War necessary at times to save humanity: PM Narendra Modi

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Making his first public address after the surgical strikes by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday started with “Jai Shri Ram” and ended with a note of peace saying “our last refuge should remain with Buddha”.

While invoking the symbol of peace, he also said that yudh (war) at times becomes necessary to save humanity. “Hum yudh se Buddh ki ore chale jaaten hain, Yudh bhi kabhi kabhi zaroori hota hai. Yeh desh sudarshan chakradhari ka bhi hai, isi desh me charkha dhari Mohan ki pratigya ko bhi manta hai. Dono tarazuon par balance rakhna hai.” (We move from war to Buddha. Sometimes war is also necessary. This country is also Lord Vishnu’s and also revers Mahatma Gandhi. We have to maintain the balance on the weighing scales),” he said addressing the gathering at Ramlila Samiti Maidan at Lucknow.

This is the first time that an incumbent prime minister has stepped out of Delhi for Dussehra celebrations and that too in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, at a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is being accused of politicising the Indian Army’s surgical strikes.

 

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