New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there was a lot of anger in the nation over the attack in Uri, comparing it to the outrage seen during the 1965 war with Pakistan.
In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ which he started by paying tributes to the 18 soldiers who died in the Uri attack on September 18, PM Modi said, “This cowardly act was enough to shake the entire country. There is mourning as well as anger in the country.”
He read out a message of a student of Class 11 who had expressed anger over the Uri incident and had a wish to do something about it. After lot of thinking, he resolved to study for an extra 3 hours every day as his contribution to the nation, the Prime Minister said.
Appreciating the child’s “constructive thinking”, PM Modi said, “there is a lot of value to the anger that the people have”.
This, he said, was a symbol of the country’s awakening. This anger provides the drive to “do something”.
When 1965 war (with Pakistan) broke out and Lal Bahadur Shastri was leading the country, a similar anger was there in the country.
“There was fever of nationalism. Everybody was keen to do something. At that time, Lal Bahadur Shastri ji attempted to represent this feeling in an excellent manner to the world and he gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ to inspire the common people to work for the country.”