Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a strong message to China saying India is “capable of giving a fitting reply, be it any situation.” His remarks come after the border fight in Galwan Valley, Ladakh on Monday killed twenty Indian soldiers. Before starting a meeting with chief ministers on COVID-19, the PM along with other ministers paid tribute to the 20 martyred soldiers with two minutes silence.
“I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important,” PM Modi said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singgh were also present in the meeting. “No one should be in any doubt. India wants peace but when provoked, it is capable of giving a fitting reply, be it any situation.”
“We never provoke anyone but we will not compromise with integrity and sovereignty. Whenever time has come, we have proved our strength and capabilities in protecting our integrity and sovereignty. Sacrifice and resilience is in our national character. But valour and courage is also our country’s character,” the Prime Minister warned.
Army sources also confirmed that 45 Chinese soldiers have been killed or injured during the fight. At first the death of three soldiers, including a Colonel, were confirmed. Later, the army added that 17 more critically wounded soldiers were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures” and died of their injuries.
“The Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour. We are proud of the bravery and courage of India’s bravehearts,” Defence minister Rajnath Singh posted on Twitter.
China claimed that Indian soldiers have crossed LAC, which New Delhi rejected, and warned India against making any unilateral movement that could complicate the situation. China said it wanted to avoid further clashes with India. India “strictly restrain frontline troops, not illegally cross the border, not make provocative gestures, not take any unilateral actions that will complicate the border situation,” said China.