Nation can be strong only when its armed forces is very very capable: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday 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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 9, 2016 8:04 pm
modi, narendra modi, Vijaya Dashami, india pakistan, indo pak, surgical strikes, india pakistan BORDER, INDO PAK BORDER, KASHMIR LOC, INDIA NEWS “In this time of competitiveness, the need is that the nation should be capable and strong,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday 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 ( Deendayal Upadhyay) used to say that the country’s armed forces should be very very capable, then only the nation can be strong,” Modi said during the release of 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 BJP.

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

Modi also aid this year’s Vijaya Dashami is “very special” for the country, an apparent reference to the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across 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.

In a veiled reference to Pakistan, 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 ‘vipaksh’ to ‘vikalp’ 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, 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.

He said at the core of Upadhyay’s thoughts were the poor, the villages, the farmers, the Dalits and the marginalised and that is why this government is laying focus on such sections during the centenary year celebration.

“The poor is the central point of Panditji’s entire thinking. He used to say that the poor should be the central point of every thing. That is why in this journey towards development, our government is focussing on the poor and to help empower it.

“This government is celebrating Panditji’s centenary as ‘gareeb kalyan varsh’. Because of that government decisions focus on the poor and poor-centric schemes and policies are evolved. I am confident that there will be no shortcoming in this journey,” he said.

BJP President Amit Shah and RSS’ second-in-command Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi spoke on the need for strengthening India’s security with Joshi saying that India’s pursuit for national security was inspired by the need to defend itself rather than to defeat others.

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    Onkar Singh
    Oct 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm
    Is Modi trying to say that the armed forces are not capable and he is now going to make it more capable by denying them one-rank-one-pension,by not taking note of the anomalies in the pay scales of the Navy,Airforce,Army vis-a-vis the IAS,? He should be saying that he will take all steps required to be taken for the forces so that the jawans are not caught unawares.Since he comes from a closed mind because of his long ociation with the RSS he doesn't know how to address the problems of the Indian Army,Navy,and the Air force,their culture,their history,their battles,he thinks in black and white colours.He must ask his officers to brief him about the heroic deeds of the soldiers on the battlefield.Each unit has its own history of valour and courage.He must familiarize himself,widen his perspectives about them and then open his mouth.He says stupid things and his Ministers try to out do him and the things get messed up.The damage increases.The best thing for him would be to ask Amit Shah not to play politics with the sacrifice of the dead soldiers for for political mileages.The Jawans know the real character of our politicians including that of the PM.He should be aware of it.And he should be honest to address the problems of the jawans.
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      Ikok
      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm
      Having nukes is no capability
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      Chandu Shah
      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm
      Why not? The only way to do it. Israelis are very successful.
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        Chai
        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:13 pm
        Foreign military bases coming soon! Beware Indians, you are going to be SKREWED.
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          Dominic
          Oct 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm
          Modi is creating a base for forming an neo-Axis with Israel and India.
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            Harry Achari
            Oct 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm
            No axis, but the zombie disease should be cured. There are billions of people are suffering from this spreading disease
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            Krish.Kumar
            Oct 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm
            Yes. Go and lie down with Nawaz Sharif.
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              Hanna
              Oct 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm
              Some SoB said India was already a Super Power just by ratifying Environment treaty, specifically the SoB Honarable Anil Madav Dave.
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