Modi's Strong Message Against "Expansionism"
PM made surprise visit to Ladakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made surprise visit to Laddak and addressed the troops. He made a remarkable comments on expansionism and appealed the indian troops not to entertain such ideology.
He accompanied with CDS Bipin Rawat and stated
"The weak can never accomplish peace, the brave do." Describing the soldiers as "the braves of the soil", the Prime Minister said the "enemy has seen your fire and fury," delivering a strong, direct message to China after the June 15 clash in which 20 soldiers were killed in action.
"The age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back," said the Prime Minister, not mentioning China.
"Every single Indian across the world, especially in India, has the belief that you all can deliver and keep the nation strong and safe. Your courage is higher than the heights where you are stationed. Your arms are as strong as the mountains that surround you. Your confidence, determination and belief are as atal (immovable) as the peaks here."
The PM's visit served as a powerful statement against Chinese aggression at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since early May, which escalated to a deadly brawl on June 15 in which 20 soldiers were killed and over 70 injured. Army sources said 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.
Chants of "Bharat Mata ki jai" and "Vande Mataram" broke out when he arrived at Nimu earlier today. A video showed soldiers cheering as the Prime Minister walked amidst them, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, and Army Chief General MM Naravane. He was flown by chopper to Nimu, 11,000 feet up in the Himalayas and on the banks of the river Indus.