In an apparent reference to Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that this year’s Vijaya Dashami is ‘very special’ for the country.
“We will celebrate Vijaya Dashami in the coming days. This year’s Vijaya Dashami is very special for the country,” PM Modi said at a function to release compendium of 15 books on the life and teachings of former Jana Sangh chief Deendayal Upadhyay.
According to a PTI report, Modi calling the festival special in the backdrop of the surgical strikes was met with thunderous applause.
At the function, PM Modi also stressed on the importance of having “very capable” armed forces for a strong nation. Modi quoted Upadhyay as saying that the “country’s armed forces should be very very capable, only then the nation can be strong”. “In this time of competitiveness, the need is that the nation should be capable and strong,” Modi said.
In what is widely being seen as a reference to Pakistan, PM Modi said neighbours need not be worried if we exercise to strengthen ourselves. “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,” he said.
This is the first time after the Indian Army announced carrying out surgical strikes that the Prime Minister seems to have referred to them.
The Indian Army’s surgical strikes destroyed several terrorist launch pads, and are believed to be both a retaliation for the Uri attack and a move to pre-empt further attacks. PM Modi will be celebrating Dussehra in Lucknow this year. Breaking from tradition, PM Modi will attend the historic Aishbagh Ramlila at Lucknow on Dussehra this Tuesday.
Normally, Prime Ministers celebrate this Dussehra in Delhi.