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Modi blasts Pakistan, China on I-Day: India fighting terrorism, expansionism with courage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the country will leave no stone unturned in strengthening the hands of the security forces

India is fighting the twin challenges of terrorism and expansionism with great courage, and does not hesitate in taking tough decisions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 15 August.

In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi said that by conducting surgical and air strikes, the country sent out the message of ‘New India’.

This shows India is changing and can take difficult decisions, Modi said.

He said the nature of international relations changed after the Second World and there is a possibility of a new world order post- pandemic.

“India has seen the efforts of the world and appreciated it. Today, the world views India with a new perspective. There are two important perspectives to it.

“One is terrorism and another is expansionism. India is fighting these two challenges and responding to them astutely and with courage,” Narendra Modi said without naming China and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the country will leave no stone unturned in strengthening the hands of the security forces.

“India does not hesitate in taking tough decisions,” he said.

In the area of security and defence, efforts are constant and underway to make India Atmanirbhar (self-reliant).

He said that the 2016 surgical strikes and the 2019 air strikes against terror pads in Pakistan sent a strong message to the country’s enemies about the emergence of a ‘new India’ and its resolve to take tough decisions.

While the 2016 strikes against terror pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were India’s first direct military response to the attack on an camp in Uri, the air strikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror facility in Pakistan’s Balakot followed the Pulwama attack.

Modi said India was fighting terrorism and expansionism with courage, and the government would take all steps to strengthen the capabilities of the armed forces.

The comments came a day after the government announced the country’s highest and second-highest peacetime gallantry awards the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra for two Jammu and Kashmir personnel killed in encounters with terrorists.

The reference to the fight against expansionism assumes significance in the backdrop of the border row with China in eastern Ladakh where the Indian and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are in talks to disengage their front-line troops from flashpoints on the contested Line of Actual Control (LoAC).

India and China have been locked in a border row for more than 15 months, a phase that witnessed a deadly skirmish in the Galwan Valley and saw tensions spiral between the rival armies on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso last year.

Modi made a mention of aircraft carrier Vikrant, locally made light combat aircraft and submarines in his speech, underlining that the projects highlighted India’s indigenous manufacturing capability. India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant, the largest warship to be built in the country, kicked off critical sea trials on 3 August ahead of its planned induction into the Indian in less than a year.

Vikrant has put India in a select league only the US, the UK, Russia, France and China have the capability to build aircraft carriers. Modi said the government was committed to supporting Atmanirbharta (self-reliance) in the sector.

He said Sainik Schools across the country would open their doors to girl students. Currently, there are 33 Sainik Schools in the country that account for a large number of candidates who join the armed forces. The decision was taken after a pilot project for inducting girls, launched at Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram three years ago, resulted in success.

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