NEW DELHI :
‘India’s brave soldiers have shown that they will not allow the nation’s pride to be hurt’ PM referred to an old saying that a person who is wicked by nature uses education to foster conflict, wealth for conceit, strength to trouble others whereas, a gentleman uses education for knowledge, wealth for helping and strength for protecting
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Sunday that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh, stating that while the country honours the spirit of friendship, it is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary. Paying tributes to the 20 Armymen killed in the violent stand off with China’s People’s Liberation Army earlier this month, Modi also said that India’s brave soldiers have shown that they will not allow the nation’s pride to be hurt.
The Prime Minister’s strong words on his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast came amid a stand off between Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh, with the Opposition Congress constantly attacking the Central Government over the issue. The Prime Minister also made a vigorous push for the use of locally-made products, saying being “vocal for local” is also a way to strengthen the country and to serve it. Modi said India’s aim is to become self-reliant. Its tradition is trust and friendship and its spirit is brotherhood. “We will keep moving ahead abiding by these principles,” he said.
The Prime Minister also referred to an old saying which means that a person who is wicked by nature uses education to foster conflict, wealth for conceit and strength to trouble others whereas, a gentleman uses education for knowledge, wealth for helping and strength for protecting. “India has always used her might, echoing the same sentiment,” Modi said. The Prime Minister felt that a self-reliant India would be true tribute to the slain soldiers.
“We should strive towards enhancing the country’s capabilities and capacities in safeguarding our borders. A self-reliant India would be a tribute to our martyrs in the truest, deepest sense,” he said. Modi also referred to a woman from Assam who wrote that she has resolved to buy only local products after watching what happened in east Ladakh. “I am receiving messages on these lines from every corner of the country,” he said. There have been calls for boycotting Chinese products in the wake of the Ladakh incident. “But today, in the fields of defence and technology, India is relentlessly endeavouring to advance on those fronts….India is taking strides towards self-reliance,” he said.
MODI REMEMBERS NARASIMHA RAO ON 99TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered P V Narasimha Rao on his 99th birth anniversary, and described the former premier as “one of India’s most experienced leaders”. Modi said, “P V Narasimha Rao connected with India’s ethos and well-versed with western thoughts. Interested in history, literature and science. One of India’s most experienced leaders.” Born on this day in 1921 Telangana’s Laknepalli village, P V Narasimha Rao, from the Congress party, was the Prime Minister from June 21, 1991 to May 16, 1996. Paying tributes to the former Prime Minister, the Congress party tweeted: “We honour P V Narsimha Rao, a visionary leader who oversaw major economic transformations of the Indian economy. His contributions to the nation shall never be forgotten.”
‘IN UNLOCK PHASE, FOCUS ON DEFEATING CORONAVIRUS, BOOSTING ECONOMY’: The country will have to focus on defeating coronavirus and bolstering the economy as it exits from the lockdown and enters the ‘unlock’ phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday underscoring the need to keep guard against the deadly virus. He also stressed that India has always transformed adversities into stepping stones to success and this year won’t be different. “During this unlock period, one will have to focus on two points -- defeating coronavirus and strengthening the economy,” Modi said in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address. “Always remember, if you do not wear a mask, do not observe the two-yard social distancing norms or do not take other precautions, you are putting others at risk besides yourselves, especially the elderly and children at home,” he cautioned.
He was also of the view that while children are studying online due to coronavirus, they should get rid of online games and go for traditional indoor games to strike a balance. “Let us present the traditional indoor games of India in a new and attractive avatar. Those mobilising the resources pertaining to these games, the suppliers and start-ups associated with these traditional indoor games will become very popular,” he said. The Prime Minister was of the view that despite adversities, people should not consider 2020 as a bad year.
“Historically, India has always emerged brighter and stronger, ensuring victory over all kinds of disasters and challenges. For centuries, myriad tyrants invaded India pushing her to the edge of such an abyss of adversities that people once used to feel that the very idea, the fabric of Bharat would be wiped out: her culture would be annihilated. But India overcame the scourge, and more gloriously so,” he said. India has always transformed adversities into stepping stones to success, he said adding that this year will prove to be a ‘record setter, path breaker on new fronts for the country’.