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India capable of taking on any security difficulty, says PM in Self-reliance Day speech

Modi likewise describes surgical strikes, which “made the world acknowledge our power”

Saubhadra Chatterji

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour during the country's 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi.

IndependenceDay2017 < img src="http://www.hindustantimes.com/rf/image_size_90x90/HT/Web/AuthorsAndColumnists/Pictures/Crop/20161122_DLI-VK-MN_Saubhadra%20Chatterji%20-004-k4jE-U20202503189NMH-250x250%40HT-Web.jpg"alt="Saubhadra Chatterji" >< p itemprop="image"itemscope= ""itemtype= "https://schema.org/ImageObject"> Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour during the country’s 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi. (AFP photo) India is capable of preventing any challenge to its security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, applauding the nation’s security forces for”compromising their lives to safeguard this land”. Modi made the remarks in his Self-reliance Day speech that he provided from the ramparts of the Red Fort. The PM also brought up in 2015’s ‘surgical strikes’ which, he stated, made the “whole world acknowledge our power”.

His remarks come against the backdrop of a tense stand-off with China near Sikkim and heightened hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

“India’s security, our internal security is the top priority of our federal government. We are capable to ward off any obstacles,” the PM said, while also describing terrorism.

The PM spoke mainly about the achievements of his government in the last 3 years and his idea of New India.

While talks have actually nearly collapsed with Pakistan after a series of fear attacks on Indian soil, India and China are locked in a border standoff at Doklam for more than 2 months.

His reference to the cross-border raids in September, when Indian forces damaged several launch pads from where Pakistani militants are pushed into the county, drew cheers and applause from the audience.

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