Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday lambasted the Congress-led government again by pointing out that only India did not have a war memorial.
Addressing a gathering of about one lakh people, who came to pay tributes to Indian soldiers by singing ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon’ at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Modi said: “The country saw several wars and so many have been martyred, but we don’t have a war memorial.”
When he asked the crowd whether we need to build a war memorial, they shouted aloud in unison in the affirmative. Modi then said that this was the voice and sentiment of the people from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
Futhermore, speaking about indigenous production of defence equipment and arms he stated that it
was our misfortune that we import them from foreign countries. “Arms figure in the top three or four items imported by our country. If we decide to believe in our youth, then in the next 10 years they will ensure that we export arms,” Modi added.
Stressing the need for a dyanmic defence equipment and arms import policy, Modi also said that the we can inspire the industialists to manufacture arms.
Lata Mangeshkar, who sang the patriotic song commemorating the Indian soldiers who died during the Sino-Indian War at the National Stadium in the presence of the then Prime Minister Jawarharlal Nehru on account of Republic Day in 1963, hummed a few verses of ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon’ today.
The crowd joined artiste Ashok Hande and his troupe while they sang the song.