New Delhi, Jul 03, 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who landed in Ladakh on Friday morning, addressed the soldiers who are posted in the border region amid the bitter dispute with China. Addressing the soldiers, PM Modi said the bravery and valour of Indian soldiers send out a message to the world about India’s strength.
“Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing soldiers in Ladakh.
In an attempt to further boost the morale of the Indian soldiers, PM Modi said, "India’s enemies have seen both your fire and fury." "Fire and Fury" is a reference to the 14 Corps which is also known as the Fire and Fury Corps. PM Modi also said, “The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India’s strength.”
Speaking to the soldiers, PM Modi said, “Atmanirbhar Bharat ka sankalp aapke ke tyaag, balidaan, pursharth ke karan aur bhi mazboot hota hai. (Atmanirbhar Bharat is strengthened by your sacrifices)”.
Addressing the women soldiers in the gathering, PM Modi said, "I am looking at women soldiers in front of me. In the battlefield at the border, this view is inspiring. Today I speak of your glory."
“The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere. Tales of your bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country,” PM Modi told the soldiers who fought in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the violent clashes with Chinese troops on June 15.
PM Modi also said, “Those who are weak can never initiate peace, bravery is a pre-requisite for peace. Whether World Wars or peace, whenever the need arises, the world has seen the victory of our braves and their efforts towards peace. We have worked for the betterment of humanity.”
“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 PM Modi, hinting at China’s advances in the Ladakh border region.
China has claimed on multiple occasions that the Galwan Valley is Chinese territory while India has maintained that it falls well within the limits of Indian territory.