The Armed Forces Must Be Very ‘Ca­pa­ble’: PM Modi

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said this year’s Vi­jaya Dashami was “very spe­cial” for In­dia, an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the Army’s sur­gi­cal strikes on ter­ror launch pads across Line of Con­trol (LoC), even as he stressed that a “very ca­pa­ble” armed forces is a must for a strong na­tion. “We will cel­e­brate Vi­jaya Dashami in the com­ing days. This year’s Vi­jaya Dashami is very spe­cial for the coun­try,” he said, evok­ing a thun­der­ous ap­plause from the au­di­ence at a func­tion at Vi­gyan Bha­van. His re­marks came in the back­drop of In­dian Army’s sur­gi­cal strikes in POK. He also gave his best wishes to the peo­ple on the oc­ca­sion of the fes­ti­val that marks vic­tory of good over evil. The Prime Min­is­ter re­leased a com­pen­dium of 15 books on the life and teach­ings of for­mer Jana Sangh chief Deen­dayal Upad­hyay whose birth cen­te­nary year is be­ing cel­e­brated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr Modi said Upad­hyay’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tion was the con­cept of or­gan­i­sa­tion-based po­lit­i­cal party and not a po­lit­i­cal outfit run by a hand­ful of in­di­vid­u­als. Quot­ing Upad­hyay, the PM stressed on the need for an ex­cep­tion­ally strong mil­i­tary as a pre­req­ui­site for a strong na­tion and said the coun­try must be a ca­pa­ble one which is a present-day re­quire­ment. “He (Upad­hyay) used to say that the coun­try’s armed forces should be very very ca­pa­ble, then only the na­tion can be strong,” Mr Modi said.

“In this time of com­pet­i­tive­ness, the need is that the na­tion should be ca­pa­ble and strong,” he said.

In a veiled ref­er­ence to Pak­istan, Mr Modi said, “Be­ing strong does not mean be­ing against any­one. If we ex­er­cise for our strength, then the neigh­bour need not worry (think­ing) that it is to tar­get him. I am ex­er­cis­ing to strengthen my­self and for my health.” Re­fer­ring to Upad­hyay, he said even Ram Manohar Lo­hia spoke about the Jana Sangh leader’s ef­forts that led to the evo­lu­tion of an al­ter­na­tive to Congress in 1967. The Prime Min­is­ter said as a trib­ute to Upad­hyay, who talked of in­te­gral hu­man­ism, his gov­ern­ment was mak­ing the poor­est of the poor the fo­cus of schemes evolved by it.

“The big­gest con­tri­bu­tion of Deen­day­alji is or­gan­i­sa­tion- based po­lit­i­cal par­ties and not just a party run by a hand­ful of in­di­vid­u­als. This was the iden­tity of Jana Sangh and BJP,” he said. “In a short span of time, one party com­pleted the jour­ney from to

and this was due to foun­da­tions laid by Deen­day­alji,” he said, adding that sim­plic­ity was the hall­mark of the for­mer Jana Sangh leader. Laud­ing the ide­ol­ogy of Upad­hyay, Mr Modi said he gave im­pe­tus to ‘karyakarta nir­man’ (build­ing party work­ers) and the work­ers in­spired by him were party cen­tric and the party na­tion cen­tric.

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In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

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