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New Delhi: The tragedy at Galwan Valley that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers kept Twitter preoccupied Wednesday.

While condolences for the martyrs poured in from every field, the conspicuous absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was noted by many.

However, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was out there with a salute to the valour of the dead soldiers.

 

BJP President J.P. Nadda also came out to reassure everyone about the decisive leadership of PM Modi. Got it.

Congress’ Rahul Gandhi has a few more ‘silent’ questions for the PM.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra is more scathing in her enquiry on the PM’s silence.

 

Ditto Congress leader P Chidambaram.

After questions, came the suggestions. Here is former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, perhaps more sarcastic than realistic.

 

Straight shooter Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh minces no words.

 

Tributes poured in for the fallen soldiers across party lines. From BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and DMK’s M K Stalin.

 

And here is Congress’ solidarity message.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav urges some truth-telling.

 

Former Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Menon Rao sheds light on China’s diplomatic guerilla warfare and double speak.

 

Some Army veterans are unhappy with the ruling government’s actions.

Here’s, veteran Anil Duhoon.

 

And Birender Dhanoa on how the government has failed the Indian Army at Galwan.

 

UN Director of Crisis Group Richard Gowen comments on the clash and India’s chances in the UN Security Council elections, where it is vying for a non-permanent seat.

 

Michael Kugelman, an associate at The Wilson Centre, comments on PM Modi’s AWOL act.

 

Meanwhile Alyssa Ayres of the Council on Foreign Relations, a foriegn police forum, has a word of advice for the US.

 

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy highlights the crises in India at the moment, from Covid-19 to Chinese incursions to the failing economy. Phew!

 

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan echoes Nandy.

 

Industrialist Anand Mahindra is struck by the courage and composure of martyr Col B. Santosh Babu’s family.

 

Times Now Editor-in-Chief Rahul Shivshankar gets into a spat with former diplomat and strategic affairs expert K.C. Singh after the latter’s ‘virtual’ walk-out of the TV debate.

 

And finally, Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha gives China a befitting reply.

With inputs from Revathi Krishnan

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