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Modi Says Military, Economic Strength Essential For India Peace

Indian Army missile systems during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Indian Army missile systems during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Photographer: T.Narayan/Bloomberg

India sees war as the last resort, but needs a strong military and economy to ensure peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech to soldiers.

“India has always opposed war, seen war as the last option, but peace isn’t possible without strength,” Modi told the troops during his annual practice of celebrating Diwali with them. “A country is safe when the border is secure, economy is strong.”