India has never attacked another country: Modi amid tension with Pakistan


PM Modi at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra museum in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: Twitter)

India has neither coveted any territory nor attacked any country, but its men have made supreme sacrifices for the national cause and freedom of others, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

His remarks came in the backdrop of escalating India-Pakistan tension after the September 18 attack at the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 soldiers were killed, and the Indian military’s subsequent surgical strikes across the Line of Control, the de facto border.

The Uri attack was the tipping point as Pakistan, accused of harbouring militants to do its military’s bidding, ratcheted up the Kashmir issue after civilian unrest engulfed the frontier state over the killing of a militant leader in July.

“India has not attacked anyone. It is neither hungry for land. But in the two World Wars, 1.5 lakh Indian soldiers laid down their lives,” the Prime Minister said at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a modern complex dedicated to overseas Indians.

India and Pakistan have fought three full-fledged wars and an intense two-month battle over Kargil in 1999.

Modi said the Indian community abroad did not believe in indulging in politics or grabbing power in foreign lands. They, on the other hand, mingle with other communities by following the principle of social well-being.

“They are like water. They change their colour and shape in accordance with the need.”

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