New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at China saying that the era of expansionism has ended and it is the time for development.
During his address to the soldiers in Ladakh’s Nimmoo, PM Modi however did not mention China directly, although it was a stern message to the Chinese administration.
“Age of expansionism has ended, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back,” PM Modi said.
He described Ladakh as a land of sacrifice and a land that has given several patriots.
“Ladakh is the head of the country. This is the symbol of pride for the 130 crore citizens of India. This land belongs to the people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the country… Every attempt to create separatism in the region was rejected by the nationalist people of Ladakh,” PM added.
He also referred to Lord Krishna’s flute (peace) and Sudarshan Chakra (battle) by saying “We are the same people who pray to the flute-playing Lord Krishna, at the same time we also idealise and follow the same Lord Krishna who carries the Sudarshan Chakra.”
Prime Minister spoke at length about how the virtues of peace, friendship and courage have been a part of India’s culture since time immemorial. He recalled that India has always given a befitting reply to anyone who has tried to disturb the prevailing atmosphere of peace and progress.
PM Modi recalled that India has always given a befitting reply to anyone who has tried to disturb the prevailing 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 multifold.
Prime Minister recalled that Indian soldiers had a long history of bravery and competence in global military campaigns, including in the two World Wars.