Tribune News Service
Jammu, July 3
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid a surprise visit to Ladakh to assess the border situation.
The eastern Ladakh has become a theatre of a prolonged standoff between Chinese and Indian troops.
The PM concluded his visit with the message from the soldiers that they were ready to face any eventuality without batting an eyelid.
Modi, who reached Leh in the morning, had a major strategic session with the army commanders, where the 14 Corps Commander gave a detailed view of the situation since May, how the standoff started and also how it looks like as of today in terms of the estimated strength of the soldiers and their machinery on both the sides.
The PM was greeted with slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Matramm’ by the soldiers, who also raised their arms.
Modi was also briefed about the evolving situation since May at Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, Demchok and Hot Springs in the eastern Ladakh by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, who had led the Indian delegation in the three rounds of talks with his Chinese counterpart Major General Liu Lin.
According to the latest situation, the soldiers on the two sides are to disengage as part of the de-escalation, that is, both sides have to scale down the aggressive posturing, though the standoff position would remain till the two sides sort out all the issues.
The PM was accompanied by Chief of Defence Services Gen Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane.
Modi addresses soldiers in Ladakh
*I am again paying respect to brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Galwan Valley: PM Narendra Modi.
*Bravery you have shown recently has sent a message to the whole world about India’s strength: Modi.
*Our resolve for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ becomes stronger because of you and your strong resolve: Modi.
*Your willpower is as strong and firm as the Himalayas; the whole country is proud of you, Modi tells soldiers.
*Era of expansionism has ended; it is time for development: Modi.
*We are putting adequate focus on requirement of armed forces: PM to troops in Ladakh.
*Bravery is a prerequisite for peace: PM Modi to troops.
*You have shown exemplary dedication in Galwan Valley; the country is proud of all of you: PM Modi to troops in Ladakh. PTI