Narendra Modi during Diwali festival celebrations with members of the Armed Forces in Kargil
Narendra Modi during Diwali festival celebrations with members of the Armed Forces in Kargil

KARGIL — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India as a growing nation has been able to deal effectively with internal and external enemies and time is not far when it will be an “enemy-free nation.”

“India as a nation has launched a war against its internal and external enemies and time is not far when all kinds of enemies will be wiped out and India will emerge as an enemy-free nation,” Prime Minister thundered from the stage, as per the news agency KNO.

Modi said that there can be no better Diwali festival than the one celebrated in Kargil where on one hand there are borders and on the other, brave men are protecting it. He said the Diwali festival actually means “celebrating the end of terrorism.”

Addressing the soldiers in Kargil, on the eve of Diwali—the festival of lights—PM Modi, as per KNO said that one could never forget the Diwali celebrated after the grand victory of the Kargil war when “our brave soldiers gave a befitting reply to the enemy.”

“Whenever Pakistan played mischief, Kargil gave a befitting reply and always emerged victorious,” he said, adding that “Tiger Hill and other peaks are witnesses of the great valor of the nation’s brave soldiers.”

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He said one can understand when the nation’s brave men are so committed to their motherland, what can be the fate of the country. “It is because of you (soldiers) that people across the nation sleep without any worry,” PM Modi said.

The PM said that he was glad to see his photographs clicked during the Kargil war when he got an opportunity to serve food items at the base camps of Kargil among soldiers. “Today, our soldiers are enjoying better connectivity even at the forward posts of Kargil. They speak to their family members and are able to reach their homes on vacations in time,” he said.

Two days ago, ISRO launched 36 satellites in one go, he said. “When you listen to such news, your chest broadens with proud feeling,” Modi said.

“Today, India is growing economy across the globe and every country is giving due respect to it.” This is because, as per him, India has been able to deal effectively with internal and external enemies of the nation.

“Terrorism and Naxalism are being rooted out,” PM Mod said, adding, “Naxalism at one point of time had engulfed a large portion of the country, but today, we have been able to wipe out Naxalism to a large extent.”

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PM Modi said that the country has launched a war against corruption and a grand victory is being achieved. “Today, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas slogan is bearing fruit,” he said.

On the technology front, India is not lagging behind and all the latest technology is being procured, PM said. “To ensure better coordination among our security forces and to face all challenges effectively, efforts are on all fronts to achieve the target of Atma Nirbar Bharat. Today, our security forces have decided that 400 kinds of weapons are to be manufactured within the country,” he said.

He said that India never opted for war but as a last option. “Wars fought in Lanka or Kurukshetra, all efforts were made to avoid war. But if we are provoked and challenged, our three-level forces are able to give a befitting reply to the enemy,” PM Modi said, as per KNO.

PM Modi said that today, the entire world looks at India as a growing economy and the fastest progressing nation. “All countries across the globe are giving due respect to India after knowing the country’s ability and capability,” PM Modi said.

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