Modi warns Pakistan from Longewala on the occasion of Diwali
PM Modi's remarks in Jaisalmer come a day after eleven people including five soldiers were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in several areas in north Jammu and Kashmir.
If someone tries to instigate us at the border, then the answer will be befitting," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he paid tribute to soldiers and their sacrifices. PM Modi spent Diwali with soldiers at the strategic Longewala post in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer. In a clear swipe at China, PM Modi said without naming it that the entire world feels troubled by "expansionist" forces and that expansionism shows a "distorted mindset" which belongs to the 18th century. "India believes in the policy of understanding others and making them understand but if an attempt to test it is made, then the country will give a fierce reply," he said. Spending Diwali with soldiers is a tradition PM Modi has followed every year since he came to power in 2014. The Prime Minister's remarks in Jaisalmer come a day after eleven people including five soldiers were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in several areas in north Jammu and Kashmir. "India has long borders with several nations, but if there is one border post whose name is known by every Indian, it is Longewala. The Battle of Longewala is one that every Indian knows about and the saying 'Jo bole so nihaal, sat Sri Akal' comes to mind every time we think about it," PM Modi said, addressing the soldiers. Next year marks 50 years since the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. "Some people may wonder why Modi-ji goes to meet soldiers year after year on Diwali. But tell me one thing, Diwali is a festival we celebrate with family, and with those, we call our own... so each year, I spend time with you all, because you all are my own, my family," PM Modi said, thanking the soldiers on behalf of the rest of the country. "I bring sweets for you all today. But these are not just from me. It is from all 130 crore Indians." "The more time I spend with you, the stronger is my resolve to serve and protect the country," he said.