For the second consecutive day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that those responsible for the attack on the Uri army camp that killed 18 soldiers on September 18 would be punished.
“There is lot of anger in the country over the Uri attack. We have faith in our forces. Culprits will be punished,” he said in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’.
He paid tribute to the fallen soldiers saying he is proud of the Army which does not speak but acts.
“While politicians speak, military shows bravery; we are proud of our army,” he said.
“Recently our 18 bravehearts laid down their lives in Uri. Such a cowardly attack was enough to stir the nation. I am sure that our soldiers would keep foiling such acts in the future,” Modi said in his address.
Saying that the people in Kashmir want peace and normalcy to return, Modi said they have begun recognising anti-state players there.
“Peace, unity and goodwill are the keys to our problems and path to progress,” he said.
Pointing at the present unrest in Kashmir, he said the people of Kashmir want normalcy and that farmers there were worried for their crops.
“Farmers who had grown fruits were also worried to get their crops to the market,” he said.
Stating that administration has taken steps to maintain law and order,
Modi also asked local authorities to stay cautious and restrained. “Our resources are there to give a peaceful life to the Kashmiri people,” he said.
Modi read out a message of an 11th standard student who had expressed anger over the Uri incident and wanted to do something about it. After lot of thinking, the student said he had resolved to study 3 hours daily as his contribution to the country.
Appreciating the child’s “constructive thinking”, the Prime Minister said, “There is a lot of value to the anger that people of the country have. This is a symbol of the country’s awakening.”
“The feeling was similar when the 1965 war (with Pakistan) broke out. There was anger. There was a fever of nationalism. Everybody was keen to do something.”
“At that time, Lal Bahadur Shastri ji attempted to represent this feeling in an excellent manner to the world and he gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ to inspire common people to work for the country.”