Mumbai: Taking a clear dig at China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing troops at Leh, said on Friday that the age of expansionism is over and there is a new era of development here.
“From Leh, Ladakh to Siachen and Kargil…and Galwan’s icy waters…every mountain, every peak is witness to the valor of Indian soldiers. Age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History has witnessed that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back,” said PM Modi.
The Prime Minister also said that the people of Ladakh have rejected every attempt to create separatism in the region.
“Ladakh is the flagship of the country. It is a symbol of pride for the 130 crore citizens of India. This land belongs to those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the country … Every attempt to create separatism in the region was rejected by the nationalist people of Ladakh,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the valor of the Indian armed forces, saying that his courage and dedication to Mother India is unique. He said that Indians can go about their lives in peace because they know that the armed forces are firm, protecting the nation’s borders.
The Prime Minister recalled the soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict in the Galwan Valley. He said that those who sacrificed their lives belong to all parts of India and “symbolizes the bravery of our land.”
The Prime Minister made a surprise visit to Ladakh on Friday and was briefed by senior Nimmo officials amid continuing tensions with China. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane.