The Prime Minister addressed the nation in the 48th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’.
“We believe in peace and we will do everything to encourage it but not at the cost of our self-respect and the country’s sovereignty. India is committed to world peace.” he said.
“We have never eyed someone else’s territory maliciously. This in itself was our commitment and dedication towards peace across the globe.”
Talking of the Indian Army’s surgical strikes, he said India will not spare those “waging a proxy war in the garb of terrorism. Every Indian is proud of our armed forces and brave soldiers. Yesterday, 1.25 billion Indians celebrated #ParakramParv (surgical strike anniversary). We remembered the 2016 surgical strike when our soldiers gave a befitting reply to those waging a proxy war in the garb of terrorism.”
PM Modi remarked on the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi this year, “Everyone including great personalities like Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela derived strength from Gandhiji’s ideology to be able to fight a long battle to ensure right of equality and dignity for the people.”
“My dear countrymen, while remembering revered Bapu today, it is quite natural not to skip talking of cleanliness. A movement “Swachhta Hi Sewa” was launched on the 15th of September. Crores of people got connected with this movement and luckily I also got a chance to participate in the voluntary cleanliness shramdaan with the children of Delhi’s Ambedkar School. I heartily congratulate all these cleanliness-loving countrymen for their efforts.”