India will hit back if its sovereignty challenged: PM

“We are heading towards building an army which was once envisioned by Netaji (Bose),” PM said.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Oct 22 2018 1:43AM | Updated Date: Oct 22 2018 1:43AM
India will hit back if its sovereignty challenged: PMFile Photo

India never eyes anyone else’s territory but will hit back with "double the force" if its sovereignty is ever challenged, Prime Minister NarendraModi said Sunday at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of proclamation of the Azad Hind government by Subhas Chandra Bose.

He also said his government is working towards providing the armed forces with better technology and latest weapons even as efforts are underway to make the lives of soldiers easier by giving them better facilities.

“We are heading towards building an army which was once envisioned by Netaji (Bose),” PM said.

Modi said his government took decisions such as “carrying out surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and providing benefits of ‘one rank, one pension’ to ex-servicemen.

Modi said that it has been the Indian tradition not to eye someone else's territory, “but when our sovereignty is challenged, we will hit back with double the force.”

The prime minister said India will continue to use its military might “only for self defence.”

He also cautioned people against forces inside and outside India which are working against the country by targeting its independence, unity and constitution. 

“It is the duty of every Indian to fight and defeat such forces,” he said, adding that a “feeling of nationalism and Indianness is must to counter such designs.” 

 

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