Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday celebrated Diwali with troops, saying the world looks at India with respect because of their valour and “character”. He visited the Dograi War Memorial in Khasa in Amritsar and placed wreath at the venue of one of the toughest battles fought and won by Indian forces on September 22, 1965.
Addressing the troops, he said, “I have come to celebrate Diwali with you. I am happy to get this opportunity..”
Hailing the soldiers, the Prime Minister said, “It is because of your valour, dedication and dreams that the whole world looks at India with respect. It is not only because of the uniform but character of the armed forces.”
He said India holds its head high in the comity of nations because the generations of leaders in the armed forces nurtured the forces.
“I congratulate those who have provided leadership over several years to the armed forces,” Modi said.
“In the 1965 war, the Battle of Dograi on September 22, 1965 was one of the toughest battles fought and won by our forces. Battle of Dograi was won under the inspiring leadership of Lt Col Desmond Hayde, CO 3 JAT, adding a glorious chapter in history of our Army,” PM said in his tweets.