Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 July 2020 paid a surprise visit to Ladakh and interacted with the soldiers, hailing their service and sacrifice. Amidst the stand-off with China, this move by Prime Minister Modi is being hailed as an example of a leader who leads from the front.
His address to the soldiers at Nimu in Ladakh is also being seen as a clear message to adversaries that India is prepared to face the threat to any extent and will not budge.
Motivation to the Force
Some of the words said by Prime Minister Modi paid a rich tribute to the bravery of our soldiers. He said:
- Their courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today.
- The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere. Tales of their bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country.
- The enemies of Mother India have seen their fire and fury.
- The bravery that shown by them and their compatriots has sent a message to the world about India’s strength. India rests peacefully because of their bravery.
The fact that India being peaceful nation will not hesitate to counter the enemy with all the force was finely articulated by the Prime Minister. He said:
- We are the people who pray to the flute playing Lord Krishna, but we are also the people who idolise and follow the ideals of that very Lord Krishna carrying the ‘Sudarshana Chakra’.
- India has always pursued the path of peace in the world but at the same time, those who are weak can never negotiate for peace. Bravery and courage are prerequisites for peace. The resolve for a self-reliant India is strengthened because of the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers.
Sending a clear message to China, without naming them, he said:
“The age of expansionism is over. This is the age of development. History is witness to the fact that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to withdraw.”
The place visited by PM Modi, Nimu is located at 11,000 feet and is among the tough terrains. PM Modi was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, and was also briefed by the senior army officials about the border situation. The morale boost that he provided with this was evident in the reverberating slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram by soldiers.