Ahead of inaugurating the newly-built war memorial — Shaurya Smarak – in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an apparent reference to surgical strikes, said the Indian Army believed in acting, not speaking.
Addressing ex-servicemen in Bhopal, PM Modi paid his tributes to brave soldiers on this historic day. “It is my privilege that I have the opportunity to pay my tributes to our brave soldiers here on this historic day,” he said.
“When we talk about our soldiers, it is mostly about their uniform, their valour but we must also see them as an example of humanity,” added Modi.
“While rescuing Indians in Yemen, Indian army also rescued a few Pakistanis, this is the example of humanity of our Indian army,” Modi said, taking a dig at the Pakistani army. He said that Indian soldiers do not think twice before rescuing Pakistani nationals, they didn’t think “these are the people who pelt stones at us”.
“It is the call of humanity that inspires our armed forces when they’re helping people during natural disasters. Nothing else matters,” he said.
The prime minister also hit out at the previous UPA government with regard to One Rank One Pension, when he said, “Previous governments had made empty promises on OROP but when we came to power we fulfilled our promise and implemented it.”
Before him, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed the gathering.
Parrikar said that the inauguration of the memorial is happening at a time when soldiers displayed extraordinary courage and valor on 29 September. He was referring to the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday declared a “special holiday” for government offices in the city after 3 pm.
“The state government has declared a special holiday on October 14 keeping in view the Shaurya Smarak dedication programme and traffic and security arrangements,” an official release said.