Army won’t forgive if we sleep when we should be awake: PM Narendra Modi

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Army won’t forgive if we sleep when we should be awake: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Army will never forgive the nation “if we fall asleep when we should be awake”. Addressing a rally in Bhopal before dedicating the Shaurya Smarak, a war memorial, to the nation, Modi said, “Sena bolti nahin, sena parakram karti hai (The Army does not speak but acts).’’ He said that like the Army, the country’s “Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar), also does not talk but acts’’.

The Prime Minister’s comments come nearly two weeks after India announced that it had conducted surgical strikes at terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC). Without referring to the strikes, Modi said, “Sena ke jawan kisliye apni jawani khapa dete, ki hum chain ki neend so sakein. Mere desh ki sena ko hum chain ki neend se so jaye, usse sarvadhik khushi milti hai. Hum chain ki neend se so jaye usse santosh hota hai. Hamare sone par usko shikayat nahin hoti, lekin jaagne ke wakt bhi so jaye to sena kabhi maaf nahin karti hai, aur durbhagya yeh hai kabhi kabhi hum jaagne ke samay bhi so jaate hain (Why do soldiers give up their youth? So that we can sleep peacefully. That gives the greatest joy, satisfaction to my country’s Army. Our slumber is never its complaint. But if we fall asleep when we should be awake, the army does not forgive. It is unfortunate that at times we fall asleep when we should be awake).”

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty… sirf sena jaagti rahe yeh to sena ke saath anyay hoga, hamein bhi jaagne ke samay jaagna hoga (It would be an injustice to them if only the Army stayed awake, we have to stay awake too when it’s time to do so),” he said.