MARKING TWO years after the terror attack in Pulwama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday paid homage to the 40 CRPF jawans who were killed in the car bombing that targeted their convoy and said that their bravery will inspire generations.
“No Indian can forget this day. Two years ago, the Pulwama attack happened. We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations,” Modi said.
Speaking in Chennai, the Prime Minister also hailed the defence forces as he dedicated the indigenously designed and manufactured “Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A” to the nation, and praised the farmers of Tamil Nadu.
He promised to protect the “rightful interests” of fishermen from Tamil Nadu while pointing out that “there is no Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan custody” today, and listed various initiatives his government has taken for the welfare of the Tamil population in the neighbouring island nation.
“The issue of Tamil rights has also been taken up by us consistently with Sri Lankan leaders. We are always committed to ensuring that they live with equality, justice, peace and dignity,” he said.
Modi was in Chennai to launch various initiatives, including laying the foundation to modernise the 636-km-long Grand Anicut Canal System that will “improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land” in Thanjavur and Pudukkottai districts. In this context, he said: “I…