While paying rich tributes to martyrs who laid down their lives for the sacred cause of the nation post Independence, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lashed out heavily on the previous Congress government and said had there been courageous leadership in India earlier, there would have been no PoK dispute today.
He said this while honouring the families of martyrs at a function held on the right bank of River Beas near Nadaun kaswa of Hamirpur district Monday. “Generations survive by sacrifices”, he further added.
On this occasion, 600 sacrificial and ex-servicemen families were honoured by giving mementoes and clothes.
Speaking on occasion, Rajnath Singh said India has always given the message of world peace. Those who challenge the self-respect of the country will be given a befitting reply. The Defence Minister said if there had been courageous leadership, there would have been no PoK dispute today. Then today PoK dispute was due to a lack of right leadership.
He said that Indian forces were one of the best forces in World and now women were being deployed on warships.
Singh said,” The world’s outlook towards India has changed in eight years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who lead the country once used to release pigeons, now the time has come to release leopards. The country has a culture of bravery and dedication. The army of the country is of Dharma and Karma. The contribution of Himachal in the defence of the country is exemplary”.
The Defence Minister said we didn’t need any weapons to win. Victory can also be achieved through scriptures. It is also necessary to take up arms for your self esteem.
He said,” The people of India walk on the path of peace. India will become the World Guru and the world will walk on the path of peace”.
Remembering many sacrifices of Himachal brave soldiers including Major Somnath Sharma, Captain Bikram Batra, he said that their sacrifices had proved that Indian jawans were not lagging behind to safeguard their nation borders from enemies.
He said the roadmap for India’s development for the coming 25 years has been fixed. India will stop importing 311 military equipment within the next decade. All 311 defense equipment will be made on Indian soil. The Defense minister also hailed the state government.
Suresh Bhaiyya Joshi, Sarkaryavah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who was present on the occasion said that everyone has a contribution in the sacrifice for the defence of the country. There is a history of sacrifice, everyone has fought for the freedom of the country. It is important to have a sense of bravery, never misuse your power.