Soldiers are 'suraksha kawach' of 'Maa Bharti' , says PM Modi in Nowshera
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in Nowshera, Jammu and Kashmir, and honoured veterans on Thursday.
Nowshera: Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in Nowshera, Jammu and Kashmir, and honoured veterans on Thursday.
"I am not here as a PM but as your family member to celebrate Diwali," said PM Modi to army personnel at Nowshera.
Addressing soldiers, PM Modi said, "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".
"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."
The prime minister underscored the importance of self-reliance in the defence sector. "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. Connectivity in border areas has improved- be it from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, Jaisalmer to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This has helped us enhance our deployment capability, " he said.
The role of women in the area of security of the nation is touching newer heights. The women are being given a permanent commission in the army now. The doors of premier military institutions have also been opened for women now.
"It fills every Indian with pride in the role this brigade played during the surgical strike There were many attempts to disturb the peace here but each time a befitting reply has been given".