You Have My Apology: Smriti Irani’s Express Gratitude To Armed Forces Wives


The Union Minister also talked about Madhulika Rawat, the wife of General Bipin Rawat, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash, along with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

Amid the loss of soldiers in the armed forces, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, attended the literary festival- ‘Abhivyakti’ and expressed gratitude on behalf of the whole nation for the role played by army wives.
 
The Union Minister also talked about Madhulika Rawat, the wife of General Bipin Rawat, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash, along with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
 
“When I saw her on the pyre (Madhulika Rawat) with General Rawat, as a civilian, I thought that we don’t spare all of you a thought. And when I say all of you, it’s the wives and the children, till such time a tragedy strikes that you are unacknowledged by us. And for that, you have my apology,” said Irani.
 
Meanwhile, Additional Directorate of General Public Information- Indian Army, official Twitter handle tweeted, “On the first day of the literary festival #Abhivyakti organised by #AWWA, Minister of Women & Child Development Smt Smriti Z Irani, attended the event & expressed gratitude on behalf of the whole Nation for the role played by Army Wives.”

 

We, as civilians, presume it’s a given that you’ve chosen to be in the armed forces… Today, as a civilian, I’m here to say sorry that we do not look at you till such time a challenge comes upon this country. You have not only apologised but you also have my gratitude on behalf of every Indian,” the Irani added.

Anand Ranganathan, author also tweeted and said, “Perhaps one of the most poignant little speeches I have heard in years. Smrit Irani extempore, with each word having a density, holding back tears, expressing gratitude of an entire nation to the incredible women of the Armed Forces family. Beautiful.”






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