With the Pulwama attack, politics have again begun on the number of soldiers died under each government. A Facebook page named ‘Indian Lok Sabha Election 2019’ posted a photo, where the number of soldiers died under the 10 years of UPA Government and the 4 years of NDA government are compared. Let us try to analyze the claims of the post.
Claim: Under the UPA government, in 10 years, 171 soldiers died but under the NDA
government, in 4 years, 1250 soldiers died.
Fact: A total of 1249 security personnel died under the UPA government in 10 years, in the state of Jammu Kashmir and the North-Eastern States, whereas a total of 378 security personnel died under the NDA government in 4 years. So, the number of security personnel killed under the NDA government is not greater than the number of security personnel killed under the UPA government.
A comparison of the total number of deaths under the 10-year rule of the UPA government and the 4-year rule of the NDA government cannot be made. To get a better picture, it is wise to see the trend in the number of deaths in each year. The trend in the above graphs shows that there is a decreasing trend in the number of deaths from the year 2004 but during the last few years there is a slight upward trend.
Bottom-line: The numbers regarding the deaths of soldiers specified in the post are false.