Expansionism a mental disorder, reflects 18th-century thinking: PM targets China in Diwali address

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: November 14, 2020 3:24:26 pm





Jaisalmer: PM Modi addresses Armed Forces personnel during his visit to Longewala post on Diwali. (PTI Photo)

During an interaction with jawans at Longewala Post in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer on the occasion of Diwali Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said no force in the world could prevent India’s soldiers from protecting the country’s borders. For the last seven years, PM Modi has celebrated the festival of lights with security personnel.

Taking a veiled dig at China, the Prime Minister voiced concern against expansionism and asserted that India is becoming a strong voice against this thinking. “Today the whole world is troubled by expansionist forces. Expansionism is, in a way, a mental disorder and reflects 18th-century thinking. India is also becoming a strong voice against this thinking,” he told soldiers.

“India trusts the policy of understanding others, making them understand, but will reply strongly if it is tested. As long as you are there, this country’s Diwali celebrations will continue in full swing and luminescence,” he added.

His message to soldiers came amid continuing standoff with China at Ladakh border.

Extending greetings to jawans, Modi said his Diwali is incomplete without them. “I extend…

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