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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong message on ‘Expansionism’ during surprise visit in Ladakh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, and Army Chief General MM Naravane, was flown to Ladakh for a surprise visit by chopper to Nimu, 11,000 feet up in the Himalayas and on the banks of the river Indus.

During this surprise visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing troops to a forward post in Ladakh today, said: “The weak can never accomplish peace, the brave do.” Describing the soldiers as “the braves of the soil”, the Prime Minister said the “enemy has seen your fire and fury,” delivering a strong, direct message to China after the 15th June 2020 clash in which 20 soldiers were killed in action.

“The age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back,” said the Prime Minister without mentioning China.

Every single Indian across the world, especially in India, has the belief that you all can deliver and keep the nation strong and safe. Your courage is higher than the heights where you are stationed. Your arms are as strong as the mountains that surround you. Your confidence, determination, and belief are as atal (immovable) as the peaks here.”

The Prime Minister’s visit served as a powerful statement against Chinese aggression at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since early May, which escalated to a deadly brawl injured on the 15th of June 2020 in which 20 soldiers were killed and over 70 injured. Army sources said 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.

Chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram” broke out when he arrived at Nimu earlier today. A video showed soldiers cheering as the Prime Minister walked amidst them, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, and Army Chief General MM Naravane. He was flown by chopper to Nimu, 11,000 feet up in the Himalayas, and on the banks of the river Indus.

PM Modi first interacted with soldiers from the Army, Air Force, and Indo-Tibetan Border Police, sitting in a camouflage tent. Later, he addressed the troops.

“Our enemies have seen your Fire and your Fury,” he said, addressing the XIV Corps of the Army in Leh that is called the Fire and Fury Corps.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited a hospital where several soldiers wounded in the clash are recovering.