Mann Ki Baat : Modi vows ‘befitting reply’ to India’s enemies

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New Delhi, Sep 30 :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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 48th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on Sunday focused on the gallant men and women of the Indian armed forces in light of Parakram Parv on Saturday, which commemorated the 2016 surgical strikes. PM Modi also hailed the courage of Navy Commander of Abhilash Tomy who was recently rescued after being stranded in a yacht in the Indian Ocean for four days.

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.

He said, “Every Indian is proud of our armed forces and brave soldiers. On Saturday, 1.25 billion Indians celebrated Parakram Parv. We remembered the 2016 surgical strike when our soldiers gave a befitting reply to those waging a proxy war in the garb of terrorism.”

“The Indian Air Force has played an important role in bridging the gender gap. Both men and women are equally contributing towards the security of the country,” PM Modi said.

“For decades our soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a leading role in maintaining peace in the World demonstrating their might in the skies. Indian Air Force has caught the attention of all Indians giving us a sense of security,” PM said.

“Whenever in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you,Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest person whom you may have seen and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him,” he said.

Referring to Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was recently rescued from the south Indian Ocean after he had injured himself during the Golden Global Race, PM Modi said, ‘Without eating food or drinking water, Tomy successfully fought his struggle. I spoke to him recently; I had already met him once earlier. His struggle is an inspiration to the youngsters of the country.’

PM Modi said this year’s Gandhi Jayanti would be a special occasion as it marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

In the previous edition, the PM had expressed concerns over the rising cases of rape reported across the country and said the recent amendment passed in Parliament proved that the “nation will not tolerate” such crimes. “No civil society can tolerate any kind of injustice towards the woman-power of the country. The nation will not tolerate those committing rapes. With this point in view, Parliament has made a provision of strictest punishment by passing the Criminal Act Amendment Bill. Those guilty of rape will get a minimum sentence of 10 years and those found guilty of raping girls below the age of 12 years will be awarded the death sentence,” he had said.

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