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India committed to world peace but not at cost of self-respect, says PM Modi

Recalling the 2016 surgical strikes, he said Indian troops gave a befitting reply to the "audacity of a proxy war" under the "garb of terrorism"

New Delhi: India staunchly believes in and is committed to taking it forward, but it would not be at the cost of compromising its self-respect and sovereignty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday as he asserted that the armed forces will give a befitting reply to any attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace in the country.

 

Recalling the 2016 surgical strikes, he said Indian troops gave a befitting reply to the “audacity of a proxy war” under the “garb of terrorism”.

In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, Modi said, “It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of and progress in our nation.”

He said India staunchly believe in and is committed to taking it forward, “but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty of our nation. India has always been resolutely committed to peace.”

India has never eyed someone else’s territory maliciously. “This in itself was our commitment and dedication towards peace,” the PM said.

Modi pointed out that India is one of the largest contributors to various United Nations Keeping Forces in terms of sending its personnel.

“For decades, our brave soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a stellar role in ensuring maintenance of world peace,” he said to drive home his point.

He said yesterday Indians celebrated ‘Paraakram Parva’ to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes. “We remembered that surgical strike carried out in 2016, where our soldiers gave a befitting reply to the audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism,” he said.

Days before Air For Day is celebrated on 8 October to mark its birth in 1932, Modi said “air warriors” have proved themselves to be the cynosure of every citizen’s eye through the display of sheer might in the skies.

He also recalled the contribution of the IAF in transporting men and material to Srinagar in 1947 when Pakistani attackers had tried to capture and Kashmir.

He said IAF played a key role in 1965, 1971 and the Kargil war. He said be it the relief and rescue work or disaster management, the country is indebted to the IAF for its commendable efforts.

He pointed out that the Air Force has set an example in ensuring equality and has opened its doors for women.

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