Even a single drop of blood of our soldiers is precious to me, said PM Modi at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi today. “Today’s India is a new India, a changed India. For us, a single drop of every soldier is precious. Earlier, no action was taken no matter how many soldiers were killed. Now no one can look at India with malice. India is ready with new policy and method. The world also now understands it,” he said.
“Today’s new India is fearless and decisive. Because of perseverance of 125 crore Indians’ perseverance, their faith, India is moving forward,” PM Modi added. This unity within India has rattled some those within and outside the country. “Some anti-India people are afraid. And I mean within and outside (enemy). And going by the atmosphere today, I can say, this fear is good. When the enemy is afraid of India’s action against terrorism, then this fear is good. When the wilful defaulters and absconders are afraid of getting their properties seized, then this fear is good,” PM Modi said.
“When ‘uncle’ speaks and if one family is afraid, this fear is good. When the corrupt are afraid of the law, then this fear is good,” he added.
Speaking on the challenges India is facing, PM Modi said, “While the country is moving forward, new challenges have come up. This challenge is those who make fun of their own nation and those who mock the country. I am shocked people are now doubting the defence forces when the country is standing shoulder to shoulder against terrorism. When the world is coming together to join us in fighting the terror, some parties are questioning us by supporting enemies. Pakistan is using statements of these parties and articles written by them.”
He added how to come across as anti-Modi, many have ended up being anti-India. “Modis will come and go, but the country will stay. India will stay. Hence I insist and urge them for your political ambitions and your intellectual satisfaction do not try to weaken India. Do you trust defence forces or you trust those who are spreading terror on our land?” PM Modi asked.
PM Modi said that today, the country has experienced the lack of Rafale fighter jets. “If we had Rafale, the outcome (of the February 26 air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan followed by Pakistan’s retaliatory airspace violation attacking India’s military installations) might have been different. Because of politics on Rafale, India has lost.” He then urged the opposition to criticise him and his policies, but not to oppose India’s progress. He urged the opposition to not end up supporting the terrorists like Masood Azhar and those who protect him just to oppose Modi.