Ladakh: PM Modi said that the resolve for self-reliant India is strengthened because of the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers.
On a visit to Ladakh designed to deliver a loud message to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told soldiers posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that the courage they had demonstrated had sent a message to the entire world.
Addressing soldiers of the XIV Corps deployed in Ladakh, PM Modi said tales about their valour were being spoken in every house across the country. “The enemy has seen your fire and fury as well,” PM Modi told the soldiers in an address telecast live from Ladakh to the country. PM Modi also referred to the violent clash between soldiers of India and China at Galwan on 15 June and paid his tributes to soldiers who laid down their lives. “You have given a befitting reply to people who attempted to conquer,” he told them.
“The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the All world about India’s strength. Nation rests peacefully because of your bravery,” PM Modi said. PM Modi underscored that India had always pursued the path of peace in all over the world but at the same time, those who are weak can never initiate steps for peace. Bravery and courage is a prerequisite for peace. He also said that the resolve for self-reliant India is strengthened because of the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers. “The enemies of Mother India have seen your fire and fury,” said PM Modi.
Accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, PM Modi reached Leh on Friday morning. He went straight to XIV Corps headquarters at Nimu outside Leh to understand the Chinese belligerence in Ladakh with Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh briefing Narendra Modi in presence of Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Y K Joshi.
The decision of PM Modi to go to Leh was kept under wraps till he landed at the airport with the entire coordination done by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Rawat and Naravane. Doval, who came out of self-imposed isolation after two weeks, chose to remain back in Delhi.
Union ministers have hailed PM Modi’s visit, saying it has boosted the morale of the army. Among those who posted about the prime minister’s visit were home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, and Union ministers Prakadh Jadavadekar and Smriti Irani. BJP leaders said that the visit also sends out a clear message to China as well.