“Believe In Peace, But Not At Cost Of Self-Respect”, Says PM Modi

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PM Narendra Modi said India wants peace but not at the cost of self-respect (File)

India believes in peace but it will not compromise its sovereignty in the pursuit of peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today in his Mann Ki Baat radio address. “It is now clear that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to those who try to disrupt the atmosphere of peace and progress in our country. We believe in peace and are committed to preserve it, but not at the cost of our self-respect and sovereignty,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi’s radio address comes a day after India marked the second anniversary of the Army’s surgical strike that destroyed terror camps across the Line of Control or LoC in September 2016.

A large portion of PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address today focused on the armed forces, though he also dwelled upon other subjects such as human rights and the Swachh Bharat Mission.

“India is committed to world peace. India’s youth must know more about the valour of our armed forces,” PM Modi said. Hours before his radio address was broadcast to people across the country, India and Pakistan had just finished duelling in the UN General Assembly, with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj decimating Pakistan over not doing enough to end terrorism.

PM Modi recalled India’s contribution to maintaining peace in the world. “Our more than one lakh soldiers have sacrificed their lives for peace in two World Wars,” he said. “They made the sacrifice when India had no relation in those wars. Our intention has never been to occupy the lands of other countries. Our only commitment was to maintain peace.”

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