New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" and said that "India has given befitting reply in Ladakh to those who eyed its territory".

Speaking about the standoff between India and China at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, the Prime Minister said that the world has seen India's strength and its commitment to peace, adding that a befitting reply has been given to those coveting the country's territories.

"India bows to our brave martyrs who lost their lives in Ladakh. Their valour will always be remembered. Families who lost their sons, still want to send their other children to defence forces... their spirit and sacrifice is venerable," news agency ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.

Paying tributes to the martyrs of the Galwan Valley standoff, PM Modi said that people across the country are writing and reiterating their support to the movement to make India self-reliant, adding that being "vocal about local is a great service to the nation".

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"Our pursuits and endeavours should be in the same direction…we should strive towards enhancing the country’s capabilities and capacities in safeguarding our borders. A self-reliant India would be a tribute to our martyrs in the truest, deepest sense," All India Radio quoted PM Modi as saying.

"Whatever be your profession; wherever, there is ample scope in the realm of service to the country. Keeping in mind the requirement of the country, whatever you do, comes under this very spirit of service," PM Modi added. 

PM Modi's statements comes days after the violent standoff between India and China that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, including a Colonel rank officer. According to a report by news agency ANI, the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties during the standoff.

Following the clash, India said that the conduct of the Chinese forces in the region is in "complete disregard" of all mutually agreed norms, and warned that "continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship" between the two nations.

Meanwhile, senior military commanders of the two armies on Monday held a nearly 11-hour meeting during which they arrived at a "mutual consensus" to "disengage" from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh in a gradual manner.

In the diplomatic talks, both sides agreed to ensure expeditious implementation of the understanding on disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh as decided in a meeting of senior military commanders on June 6.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma