In an apparent reference to the surgical strike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Army will never “forgive” the country, if the nation is found “sleeping” when it should be awake.
In the inauguration function of Shaurya Smarak, a war memorial in Bhopal dedicated to the soldiers of India, PM Modi said the Army did not believe in speaking but in displaying its valour.
“Our Army is happiest when we sleep in peace. They have no complaint. But they will never forgive us if we sleep when we should be awake. Unfortunately, we have been found sleeping when we should have been awake.
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. We have to keep alert always. It will be injustice to the Army if we sleep away when we have to be awake,” PM Modi told the rally.
The Prime Minister also hailed the role of the armed forces and their spirit of sacrifice in adverse situations while addressing ex-servicemen and their families in Bhopal.
“Our army does not speak but displays its valour. When I would say this earlier, they (critics) would tear my hair out.
“They would say Modi is sleeping and doing nothing. Like our Army which does not speak, but displays its valour, our Defence Minister also does not speak…” he said.
PM Modi stated that the country had never waged a war to capture another country. “But if it comes to fighting for values and ideals, India is never found wanting,” he said.
Referring to armed forces relief and rescue operations in Srinagar during the floods two years ago, Modi lauded tha valour and humanity of the armed forces.
“When massive floods hit Srinagar two years ago, the government found it difficult to deal with the situation. The country saw our jawans rising to the occasion and saving people’s lives.
“They never thought these are the same people who pelt us with stones, breaking heads and damaging eyes. The attack is sometimes so severe that they even face death,” Mr. Modi said, praising the armed forces’ rescue efforts in Kashmir.