Lauding the evacuation operations conducted by Indian agencies in strife-torn Yemen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he had received a lot of praise during his recent foreign visits for the rescue efforts which helped save people from 48 countries.
“Wherever I went abroad recently, I received a lot of praise for one thing — for saving citizens from around 48 countries from Yemen. Be it America, UK, France, Russia or Japan, we helped citizens from all countries,” the PM said during his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme. He added because of this effort, the world admired India’s philosophy of “seva parmo dharma (service is the ultimate religion).”
He lauded the External Affairs ministry, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy for having worked with patience and responsibility, and said the Yemen operations would leave an indelible mark on the world.
“Thousands of Indian brothers and sisters were stuck in Yemen a few days back. Rescuing and evacuating them in the midst of firing and bombings was a very difficult task, but we did it. Not just that, when we could save a week-old girl, we felt the real strength of humanity,” the PM said.
Recalling his recent visit to the First World War memorial in France, Modi said that during the WW-I, 15 lakh Indian soldiers had put their lives at stake by participating in it — “not for themselves or to seize anybody’s land but just to serve”. He also recounted that 74,000 Indian soldiers were martyred and 9,200 were decorated, 11 of them with the highest honour of Victoria Cross.
“Even in the United Nations, the role of Indians in peacekeeping is mentioned the foremost. This is a matter of pride for us,” Modi said.