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Capable armed forces a must for a strong nation: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday stressed on the need for an exceptionally strong military as a prerequisite for a strong nation.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2016 22:41 IST
Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the release of the full volume of works of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at a function at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday quoted Jana Sangh founder Deen Dayal Upadhyaya to stress the need for a strong military as a prerequisite for a strong nation.

“He (Upadhyaya) used to say that the country’s armed forces should be very capable, then only the nation can be strong,” Modi said to thunderous applause from the audience at a function at Vigyan Bhavan here. “In this time of competitiveness and interdependence between countries, the need is that the nation should be capable and strong.”

The Prime Minister said this year’s Vijaya Dashami — a celebration of good’s victory over evil — is “very special” for the country, in an apparent reference to the army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

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In a veiled reference to Pakistan, Modi said, “Being strong does not mean being against anyone. If we exercise for our strength, then the neighbour need not worry (thinking) that it is to target him. I am exercising to strengthen myself and for my health”.

RSS general secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi asked for strengthening India’s security and said the country’s pursuit of national security was inspired by the need to defend itself rather than to defeat others.

“India should be safe and secure. Its borders are posing a challenge and everyone has seen that this issue can be resolved too,” he said. “India’s strength has never been used to spread boundaries and be expansionist. We go to win over the world but not defeat anyone...There is need that India should be a country that should lead the world.”

BJP chief Amit Shah said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had made the country secure without deviating from the path of peace.

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At the event, Modi released a compendium of 15 books on the life and teachings of Upadhyaya, whose birth centenary year is being celebrated by the BJP and the government. The compendium highlights key events in the life of Upadhyaya and the journey of the Jana Sangh and the country, including watershed events like the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, the Tashkent Agreement and Goa’s liberation.

“The biggest contribution of Deendayalji is organisation-based political parties and not just a party run by a handful of individuals. This was the identity of Jana Sangh and the BJP,” he said, adding that the foundations laid by Upadhyaya being the “vipaksh” (opposition) to “vikalp” (alternative) in a short span of time.

He said at the core of Upadhyaya’s thoughts were the poor, the villages, the farmers, the Dalits and the marginalised and that is why this government is focussing on these sections during the centenary year celebrations.

“He used to say that the poor should be the central point of everything. That is why in this journey towards development, our government is focussing on the poor and to help empower it,” Modi added.

With inputs from PTI