Need to step up defence in tune with change in world, says PM Modi

India should improve its army capabilities in tune with modifications on the planet and the modes of struggle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated Thursday, addressing troopers on Diwali on the Nowshera sector within the border district of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.

This was the Prime Minister’s second Diwali with the troops in Rajouri district — in 2019, he had celebrated the pageant of lights with them at Rajouri Army Division Headquarters. On Diwali day in 2020, he was with troopers and Border Security Force (BSF) jawans in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.

Unlike previously when wars had been fought on horses and elephants and it took years for the strategies to alter, right this moment’s know-how implies that if there’s one technique of struggle within the morning, it may very well be one other within the night, Modi stated.

PM Modi providing sweets to japans at J&Okay ‘s Nowshera on the event od Diwali.

That’s why it requires coordination by mixed management, an crucial that was met, he stated, by the appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff and organising of the Department of Military Affairs. Also to this impact, he stated, there was a thrust on border infrastructure: roads, tunnels and optical fibres laid proper from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh and Jaisalmer to Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Modi stated the federal government’s efforts have boosted indigenous capabilities in defence, a sector the place the nation needed to rely totally on imports.

He hailed the braveness of troopers and stated their functionality and energy has ensured peace and safety for the nation. “I want to spend Diwali with family members, so I join you on this festival,” he stated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout his go to to Nowshera to have a good time Diwali with troopers. (PTI)

The PM applauded the position performed by the brigade right here within the surgical strikes. India had performed a surgical strike on September 29, 2016, throughout the Line of Control as a response to a terrorist assault on an Army base within the Uri sector. Modi stated many makes an attempt had been made after the surgical strike by terrorists however they had been successfully foiled.

The PM’s go to to troops in Nowshera comes when, regardless of a ceasefire alongside the Line of Control since final 12 months, there was a spurt in makes an attempt by Pakistan-based militants to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir.

For greater than three weeks now, safety personnel have been engaged in operations towards militants within the forests between Dehra Ki Gali and Bhati Dhar in adjoining Poonch district.

The Army has misplaced 9 troopers together with two JCOs. A jailed militant, who was taken by police to cause them to the militant hideout, has been killed.

Referring to Nowshera, Modi stated: “When I touched its soil, I had a different feeling and my heart got filled with excitement…Its (Nowshera) history speaks of the valour of Indian army.”

“In each struggle, proxy struggle, and conspiracy, Nowshera has given a befitting reply and acted as guardian of Srinagar and Kashmir,’’ he stated, paying tributes to the heroes of Nowshera, Brigadier Mohammad Usman, Naik Jadunath Singh and Lt R R Rane.