Kargil: Celebrating Diwali with the armed forces in Kargil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has always viewed war as the last resort, and Indian soldiers have the strength and strategies to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye on the nation.
Modi also recalled his visit to this frontier region in the aftermath of the Kargil conflict in 1999 when the Indian military had “crushed the hood of terror”. “There has not been a single war with Pakistan when Kargil has not flown the victory flag,” he said adding that Diwali symbolized the “celebration of the end of terror”.
“I have witnessed the Kargil war closely. It was my duty that had brought me to Kargil back then. There are many memories of that time when the sounds of victory were reverberating all around,” Modi, who has been celebrating Diwali with security personnel since 2014, said.
He said over the last eight years, the government has worked on implementing reforms in the armed forces by deploying new technologies, developing infrastructure in border areas and opening up positions for women in the forces.
“The induction of women in the armed forces will boost our strength,” Modi said and added that reforms in the armed forces that were required for decades are now being implemented.
He said India has never viewed war as the first option. “We have always seen war as the final resort. We are in favor of global peace.. But peace cannot be achieved without strength.”
Last year, Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in Nowshera, Jammu.