Talking of Indian defense force’s major contribution in world peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India has always vouched for world peace, unity and harmony. Underlining India’s participation in UN missions across the globe, he said more than 7,000 Indian security personnel are deployed on peacekeeping missions.
India is currently third highest contributor in UN peacekeeping missions across the globe.
“India, as a messenger of peace, has always vouched for peace, unity and harmony in the world. It is our belief that everyone should live in peace and harmony and move towards a better and peaceful tomorrow,” the prime minister said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Besides, Indian forces have provided peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people from a number of countries, Modi said.
India has participated in about 50 out of 71 UN peacekeeping operations undertaken so far.
In his radio broadcast, he also talked about India’s culture of respecting nature, highlighted the increase in Khadi sales, referred to cleanliness campaign and mentioned the role played by Sardar Vallabhai Patel in laying the foundation of the country’s unity.
He, however, expressed concerns over the modern health hazards like diabetes among youngsters. He exhorted the young ones to play more outdoors to evade such ailments.
Lauding the performance of Indian boys in the just-concluded FIFA U-17 tournament, Modi said Indian colts won hearts, if not medals.
(With inputs from PTI)