New Delhi: ‘Our country has never bowed down and will never bow down to any world power’, asserted PM Modi after meeting soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley Clash on June 15. Notably, PM Modi paid a surprised visit to the injured jawans at the military hospital in Leh, where they were undergoing treatment since the ‘violent face-off’ in eastern Ladakh that left 20 jawans martyred.Also Read - China Sounds COVID-19 Alarm as Delta Variant Spreads to 18 Provinces With Fresh Cases in Beijing

“A message has gone to the world about the valour shown by you braves. The way you stood up to the powers, the world wishes to know who are these braves? What is their training? What is their sacrifice? World is analysing your bravery,” PM Modi boosted the morale of soldiers. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi to Launch e-RUPI on August 2: Know All About The New Digital Payment Platform

He added,”The braves who left us, they didn’t depart without reason, all of you gave a befitting reply. Your bravery, the blood you shed will inspire our youth and countrymen for generations.” Also Read - India Assumes UNSC Presidency For August; Country to be Voice of Moderation, Says Jaishankar

Earlier in the day, sending a strong message to China, PM Modi had said that era of expansionism is over and India’s enemies have seen your (Jawans) “fire and fury”.  The Prime Minister further asserted the world has taken note of India’s strength due to the “exemplary bravery” of the armed forces in the recent weeks, adding history is proof that expansionists have either lost or perished.

“The era of expansionism has come to an end. This is the era of development… History has proved that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back. Your courage is higher than the heights where you are serving today. When the safety of the country is in your hands, then there is a belief. Not only me, but the entire nation believes in you. We all are proud of you”, PM Modi said.

He was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane.

The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. The tension escalated manifold after the 20 soldiers martyred on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties in the violent face-off but it is yet to give out the details.