Paying tributes to the 20 Army men killed in a violent face off with Chinese troops in east Ladakh, prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the bravery shown by the soldiers has sent a message about the strength of India.
Addressing Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel during his surprise visit to Ladakh, he said India’s resolve for ‘atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) becomes stronger because of you and your strong resolve.
He told the personnel that their will power is as strong and firm as the Himalayas and the whole country is proud of them.
Union home minister Amit Shah also lauded the prime minister’s visit to Ladakh and said the tour will boost the morale of “our valorous soldiers”.
Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda said the prime minister’s “words give words to the emotion of 130 crore Indians and act as a great morale booster for our armed forces”.