Talking about the various efforts made by his government to fortify the Army, PM Modi said that countering terrorism was the most important global issue, while addressing at the Kargil Diwas Celebrations on Saturday at New Delhi's IGI Stadium.
"Our Army is ahead in war strategy. But according to present global tensions, the way we fight has changed. Terrorism is currently the biggest challenge to humanity. Due to some political aspirations, may countries are undergoing pseudo wars. Some are encouraging terrorism. It is the need of the hour for all countries who believe in humanity to come together to fight terrorism," he said.
"Now the war has reached space too including the cyber world. Hence to fortify the Army is the need and our priority. Be it the Navy, Airforce or the Armed forces, India's Army must have the technology to reach the pinnacle in their respective fields. For the country's protection, India will not come under anyone's pressure, impact or absence. If there is a nuclear threat to the nation, we have countered that by testing the ASAT technology (Mission Shakti). From the deep seas to the vast space, wherever India need protection, the country will use its skill to its maximum," he added.
Recounting Pakistan's underestimation of India, PM Modi shared the pride Indian soldiers hold on a global platform for their sacrifices.
"Pakistan has always fought with us with respect to Kashmir -1946, 1965 and 1999. Atal ji had said that with respect to Kargil, Pakistan expected India to retaliate, play politics and due to the isolation, the world would get scared, which would help them to draw a new LoC. But they did not expect that we would a decisive answer," said PM Modi.
He added: "When I go to Israel, those leaders show me the pictures of Indian soldiers who helped in freeing Haifa. In France, there is a memorial dedicated to more than 1,00,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the World War. The world cannot forget that India has sacrificed the highest number of soldiers in peacekeeping missions."
Talking about India's technological advancement in ASAT technology to the Make in India movement in the Defence Sector, PM Modi said that for the Army to be truly decisive, they must come together not only in technology but in practice, like the tricolour in our national flag.
"Tanks, missile, fighter jets and defence missiles are being manufactured with this aim in mind. We have increased our capabilities in Make In India fro the Defence sector by allowing private investment as well as global investment. We will soon procure the best missiles to strengthen our country," he said.
"But for the Army to be decisive, along with tools we need jointness. Irrespective of the uniform, the aim is one and the mind is one. Like our flag has three colours, which combine to make a flag, inspiring us to sacrifice our lives, the Army's three wings must combine not only in skill but in practice," he advised.