PM interacts with Indian troops in Nimu in Ladakh
– globalbihari bureau
Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a visit to Nimu, surrounded by the Zanskar range on the banks of river Indus in Ladakh, to interact with Indian troops there. He was accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane. He met the top leadership of the Indian Army and later interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and Indo Tibetan Border Police. He also visited the Leh hospital here and lauded the bravery of the soldiers who are undergoing treatment here after the bloody skirmishes with the Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley. He wished them speedy recovery and told them that due to their exemplary bravery, the world has taken note of their valour.
During his visit, the Prime Minister also paid tributes to the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash. Remembering “all the proud sons of Mother India who made the supreme sacrifice at the Galwan Valley”, he said that those who were martyred belonged to all parts of India and “epitomized our land’s ethos of bravery”. He affirmed that be it Leh-Ladakh, Kargil or the Siachen Glacier, be it the high mountains or the icy cold water that flows in the rivers, these were testimony to the gallantry of India’s Armed Forces.
While asserting that the time for expansionism was over and this was the era of development, Modi emphasized that it was this mindset of expansionism that did great harm. While addressing the soldiers in Nimu, he further affirmed that though India was committed to peace and friendship, this should not be seen as India’s weakness. “Today India is becoming stronger, be it in naval might, air power, space power and the strength of our army. Modernization of weapons and upgradation of infrastructure has enhanced our defence capabilities multifold,” he said.
“The enemies of India have seen the fire and fury of our forces,” the Prime Minister said while paying rich tributes to the soldiers. He recalled that Indian soldiers had a long history of bravery and competence in global military campaigns, including in the two World Wars. “India has always given a befitting reply to anyone who has tried to disturb the prevailing atmosphere of peace and progress,” he added.
He referred to the several steps that have been taken “in the last few years” for the wellbeing of India’s forces and furthering India’s security preparedness. This included ensuring availability of modern weaponry, increased border infrastructure, border area development and expanding the roads network. He further shared that expenditure on border infrastructure had been enhanced three times.
Prime Minister also mentioned the efforts to strengthen the national security apparatus and to ensure the well-being of the armed forces. He highlighted recent initiatives of the government such as creation of CDS, construction of a grand National War Memorial, fulfilment of OROP after decades and steps to ensure the well-being of the families of the armed forces personnel.
During the interaction, Modi also recalled the greatness of Ladakh’s culture as well as the noble teachings of Kushok Bakula Rimpoche. He described Ladakh as a land of sacrifice and a land that has given several patriots.