PM Modi meets an Indian Army Jawan he met 22 years ago


On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Major Amit, an Indian Army soldier, in Kargil. Major Amit and PM Modi first met in 2001, when the jawan was a student at a Sainik school in Gujarat's Balachadi.

They reunited after 22 years, but this time in Kargil. The jawan framed a photograph of himself getting an award from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2001. Following an emotional encounter on Diwali, PM Modi and Major Amit posed with the photo frame.

In his Diwali address to the armed forces, the prime minister also recalled his visit to this border region in the aftermath of the Kargil battle in 1999, when the Indian military "crushed the hood of terror."

"There hasn't been a single conflict with Pakistan in which Kargil hasn't flown the victory flag," he added, adding that Diwali represents the "celebration of the end of terror."

PM Modi has been visiting several military locations to celebrate Diwali since taking office in 2014.