Addressing the soldiers on the occasion of Diwali at Nowshera, the Prime Minister highlighted government’s attempts to boost indigenous capabilities and noted that modern border infrastructure has been built to augment connectivity and troop deployment.
“I have spent each Diwali with soldiers guarding our borders. Today, I have brought along with me the blessings of crores of Indians for our soldiers here,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera
<p>PM Modi arrives in Nowshera, Jammu, to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers</p>
“Our soldiers are the ‘suraksha kawach’ of ‘Maa Bharti’. It is because of you all that people of our country can sleep peacefully and there is happiness during festivals,” he added.
Lauding the efforts of the soldiers in the surgical strike, the Prime Minister said that many attempts were made to spread terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir but they were given a befitting reply.
“The role played by this brigade during the surgical strike fills everyone with pride. I will remember that day forever as it was decided that all soldiers should return before sunset… I was sitting beside the phone and was asking about the whereabouts of every soldier,” he said.
PM Modi further said that border, coastal areas lacking normal connectivity now have roads, optical fibres which in turn boosts deployment capabilities, facilities for soldiers.
“Earlier, it used to take years together to procure defence equipment for the security forces. The commitment to self-reliance in the defence sector is the only way to change old methods. We have to enhance, adapt our military capabilities in line with changing world and mode of war,” he said.
The Prime Minister also interacted with the soldiers and distributed sweets among them.
Last year, PM Modi while celebrating Diwali with soldiers at Longewala in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan had said that as long as the Indian soldiers are present, this country’s Diwali celebrations would continue in full swing and be luminescent.
In 2019, the Prime Minister had celebrated Diwali with soldiers in the Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
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