Befitting reply given to those who cast evil eye on Ladakh: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh. Modi said that while the country honours the spirit of friendship, it is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary.

Paying tributes to the 20 army men killed in the violent standoff with China's People’s Liberation Army earlier this month, Modi also said that India’s brave soldiers have shown that they will not allow the nation’s pride to be hurt.

The prime minister’s strong words on his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast came amid a standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh, with the opposition Congress constantly attacking the central government over the issue.

“Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. India honours the spirit of friendship. It is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, without shying away,” he said in his address without mentioning China.

The prime minister also made a vigorous push for the use of locally-made products. He said “vocal for local” is also a way to strengthen the country and to serve it.

Modi also referred to a woman from Assam who wrote that she has resolved to buy only local products after watching what happened in east Ladakh. “I am receiving messages on these lines from every corner of the country,” he said.

There have been calls for boycotting Chinese products in the wake of the Ladakh incident.

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