Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Oct. 14 : Stating that history of India stands as a witness that our ancestors never fought to acquire even an inch of other countries' land, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said "Gandhi and Buddha were born here because we live for humanity".
"It is the call of humanity that inspires our armed forces when they are helping people during natural disasters - nothing else matters," he said.
"When we think of our armed forces, we remember their valour. We also recall with pride their role during a natural disaster. It is the call of humanity that inspires our armed forces when they are helping people during natural disasters; nothing else matters," the Prime Minister while addressing a gathering during the inauguration of 'Shaurya Smarak' here.
Noting that India is one of the biggest contributors to the United nations peacekeeping forces, Prime Minister Modi said, "It was our soldiers who played a key role in rescuing people from Yemen.
Those rescued were not only Indians but also from other nations. Several soldiers from India fought and were martyred during the two World Wars." Asserting that Indian Armed forces don't just talk, but act, the Prime Minister noted, "Like our army doesn't talk but displays its valour, similarly our Defence Minister also doesn't speak." "I salute the mothers who have given our nation such brave Indian soldiers for the service of the motherland.
We should have respect and devotion for our soldiers 24X7," said Prime Minister Modi. "The demand for One Rank-One Pension (OROP) was persisting for years. We had promised it will become a reality and this is exactly what happened," he said, adding that the Shaurya Smarak is a "Tirtha Sthan" for us and for our coming generations.