Defence Minister AK Antony said the report is "absolutely baseless." He added, "We are absolutely confident about the patriotism of the Indian armed forces."
Indian Express, (1st Feb, 2003) .Welcoming the imminent illegal US led invasion, named, operation Iraqi freedom, Gupta wrote under title 'Saddam, Snooker's first frame '--"–for the Bush team –process of change (is)–to modernize and democratize and restructure the Islamic world – into Saudi Arabia and then every other part of the region where militant Islam breeds ---Musharraf is not laughing –does that work to our benefit or detriment? This war will not be about oil but about militant Islam and everybody's future. This is the bigger picture –"