PM asked people to speak and act keeping in mind the morale of soldiers and asserted that wars are fought not just on borders, but on many fronts within the country too
HAILING the valour of the Armed Forces during the Kargil War, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked people to speak and act keeping in mind the morale of soldiers and asserted that wars are fought not just on borders but on many fronts within the country too. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, which coincided with the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the Prime Minister also hit out at Pakistan for the conflict and said Islamabad responded to New Delhi’s hand of friendship by stabbing it in the back.
The Kargil War was declared over on July 26, 1999, after Indian soldiers pushed back Pakistani troops, a bulk of them drawn from the neighbouring country’s Northern Light Infantry, from the captured peaks in Kargil. People must remember that their conduct and remarks should boost the morale and respect of soldiers, Modi said. “People bound by a thread of unity with the mantra that the nation is above everything else bolster the strength of our soldiers more than a thousand times,” he said. Modi also spoke of the dangers of social media. At times, without paying heed to the essence, people encourage certain things on social media “that are detrimental to the country”, he said.
“There are times when we forward things out of sheer curiosity. Despite knowing that it is wrong, we keep doing it. These days, wars are fought not just on borders, they are fought on many fronts simultaneously within the country too. “And every citizen has to decide his or her role in that. We, too, should determine our roles, fully keeping in mind the soldiers fighting on the borders under the harshest of conditions,” he said. Modi recalled the late Atal Behari Vajpayee’s Independence Day speech after the Kargil War and said it is relevant even today.
Vajpayee, he said, had then reminded the nation of Gandhi’s mantra -- in the face of any dilemma, in order to decide what to do or what not to do, one must think of the poorest and the most helpless person of India; one must assess whether one’s deed will result in benefitting that particular person or not. “Going beyond Gandhi-ji’s thought, Atal ji had said the Kargil War has given us another mantra. Before taking any important decision, we should think whether our step, our endeavour is befitting to the honour of the soldier who laid down his life in those remote mountains,” the Prime Minister said as he played out a brief clip of Vajpayee’s speech.
India is proud of heroes dedicated to protecting the country: Shah: UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the country is proud of the heroes who are dedicated to protecting it and who drove away the enemy from the arduous hills of Kargil. On the 21st anniversary of the country’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War, Shah said the “Kargil Vijay Diwas” is a symbol of India’s self-respect, amazing valour and steadfast leadership.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (C) along with Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar at National War Memorial on Sunday. (ANI)
Rajnath, defence top brass honours martyrs
July 26 (IANS)
DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singhremembered brave soldiers of the Armed Forces who fought Pakistani troops during the Kargil War 21 years ago. The Minister laid a wreath and paid homage to the martyred soldiers at the National War Memorial. India observed Kargil Vijay Diwas to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for the the nation. On the occasion, the Minister said, “On the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay, I would like to salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who fought the enemy under the most challenging conditions that the world had witnessed in recent history.”
This day commemorates the success of Operation Vijay which was launched by the Armed Forces to recapture Indian territories occupied by Pakistani intruders in the Kargil-Drass sector in 1999. The Minister paid gratitude to those who laid down their lives in the service of the nation and bowed to their families, who despite losing their loved ones, remained steadfast in their support of the national resolve in driving out the enemies from Indian territory. “I am also grateful to those who despite becoming disabled in battle, continue to serve the country in their own ways and have set examples worthy of emulation by the nation,” Singh said.
Army commemorates 21 years of victory
July 26 (PTI)
THE Army on Sunday commemorated 21 years of its victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War of 1999 as it joined the nation in remembering the heroes of “Operation Vijay”, officials said. “A grateful nation today remembered the heroes of Operation Vijay, on the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, which is celebrated every year on 26 July,” Srinagar-based defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
He said the occasion commemorates the glorious victory of the Indian Armed Forces against the Pakistan Army intruders in the Kargil, Drass and Batalik sectors in 1999. Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, General Officer Commanding of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps laid a wreath at the iconic Kargil War Memorial in Drass on behalf of the nation and paid tribute to the gallant heroes, Colonel Kalia said. Meanwhile, Srinagar-based Chinar Corps joined the nation in remembering the gallant soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice, serving soldiers and veterans on this occasion, an Army spokesman said.
He said GOC Chinar Corps, Lt Gen B S Raju, on behalf of all ranks of the Corps paid homage to the Kargil War heroes in a solemn ceremony at the War Memorial in Badami Bagh Cantonment here. The proceedings included a brief narration of the Kargil War highlighting the saga of courage and valour of the soldiers who lost their lives in battle, prayers by religious teachers and laying of wreath in proud remembrance of the valiant heroes who participated in the operations, the spokesman said.