeatedly said this. I also believe in peace and hope that these missiles will never be used in indian subcontinent. But it is my humble request to you that please stop glorifying your nuke bomb and missile because if you ever use it, india will suffer a huge damage but Pakistan will be wiped out from the face of this earth. Hope better sense will prevail on both sides
Yash Jan 28, 2013 09:16am
As long as you think they are just empty tin cons then their is nothing to be concerned About my brother.Let India pile up as many empty cans as she wishes.
anand Jan 27, 2013 05:44am
you guys are not worth the cost of missile.,,And by the way,what could you do with US drones ,that hammer you everyday?
anand Jan 27, 2013 05:45am
then why are you guys so scared?
DUBAAKORU Jan 27, 2013 05:53am
@ZAK We need such deterrent to maintain the peace in the region. After all that Arsenel is for our defence only but not to intimidate neighbors. Look at your own nukes. At any time they can destroy your nation. Terrorists have their eyes on them.
DUBAAKORU Jan 27, 2013 05:59am
First of all, Forget about India. Let your leadets try to avoid impending DEFAULT.
ip Jan 27, 2013 06:10am
"India a starving dog" Wow! If I replaced India with "Pakistan" here and posted this comment, I would probably kiss my comment goodbye. But hey dynamic and free Pakistani press...hoo haa...
Sam Jan 27, 2013 06:59am
sour grapes ;)
Rajesh Jan 27, 2013 07:03am
When China takes on India, that time 90% of malnourished children will be found in India. Shame is a luxury we do not have
Arya Jan 27, 2013 07:06am
atleast india would be left with once upon a time state, however it will ensure there will be nothing left of her enemy, and the existence of it will remain in history books. We all know who provokes everytime and you don't seem to be so naive to divert it on indian politicans, media or whoever... i am proud of india and its policies.. india's neighbour should have thank their lords that they don't have US or Israel sitting beside them.
Neo Jan 27, 2013 07:16am
for your FYI, India's nuclear policy is 'no first use', and its common sense that if you think of going nuclear then there would be some reactions too.. may be some sort of retaliation as well, however i know my country and unless there is a nuclear missile attack which covers even 5-10 km radius as her neighbour seem to posses them, then i can only fear for india's retaliation with a full scale attack from all sides... so ball's in india's neighbours court ;) think bot it too :)
Amit Jan 27, 2013 08:26am
Read Dawn carefully security !