New Delhi: Without naming Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a veiled attack on the neighbouring country saying that while India believes in peace, it will not compromise its sovereignty and self-respect. Also Read - Navy Captures Pakistani Boat With Drugs Worth ₹3000 Crore in Arabian Sea
Addressing the nation in the 48th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio show, PM Modi said, “We staunchly believe in peace, we are committed to taking it forward but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty of nation. India has always been resolutely committed to peace.” Also Read - Manmohan Singh Writes to PM Modi on COVID-19 Crisis; His 5 Suggestions to Battling The Pandemic
Remembering the surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army’s special forces, PM Modi said that in 2016, our soldiers gave a befitting reply to terrorism and will continue to do so in future. Also Read - PM Modi Reviews COVID-19 Surge, Calls For Close Co-ordination With States & Ramping Up Vaccine Production
We remember the surgical strike carried out in 2016, where our soldiers gave a befitting reply to the proxy war under the garb of terrorism,” he said. September 29 was the second anniversary of the surgical strike by India on terror launchpads across LoC.
The prime minister said that now its decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to all those who try to disturb India’s peace and prosperity.
PM Modi also lauded the bravery and dedication of the Armed Forces and said that every Indian is proud of them. “There must be hardly any Indian who doesn’t feel proud of our Armed Forces, our army jawans, our soldier. Every Indian, irrespective of region, caste, religion, sect or language, is ever eager to express joy and show solidarity with our soldiers,” he said.
The prime minister said that India is committed to world peace and remembered the brave Indian soldiers who fought in Haifa. He said that India is among the highest contributors to UN peacekeeping forces.
PM Modi cited Indian soldiers’ contributions during the two World Wars as proof of the nation’s commitment towards maintaining peace.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the soldiers of Mysore Hyderabad and Jodhpur Lancers that were a part of the Haifa war in Israel. On September 23, the 100th anniversary of the Haifa war was observed.
“Even today in UN peacekeeping forces, India is among the largest contributors. For decades, our soldiers wearing the blue helmets have played a leading role in maintaining World peace,” said Prime Minister Modi.
The prime minister showered praises on the valour of the Indian Air Force, remembering its contribution in the past.
“In 1947, when Pakistani attackers resorted to an unprecedented attack, it was indeed our Air Force which ensured that Indian Soldiers and armaments reached the battlefield promptly,” he said.
Ahead of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2, the prime minister lauded the former’s contribution towards the freedom and betterment of the nation.
Saying that October 2 will be a special day this year, PM Modi said that the government will organise several across events across the country as well as abroad for the next two years to mark Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
“Gandhi Ji was a Lok Sangrahak who endeared himself to people across all sections of society. The Gandhi charter that continues to inspire us all,” he said.
The prime minister said that Mahatma Gandhi has inspired the entire world with his ideology, including people like Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela.
“Bapu gave an inspirational mantra to all of us which is known as Gandhi Ji’s Talisman. This Mantra is extremely relevant today,” he added.