Stating that the courage of Indian soldiers was higher than the altitude of Leh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (July 03) said the soldiers and their compatriots had sent a message to the world about India’s strength with their bravery.
During a surprise visit to Nimmoo in the Leh district, Modi addressed soldiers in posted in the region after reviewing the situation in eastern Ladakh, where at least 20 soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in a clash with Chinese troops on June 15.
“I pay my tributes to the brave soldiers martyred in Galwan Valley,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the bravery and valour of Udhampur-based Northern Command ’14 Corps’ were echoing in every house in the country.
Modi said bravery was a pre-requisite for peace and those who were could not accomplish it. “…whenever the need arises, the world has seen the victory of the brave. We have worked for the betterment of humanity,” the PM said in Ladakh.
While Indians pray the flute-playing Krishna, they also worship the same lord, who carries Sudarshana Chakra (a spinning disk-like weapon), Modi said.
Claiming that the age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development, the Prime Minister said the history had witnessed expansionist forces either losing or being forced to turn back. He added that the Centre had increased expenditure on development of infrastructure in the border area by three times.