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PM Modi's Strong Message Against "Expansionism" In Ladakh
Whenever I think of a decision based on national security, I think of two mothers.The first is our Mother India. The second is our mothers who’ve given birth to brave hearts such as you: PM Modi
"Your Will Power Is As Strong And Firm As Himalayas," PM Modi Tells Soldiers In Ladakh
New Delhi: PM Modi addresses troops during a surprise visit to a forward post in Ladakh today, said that "Your bravery and dedication for the motherland is unparalleled. Every single Indian across the world, especially in India, has the belief that you all can deliver and keep the nation strong and safe."
"Your courage is higher than the heights where you all are stationed. Your arms are as strong as the mountains that surround you. Your confidence, determination, and belief is as immovable (Atal) and the peaks here," he said.
PM Modi also paid tribute to the martyrs of the 20 soldiers in a recent face-ff with the Chinese army in Galwan Valley.
Also mentioning his Atmanirbhar Bharat call which he induced during the lockdown, PM Modi said, “your (soldiers) sacrifice and efforts have strengthened the oath of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
“Bharat Mata’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” he added.
“Peace can never be brought by the weak. Power is the condition to bring peace. India is widening its powers on land, air, and water and this is for the welfare of mankind,” he said.
“The era of expansionism is gone. The world has moved on the path of development. The expansionist forces have ruined the world in the last century. But they have either been defeated or forgotten in the history,” he added.
On June 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that the sacrifice made by 20 soldiers who went down fighting against the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Galwan Valley on June 15 night "will not go in vain".
He also said that while India wants peace, it will give a "befitting reply" if provoked. "India''s integrity and sovereignty are supreme for us, and no one can stop us from defending it. Nobody should have any iota of doubt about this," said Modi. "Indian troops went down fighting (maarte, maarte mare hain)," he had said.
To defuse the tension the Indian and Chinese militaries have held a series of meetings in the border area to defuse the tension, whereas the meetings have not resulted in any concrete solution, Both the militaries had agreed on de-escalation.
Earlier After the violent face-off with Chinese troops at eastern Ladakh on 15th June four Indian soldiers are in critical condition reported news agency ANI. Yesterday the Amry confirmed that 20 soldiers were killed in the fight at Galwan Valley in Ladakh.43 Chinese soldiers have been killed or seriously injured, ANI reported quoting sources based on intercepts.
An army statement in the morning confirmed the death of a Colonel and two jawans and spoke of "casualties on both sides".
Later in the statement, the army added that 17 more critically injured were "exposed to sub-zero temperatures... (and) succumbed to their injuries".
An Indian army source in the region told AFP that the incident involved no shooting but "violent hand-to-hand scuffles". The soldiers threw punches and stones at each other and the Chinese troops allegedly used rod and nail-studded clubs during the fight that lasted for hours until midnight on Monday, as per the reports.
Since the last major border clash in 1967 the death was first between the two countries and came after military commanders held meetings to resolve the situation.
Since early May, hundreds of soldiers have fronted up against each other at three locations, each side accusing the other of trespassing