National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was the one who coordinated PM Modi's visit to Ladakh, along with Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General MM Naravane and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat
Bengaluru: The sudden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh in the wake of Galwan clashes caught everyone by surprise. Modi visited injured soldiers and even gave them a pep talk, reassuring them that the entire nation was behind them.
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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was the one who coordinated PM Modi's visit to Ladakh, along with Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General MM Naravane and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat,
Reports add that NSA Doval chose to remain in Delhi after having come out of two-week-long self-imposed isolation.
Such was the secrecy behind the visit that it came to be known only after the PM landed.
The visit is nothing less than a strong message to China that India is no mere pushover and will fight extremely hard to protect its sovereignty.
Reports also add that the Prime Minister has asked commanders to aggressively fight it out in case of any provocation.
Modi also took this opportunity to recognise the valour of our soldiers. He said, “The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere. Tales of your bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country. The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India’s strength.”
The most touching part of his address was this:
“Age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back: PM Modi in Ladakh.”
The PM also recognised the presence of women soldiers.
“I am looking at women soldiers in front of me. In the battlefield at the border this view is inspiring. Today I speak of your glory. Your will power is as strong and firm as Himalayas; whole country is proud of you.”
He signed off thus:
“I once again pay my tributes to the brave soldiers martyred in Galwan Valley. Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today.”
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Last Updated Jul 4, 2020, 10:12 PM IST