* Due to the exemplary bravery of our Armed Forces in the recent weeks, the world has taken note of India’s strength
* India’s commitment to peace should not be seen as India’s weakness
* Era of expansionism is over, this is the era of development
* Expenditure on border infrastructure has been enhanced three times
–Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Leh (Ladakh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Nimu in Ladakh to interact with Indian troops earlier on Friday 3 July 2020. Nimu is surrounded by the Zanskar range and is on the banks of river Indus. The Prime Minister met the top leadership of the Indian Army and later interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP.
Tribute to the valour of the soldiers
Paying rich tributes to the valour of the Indian Armed Forces, the Prime Minister said their courage and devotion to Mother India is unparalleled. He stated that Indians can go about their lives peacefully because they know that our Armed Forces are standing firm and protecting the nation.
The Prime Minister said that due to the exemplary bravery of the Armed Forces in the recent weeks, the world has taken note of India’s strength.
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Remembering the sacrifice at Galwan Valley
Prime Minister remembered all the proud sons of Mother India who made the supreme sacrifice at the Galwan Valley. He said that those who were martyred belong to all parts of India and epitomize our land’s ethos of bravery.
He affirmed that be it Leh-Ladakh, Kargil or the Siachen Glacier, be it the high mountains or the icy cold water that flows in the rivers, these are testimony to the gallantry of India’s Armed Forces. The enemies of India have seen the fire and fury of our forces, said the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister also paid homage to two Matas: to Mother India and to the Mothers of all the brave soldiers and security forces of India who serve India with full devotion.
Our commitment to peace is not our weakness
Prime Minister spoke at length about how the virtues of peace, friendship and courage have been a part of India’s culture since times immemorial. He recalled that India has always given a befitting reply to anyone who has tried to disturb the atmosphere of peace and progress.
He affirmed that India is committed to peace and friendship but this commitment to peace should not be seen as India’s weakness. Today India is becoming stronger, be it in naval might, air power, space power and the strength of our Army. Modernization of weapons and upgradation of infrastructure has enhanced our defence capabilities manifold.
Prime Minister recalled that Indian soldiers had a long history of bravery and competence in global military campaigns, including in the two World Wars.
Era of development
Prime Minister said that the time for expansionism is over. This is the era of development. He recalled that it is this mindset of expansionism that has done great harm.
Modi said that in the last few years, several steps have been taken for the wellbeing of India’s forces and furthering India’s security preparedness. This includes ensuring availability of modern weaponry, increased border infrastructure, border area development and expansion of the road network. He further said that expenditure on border infrastructure has been enhanced three times.
Prime Minister also talked about the efforts to strengthen the national security apparatus and to ensure the well-being of our armed forces. He highlighted recent initiatives of the government such as creation of CDS, construction of a grand National War Memorial, fulfilment of OROP after decades and steps to ensure the well-being of the families of the armed forces personnel.
Culture of Ladakh
During the interaction, Prime Minister recalled the greatness of Ladakh’s culture as well as the noble teachings of Kushok Bakula Rimpoche. He described Ladakh as a land of sacrifice and a land that has given several patriots.
Prime Minister affirmed that the people of India are inspired by the teachings of Gautama Buddha, for whom courage was linked to conviction and compassion.