NEW DELHI: Exuiing confidence that the country will emerge stronger, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is very well tackling the border issue with China. In his monthly radio show, ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi paid tributes to 20 Indian soldiers who had died in the violent clashes with Chinese troops on June 15 in Galwan Valley and said, “In Ladakh, those who challenged us were given an adequate response. Our braves made supreme sacrifice but did not let adversary prevail.
We feel the pain of their loss. Their valour is India’s strength.” “Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. India honours the spirit of friendship. It is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, without shying away,” he said in his address without naming China.
“The inner sense of pride that families feel on the supreme sacrifice of their brave sons their sentiment for the country, constitutes the true power, the might of the country. India bows to our brave martyrs. They have always kept India safe,” PM Modi said.
Without mentioning China, he quoted a Sanskrit sloka “Vidya vivaad dhanam madaya, shakti pareshan paripeedanaya. Khalasya sadho vipareetam etat, gyaanaya, daanaya cha rakshanam (For crooked persons, knowledge is meant for arguments, wealth for ego, power for troubling others.
The opposite is the case among noble souls, knowledge is meant for wisdom, wealth for donation and power to protect the weak).” Modi, asking the citizens not to be hopeless, said the challenges that 2020 had brought to the country, like Covid-19, cyclones Amphan and Nisarga, locust attacks should not weigh the country down.
“We must face the challenges and use them to march ahead,” he said. Stressing the importance of becoming self-reliant, Modi said, “India is unlocking, be it in sectors like coal, space, agriculture and more. It is time for us to work together to make India self-reliant and technologically advanced.” Modi also paid tributes to late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, whose centenary year celebrations are being kicked off on June 28.