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Diwali means "end of terror": PM Modi tells soliders in Kargil, takes a swipe at Pak

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New Delhi, Oct 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Diwali means the "festival of end of terror" and that Kargil had made it possible, ANI reported.

Diwali means end of terror: PM Modi tells soliders in Kargil, takes a swipe at Pak

"For me, all of you have been my family for years now... it's a privilege to celebrate Diwali amid all of you," the Prime Minister said, while interacting with members of the armed forces in Kargil.

Like every year, this year too Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Deepavali with the soldiers at the border.

Addressing soldiers in Kargil, Prime Minister said, "The forces are the pillar of India's security. From this victorious land of Kargil, I wish the countrymen and the world a very happy Diwali. There has not been a single war with Pakistan where Kargil has not hoisted the flag of victory. The meaning of Diwali is end of Atank (terror) and Kargil made it possible," he said.

Since 2014, PM Modi has spent every Deepavali with soldiers

"In Kargil, our forces crushed terror. I was fortunate enough to be a witness. I was shown my old photos here, and I am grateful for that," he added.

India has always viewed war as the last resort, but the armed forces have the strength and strategies to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye on the nation, the PM added.

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    "I have witnessed the Kargil war closely. It was my duty that had brought me to Kargil back then. There are many memories of that time when the sounds of victory were reverberating all around," Modi said, continuing with the tradition set by him to celebrate Diwali at the country's frontiers.

    "In Kargil, our armed forces had crushed the hood of terror and people still remember the Diwali that was celebrated back then," he said. He said over the last eight years, the government has worked on implementing reforms in the armed forces by deploying new technologies, developing infrastructure in border areas and opening up positions for women in the forces.

    "The induction of women in the armed forces will boost our strength," Modi said and added that reforms in the armed forces that were required for decades are now being implemented.

    The Prime Minister said a nation is safe when its borders are secure, economy strong and the society full of confidence. India has been dealing with its enemies, both external and internal, with force, Modi said and recounted the steps taken to "uproot" the "terror, naxalism and extremism" from within the country.

    He said India has never viewed war as the first option. "We have always seen war as the final resort. We are in favour of global peace.. But peace cannot be achieved without strength," Modi said. "Our armed forces have the strategies as well as the strength. If anyone dares cast an evil eye on us, our three armed forces know very well how to give a befitting reply," the Prime Minister said.

    Prime Minister Modi also said that 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' most important to the nation's security and the country's dependence should be minimal on foreign weapons and systems. Since coming to power in 2014, Modi has been visiting different military facilities to celebrate Diwali.

    PM Modi has been celebrating Diwali with soldiers every year since 2014 after he took over as the Prime Minister of India. From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier & with the brave Jawans & Officers of the Armed Forces, I wish all of you a Happy Diwali," he had said in a 2014 tweet.

    In 2015., he visited three war memorials in Punjab to honour the success of the Indian Army in the 1965 war. This was also the 50 anniversary of the 1965 war.

    In 2016 the PM was in Himachal Pradesh to meet the soldiers near the China border. He held interactions with the personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Dogra Scouts and the Army Sumbodh.

    PM Modi in 2017 visited the Gurez Sector in North Kashmir and said that spending time with the forces gave him new energy.

    2018 saw the PM visiting Harsil in Uttarakhand where he paid a surprise visit to the troops. This was followed by a visit to the Kedarnath Dham.

    In 2019 the PM was at Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and the following year he paid a visit to the post of Longewala where he said that Diwali is complete only when he is with the soldiers.

    I feel privileged that I got to spend Diwali with our brave soldiers in Nowshera, not as Prime Minister but as a member of their family," the PM said in 2021 during his visit to Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir.

    With inputs from PTI

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