The claim by the Indian Prime Minister that there was no intrusion into Indian territory and that no Indian territory is under foreign occupation has surprised experts and outraged veterans.
The Prime Minister made the remark at the very end of his virtual meeting with opposition leaders on Friday, giving no opportunity for them to ask for an explanation. But the bland statement left many questions unanswered.
· If there was no intrusion into Indian territory, what did the PM mean by saying that India would and could give a befitting reply? He made that statement in a video conference this week.
· What were Indian Generals on the ground talking to the Chinese about in Galwan Valley?
· What did the Indian Foreign Minister warn the Chinese Foreign Minister when they spoke on phone?
The most charitable explanation being offered is that the Indian Government has decided to swallow a biter pill and concede territory to China because its options are limited and military options even more so. But the initial reaction of the experts bordered on incredulity.
Here are some of the reactions trending on Twitter: