In a rousing speech on his visit amongst soldiers in Nimu, Ladakh on Friday, prime minister Narendra Modi cautioned China in barely concealed terms of warning and advice.
Modi recalled that the era of expansionism is over and now is the age of development. “History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back,” Modi said.
He also made instance of Lord Krishna, stating that he could be muralidhari (flute-playing) as well as wield sudarshan-chakra (the spinning wheel of death) and India is no different in seeking peace but exacting revenge if required. (see video).
Modi was lyrical in his address to soldiers, stating: “India’s enemies have seen both your fire and fury. Those who are weak can never initiate peace. Bravery is a pre-requisite for peace. Your will power is as strong and firm as Himalayas.
“Your courage is higher than these heights…India has become stronger because of you. The valour shown by you has showcased India’s strength in the world.
“I pay tribute to the soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley. Today the entire nation is bowing to you out of respect. Today ever Indian’s chest is puffed up by your bravery and might.
“The land of Ladakh is India’s crown…This land is heroic. We say here, Veer Bhogya Vasundhara—that is, the veer (brave) protect the motherland with the strength of his weapon.”
Modi said that whenever he thinks of India’s national security, he thinks of two mothers: One is Maa Bharti and the other is the mother who gave birth to such brave-hearts as Indian soldiers defending the country’s borders.
Modi was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane at Nimu. He interacted with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel this morning. This is the first high-profile visit from the Central leadership since the trouble erupted in the region in early May.