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Images of former PMs visiting border resurface as Modi lands in Ladakh

PM Modi's surprise visit to Ladakh came amidst tension between India and China after the latter intruded into the Galwan Valley on the Indian side of the LAC

Saturday July 4, 2020 1:04 AM, ummid.com News Network

Shastri with Indian Forces

Mumbai: Images of former prime ministers visiting India-China border and mingling with Indian Army have resurfaced as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move landed for a day-long visit in Leh, Ladakh Friday.

PM Modi's surprise visit to Ladakh came amidst tension between India and China after the latter intruded into the Galwan Valley on the Indian side of the LAC.

In the face-off that followed, as many as 20 Indian soldiers were killed and a number of others were injured.

In Ladakh, Prime Minister Modi hailed the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the country and also visited the injured soldiers recovering in the hospital.

As the photos of Prime Minister Modi landing in Ladakh and addressing the India soldiers went viral on Twitter and other social media platforms, equally interesting photos of former Indian prime ministers visiting the border, and mingling with the soliders and addressing them were also widely shared.

In one such photo Independent India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is seen sitting with Indian soldiers.

PM Modi and other RSS and BJP leaders accuse Nehru of surrendering to China in 1962 war. In the similar manner, Congress and other secularists are now accusing Modi of surrendering to China.

In yet another image shared by journalist Ashutosh Mishra, former prime minister Indira Gandhi is seen addressing the soldiers during a visit to Ladakh in 1971.

In other images, former prime ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Manmohan Singh are seen with the Indian Armed Forces.

'Common thing'

Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday made light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to forward areas in Ladakh and said that "it is common for Indian PMs to visit forward areas" as it gives a tremendous boost to the defence forces.

"Today's visit to Leh by Modi is a good one. He met the injured soldiers. But if one looks back, then Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi visited areas of (border) friction over a dozen times and one needs to see it (Modi visit) in the same way," the senior Congress leader remarked.

Antony has held the Defence Minister's post for a record tenure from 2006 to 2014 in both the UPA governments at the Centre.

"In 1971, Indira Gandhi along with the then Defence Minister visited the same place which Modi visited on Friday. Visits like these will be a huge morale booster for all in the defence forces," said Antony.

He said that China has since made huge advancements into areas which they never ever did in the past, like in the Galwan Valley.

"The need of the hour is for a status quo ante; China should go back and if it does not they should be ousted from there," Antony remarked.

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