Lashing out at Pakistan for glorifying terrorists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday declared that the country will not bow before terrorism.
Addressing the nation on Independence Day, Modi said that people of Baluchistan and PoK had thanked him for raising issue of atrocities against them.
In a 90-minute address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi made no reference to the situation in Kashmir valley which has been rocked by violence after the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani, but accused Pakistan of glorifying terrorists and celebrating killings in India.
This was an obvious reference to Wani who has been hailed as a martyr by Pakistan, which was not directly named by him.
Attired in his trademark half sleeves kurta and sporting a Rajasthani turban, Modi devoted bulk of his address on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day to presenting in effect a report card of his government’s work particularly in boosting economic growth, ease of doing business and welfare schemes for the poor and farmers.
The Prime Minister, who has spoken out against atrocities on dalits in the recent days, said a strong country cannot be built without a strong society which is based on social justice.
He asserted that a “tough and sensitive” approach is required to tackle the age-old social evils including castism or untouchability.
Referring to terrorism, he asked the youth of the country to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream, saying they have not achieved anything by taking the path of terror and extremism.
(With PTI inputs)