Modi vows befitting reply to India’s ‘enemies’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 08:53:18




“We staunchly believe in peace; we are committed to taking it forward… but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty,” PM said in ‘Mann Ki Baat’

IN A veiled warning to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Indian soldiers will give a “befitting reply” to whosoever attempts to ruin peace and progress in India.While India fiercely believed in peace, it would not compromise with its honour and sovereignty at any cost, he said.

Modi’s remarks came in his 48th episode of monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, a day after India celebrated the second anniversary of the 2016 surgical strike by the Army on terrorist hubs in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Recalling the surgical strike as a reply to the “audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism”, Modi, without naming Pakistan, said: “It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation. “We staunchly believe in peace; we are committed to taking it forward… but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty.”

Modi’s attack came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, speaking at the UN General Assembly, denounced Pakistan for its continued support to terrorism on Indian soil and blamed Islamabad for sabotaging the bilateral talks process. New Delhi on September 21 called off talks by Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, blaming Islamabad for the killing of security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and accusing it of glorifying terrorism.

Modi said: “India has always been resolutely committed to peace. In the two World Wars, over a lakh of our soldiers made the supreme sacrifice; that too in a war where we were not involved in any way. “We have never eyed someone else’s territory maliciously. This in itself was our commitment and dedication towards peace. “Even today, India is one of the largest contributors to various UN Peace Keeping forces in terms of sending personnel.

For decades, our brave soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a stellar role in ensuring maintenance of world peace.”Modi said that remembering the surgical strikes will remind “our youths about the glorious heritage and valour of our Armed Forces. Prime Minister called the Indian Air Force (IAF) one of the “mightiest and bravest” air forces and hailed its contribution both during wars and natural disasters. “Be it relief and rescue work or disaster management, our country is indebted to our Air Force for commendable efforts of our Air Warrior,” he said, mentioning its role during 1947-48, 1965, 1971 and 1999 wars. “Swachh Bharat Mission”, he said, had become a success story globally.