New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation in New Delhi on Saturday (July 27), while attending a commemorative function of Kargil Vijay Diwas held at Indira Gandhi Stadium.  Every year, July 26 is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas as a tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil war of 1999.

PM Modi began the speech by paying respects and stating that the heroes of the war would continue to inspire the people of the country. He also said that it's not the government, but the country that fights the wars. And those who fight for the country with no care about their lives would always be remembered by all, he added.

As it is 20 years since the Kargil war, PM Modi recollected the time when he visited the battlefield 20 years ago claiming that it was more a "pilgrimage site". The Prime Minister said that after BJP came to power the government decided to increase scholarships for the children of martyrs.

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Pakistan wanted the boundaries redrawn and India thwarted the plan and defeated the neighbouring country's treachery, Modi said.

PM Modi stressed on the fact that over one lakh soldiers' sacrifices would remain unforgotten , adding that the world now is victimised by terror and that there are nations indulging in proxy war aiming to spread terror.

The Prime Minister continued, "Our retaliation with respect to Pakistan sent a message to other countries and made them realise our neighbour's wicked plots."

All countries must now come together to fight terrorism, said Modi. Wars have reached the space as well as the cyber world, he added. Defence forces must be modernised and the Army, Navy and Air Force should integrate well together, he further said.

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PM Modi concluded his speech with a pledge that the sacrifices of the bravehearts would never go in vain.

The event witnessed performances of the Shillong Chamber Choir and singer Mohit Chouhan. Jammu and Kashmir Rifles performed a drill based on the Bollywood song Taqat Watan Ki Humse Hai from the  film  Prem Pujari.