Modi with jawans for Diwali 2020

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Diwali is complete when he is with jawans. Adding he could not stay away from his own on this festival. He said the more time he spent with the soldiers, the stronger his resolve to serve and protect the country got.

Modi tweeted, “Every year, I cherish spending Diwali with our security forces. It is a way of reaffirming our solidarity with them, as they bravely protect the nation and ensure our country can scale new heights of progress”.

“Your sacrifices teach the country discipline and sense of service,” the Prime Minister told soldiers, referring to his government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus and also to restart the economic activity fully.

Addressing soldiers at the forward post, which has become a part of military legend after troops here successfully thwarted numerically higher Pakistani forces in the 1971 war, Modi took a swipe at China without naming it, saying the world is troubled by “expansionist forces” and expansionism shows a “distorted mindset” that belongs to the 18th century.

“No force in the world can prevent our brave soldiers from defending our borders… The world today knows that we will not compromise with our interests even one bit at any cost,” he said amid a standoff with China at Ladakh border.