WATCH: PM Narendra Modi’s appeal pays off? Here’s what happened with Indian Army jawans at IGI airport in Delhi

Indian Army jawans saw a delightful change when they entered the Indira Gandhi International airport in the capital.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 11:52 pm
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“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf,” a wise man once quoted. The Indian Army selflessly fights battles and sheds blood to protect the nation, while we live in the comfort of our homes… In return of their sacrifice, what do we give them? Addressing the crowd in his speech on the inaugural day of Shaurya Smarak state war memorial, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an earnest request to the nation’s ex-servicemen, war widows, students and families to honour the soldiers, who lose their lives while trying to protect the nation.

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Saying that it can make a huge difference to their lives, Modi said, “Can we make this effort slowly and develop a tradition to show respect to our defence forces?” Constructed by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, the war memorial was unveiled in Bhopal on October 14, 2016.

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It seems that his message has sparked a change as the Indian Army jawans saw a delightful change when they entered the Indira Gandhi International airport in the capital. Major Gaurav Arya took to Twitter to share the video of the heartwarming welcome.

“0300 hrs, Indira Gandhi International Airport, crowds break into spontaneous applause when they see soldiers. The day has come,” Arya shared on his social networking media account.

When we contacted him, he told indianexpress.com: “Indian Troops were returning from a UN mission (you can see them in sky blue berets and turbans) and landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport today at 0300 hrs. The soldiers and officers were greeted on arrival by spontaneous applause by the staff and also other passengers.”

Expressing delight, he added, “I have never seen this happening in India. Reaction to this is simply fantastic, in the Army. They feel honoured and loved.” Sharing happy reactions to the incident, several Twitter users also responded to his tweet:

Watch the video here.

Soul stirring!

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    Sambit
    Apr 20, 2017 at 11:28 am
    While doing nothing to stop the corruption which is causing common soldiers to eat substandard food and wear inadequate clothing while defending the boundaries... Typical jumla sarkar.
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      bishnu
      Apr 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm
      I am not at all amused seeing the video.very often i ask do the country really deserve the yeoman service rendered by our valiant soldiers.do our soldiers reqire primeminister acknowledgement for their selfless service rendered to nation.it is well said that GOD AND SOLDIERS r only remembered at the hour of great crisis.As soon as crisis is over both r forgotten.Has he spoken once about the ever deteriorating situation in kasmir .where every day soldiers are getting martyred because of extremely dirty politics pla by our politicians ,dismal state administration,complete law and order failure.what is the point of having war memorial erected for those martyred whom you never gave their due when they were alive.SHAME
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        Bhuvi
        Apr 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm
        What we give our armed forces and their families in return for their sacrifices is mentioend in the following link : www.jansatta /national/bsf-jawan-tej-bahadur-dismissed-job-releases-video-poor-quality-lunch/303184/
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          Naren
          Apr 19, 2017 at 11:32 am
          Salute.. now people understand their true happiness. People are alive, what else they want?
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            manikantan
            Apr 19, 2017 at 11:18 am
            People should react in the same way with unison when somebody hesitates to hoist tricolour. Who doesn't or haven't should be sent to stan.
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              Critical
              Apr 19, 2017 at 10:54 am
              Just great
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                Sweths
                Apr 19, 2017 at 7:53 am
                They deserves applause.
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                  Romik
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 4:40 am
                  Excellent !! Continue the respect of the Armed Forces
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