India never coveted any territory but sacrificed lives: PM Narendra Modi

"India has never coveted any territory, never attacked another country. Yet thousands of Indians gave their lives in the World War I," said Modi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2016 4:33 pm
narendra modi, Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, narendra modi Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, PBK, NRIs, indian nri, india news The PM said that thousands of Indians gave their lives in the First World War. (Source: Twitter/ @narendramodi )

Inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has never coveted any territory nor has it attacked a country but made sacrifices for the freedom of others. The PM said that thousands of Indians gave their lives in the First World War.

“India has never coveted any territory, never attacked another country. Yet thousands of Indians gave their lives in the World War I,” said Modi. He inaugurated the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to overseas Indians.

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The PM added that it was very appropriate to inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“In the last two years, you have seen how the government rescued people from conflict situations, not just Indians but foreigners too.”

He said that Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra shows what it means to be Indian and the meaning of association with India.
“In more than 150 countries we’ve presence of Pravasi Bhartiyas. They are a huge strength for our missions.  Humanity is a principal inspiration for us, and the world has acknowledged this not only due to our heritage but on account of our actions,” said the PM.

In his address, PM Modi said,”PBK is home to 27 million PIOs and NRIs. It can act as a focal point for even those Pravasis who are still searching for their roots in India. World’s keenness to engage with India has risen. In such times ‘fear of unknown’ can be an obstacle. Our diaspora can help overcome this. Connecting with the diaspora is essential. Atal Ji started idea of PBD and it has been continued thereafter.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks came amid deteriorating India-Pakistan ties and escalating border tension after the September 18 terror attack that killed 20 Indian soldiers. Days after the attack, India said that it had launched surgical strikes along LoC on terrorist launch pads.

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    DRONE.Acharya
    Oct 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    Hindians have a g plan to invent new type of drone technology and call it DRONE-acharya!
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      DRONE.Acharya
      Oct 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm
      India into 25 .
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        Pathetic.brahmin
        Oct 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm
        We Brahmins will not allow that. Then how do you think we can survive? Only by our criminal filthy shameless mind.
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          Blah.blah
          Oct 3, 2016 at 2:38 am
          It was because of your love for Nawaz Sharif that India sacrificed 19 Uri 7 Patankot and many more yet to come. You .
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            Blah.blah
            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:36 am
            Shri ModiJI COMFORTABLY FORGETS HE IS A BUTCHER!
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              Fire
              Oct 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm
              It means surgical strikes weres big lie. For two days the Modi government was befooling nation.
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                Ordinary Indian
                Oct 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                (upvoters of shan's comments are patki pigz... )
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                  Ordinary Indian
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm
                  Law_dey ... patkistan tere tukde honge... inshallah inshallah.... Pak-Punjab (Hijadistan), Gilgit, Kashmir, Baluch, and Pashtunistan...
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                    Ordinary Indian
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm
                    Pak atrocities are endless -- they are doing severe human rights violations in occupied Kashmir (PoK), Gilgit, Sindh, and Baloch... and there is total media blackout in POK. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pak is ruled by its Punjabis and they kill hundreds in PoK Kashmir and Balochistan... Ethnic cleaning going on in Pak and PoK for past 60 years - severe human right violations... just very well shielded... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pak - your country is in the verge of subdivision: 1) Kashmir 2) Sindh 3) Baloch 4) Gilgit 5) Hijadistan (where Islamabad is)
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                      Ordinary Indian
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm
                      Thousands are being killed in Kashmir occupied by stan... the killers are ISI, -Punjabis, Pak Military, and its Hijada terrorists... Pak will be divided into pieces... 1) Baloch, 2) Sindh, 3) Gilgit, 4) Kashmir, 5) Hijadistan (=Islamabad region where their Sunny Punjabis live).
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                        Ordinary Indian
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm
                        patkistan tere tukde honge... insha allah insha allah.... (a) -Punjab (Hijadistan), Gilgit, Kashmir, Baluch, and Pashtunistan... Dekhte jaao...
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                          khan
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                          Indian military has become very advanced especially in medicines as well....the way they wedded military tactics with modern medical procedures is awesome......and the example is the latest 'surgical strikes'......lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These were not surgical strikes, rather they were Laparoscopic ones, which are done through very small s, and doesn't cause a pain.........lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;............."Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or key surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body...........source Wikipedia encyclopedia.....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Great to know, They performed and we were not hurt, and their public is celebrating..... they have a larger potion, but a large number of s as well.......
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                            MyTake
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm
                            Coexistence, Peace and well being of all is in the DNA of India, until, of course the marauders came with their marauding ideology! Proof: India was been living and living quite well even with 330,000,000 access points to God's very own WIFI NET! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India has some way to go because of hick ups that it has suffered by not responding the needs of time at different points in history but it is still possible come out of that hick ups. Not a single democracy aspires to be expansionist in nature or use terrorism as part of policy making of the state and that is where India should boldly step in to work with the positive forces that still prevails and by capitalize on that. World is today ready to even support those who want to rise in a peaceful manner and India is well placed to avail that opportunity.
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                              Iyanthiran
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
                              Modi declare war on stan. I belong to ABVP. And Inorder you to go for War with stan.
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                                Madras
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 10:56 am
                                Lucky that China walked into Tibet. Else Indics would have walked and occupied Tibet and would have skrewed it like they did the South Asia.
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                                  Bijan Mohanty
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 12:04 pm
                                  Modiji should stop lecturing and start delivering. Already half of his term is wasted in talking.
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                                    Bijan Mohanty
                                    Oct 3, 2016 at 3:42 am
                                    Ordinary Indian has to perform better to challenge stan, China. Otherwise all of us shall be only giving tall talks along with our leader Modiji and China shall occupy Arunachal.
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                                      Bijan Mohanty
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                                      We do not want Sonia,Rahul,Mamta, Lalu as you guessed but we want Arvind Kejriwal who can deliver without tall talks.
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                                        DD
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                                        .... stan will soon be divided into 4 pieces. Insha Allah.. Allah ki yahi marzi hai. Ameen. Summ Ameen
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                                          DD
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                                          stan will soon be divided into 4 pieces. Insha Allah..lt;br/gt;Allah ki yahi marzi hai.lt;br/gt;Ameen
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                                            DD
                                            Oct 3, 2016 at 1:32 am
                                            stan will soon be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;insha allah..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;aameen..lt;br/gt;summa aameen..
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