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 peace and progress in our nation.”
He said India staunchly believe in peace 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 Peace 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 Jammu 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 gender equality and has opened its doors for women.