Addressing the nation on his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks, and said the world would have to together battle terrorism.
The Prime Minister also wished the nation on the occasion of Constitution Day, strongly underlining that Constitution of India safeguards the rights of poor and weaker sections.
On the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, he said that India had been raising the issue of terrorism for last four decades.
“Initially the world did not take us seriously, but now the world is realising the destructive aspects of terrorism … The world will have to join hands to eliminate terrorism,” he said.
The Prime Minister said terrorism and extremism made an “unholy attempt” to damage the country’s social fabric and it was essential that all humanitarian forces became aware of the problem.
“This is the land of lord Mahavir, Buddha, Guru Nanak and Mahatma Gandhi, which has given the message of peace and non-violence…Terrorism is hell-bent on destroying humanitarian forces. Therefore, humanitarian forces not only of India but of the entire world will have to unite to defeat terrorism,” he said.
166 people, including the security personnel, were killed on this day in 2008 in suicide attacks by 10 Pakistani terrorists across Mumbai what is referred to as 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The Prime Minister also marked the Constitution Day, invoking BR Ambedkar and other architects of the Constitution.
“It is our duty to follow the Constitution in letter and spirit… Our constitution is all encompassing, it touches all aspect of life,” PM Modi said.