India must build defences so that no nation will cast 'evil eye': PM Modi
Published on Aug 16, 2014 3:24 PM
MUMBAI (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India must build up its military might to the point that no other country "dare cast an evil eye" on the South Asian nation.
Modi made the statement at a ceremony in Mumbai for the commissioning of the country's biggest locally built warship.
"Our aim is to achieve such prowess in our defence capabilities that no country dare cast an evil eye on India," Modi told naval officers and other dignitaries.
India, the second most populous nation in the world, is in the midst of a US$100-billion (S$125 billion) defence upgrade programme. Modi's new government has raised the foreign investment cap on India's defence industries to speed up modernisation of the military.
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