NEW DELHI, Oct 21 - India never eyes anyone else�s territory but will hit back with �double the force� if its sovereignty is ever challenged, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of proclamation of the Azad Hind government by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
He also said his government is working towards providing the armed forces with better technology and latest weapons even as efforts are under way to make the lives of soldiers easier by giving them better facilities. �We are heading towards building an army which was once envisioned by Netaji (Bose),� the Prime Minister said.
Modi said his government took decisions such as carrying out surgical strikes across the Line of Control and providing benefits of �one rank, one pension� to ex-servicemen.
The Prime Minister hoisted the National Flag at the historic Red Fort to mark the event. Donning the cap of the Indian National Army presented to him by one of the close aides of the Netaji, Modi said it has been the Indian tradition not to eye someone else�s territory, �but when our sovereignty is challenged, we will hit back with double the force.� India will continue to use its military might �only for self defence,� he added.
The Prime Minister also cautioned people against forces inside and outside India which are working against the country by targeting its independence, unity and constitution. �It is the duty of every Indian to fight and defeat such forces,� he said, adding that a feeling of nationalism and �Indianness� is must to counter such designs. � PTI