But friendly words cannot tame
a serpent. There is but one way to do it - to remove the serpent's fangs.
Even before the ink with which they had signed the Kutch agreement dried up, Pakisthan
raised its hood to strike again. Pakistani soldiers entered Kashmir in disguise. In
September 1965 there was a large-scale invasion of the territory by Pakistani soldiers in
the Chhamb area. War broke out all along the Cease-fire Line on the Kashmir border.
The enemies who had managed to enter Kashmir were cunning and mischievous. Pakistan
also tried to incite Indian Muslims. The Pakisthan army was engaged in forcibly occupying
areas, which belonged to India. There was the danger of the fighting spreading to the
eastern border also. In addition to this, there was the threat posed by the Chinese on the
northern borders of India. Lal Bahadur Shastri faced all these problems with a will of
iron. It was at this time that the country understood the greatness of Lal Bahadur
Shastri. He decided that was the time to teach Pakistan a lesson. He gave full freedom to
the Commander of the Army. 'Go forward and strike' was Shastriji's command to the
Addressing the nation on 13th August 1965 Shastriji referred to Pakistan's
threats and said, "Force will be met with force." Two days later, during the
celebration of Independence day, he declared from the ramparts of the Red Fort: "It
does not matter if we are destroyed. We will fight to the last to maintain the high honor
of the Indian nation and its flag."