PM Modi targets Pakistan’s economic woes says Pakistan now “has a begging bowl”

Modi portrayed Pakistan, India’s longstanding regional rival, as a nation now reduced to pleading for assistance after decades of fomenting trouble. He stated that the country, which previously possessed nuclear weapons and proved a persistent thorn for India over the past 70 years, currently finds itself grasping at a “begging bowl.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a combative stance against Pakistan while addressing an election rally in Ambala, Haryana. His fiery remarks painted Pakistan as a nation brought to its knees, contrasting it with India’s rising strength under his leadership.

Modi portrayed Pakistan, India’s longstanding regional rival, as a nation now reduced to pleading for assistance after decades of fomenting trouble. He stated that the country, which previously possessed nuclear weapons and proved a persistent thorn for India over the past 70 years, currently finds itself grasping at a “begging bowl.”


The Prime Minister’s words were an unmistakable jab at Pakistan’s current economic crisis and its recent appeals to global lenders and allied nations for financial aid and debt relief. His characterization implied Pakistan’s diminished standing and desperation amid its economic woes.

Beyond the economic barbs, Modi’s rhetoric also carried militaristic overtones. He proclaimed that enemies of India now “shiver” with trepidation in the face of his government’s resolute and forceful posture, employing a Hindi term that can translate to “formidable” or “assertive.”

The comments played into a longstanding nationalist narrative of Modi’s BJP party that projects an image of muscular policy toward Pakistan and a refusal to back down against external threats. It aligns with the administration’s recent aggressive diplomatic stance toward Islamabad.

While the Prime Minister’s address primarily focused on local issues and development plans for Haryana state, his harsh rhetoric aimed at Pakistan appeared calibrated to rally supporters. With elections imminent, such sabre-rattling could resonate with BJP’s base that favours an uncompromising approach against India’s historically bitter rival.