Sindhudurg, Maharashtra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of legendary Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the historic Rajkot Fort, paying tribute to his visionary leadership and maritime prowess. The unveiling coincided with Navy Day celebrations, highlighting Shivaji’s pivotal role in establishing a formidable naval force.
Modi lauded Shivaji’s strategic foresight in building robust coastal defenses, including the impregnable Sindhudurg Fort. He emphasized how the Maratha king’s seal inspired the design of the new Indian Naval Ensign, adopted when the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, was commissioned.
“Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj understood the critical importance of maritime strength for any nation,” Modi declared, addressing Navy personnel on Navy Day. “Today, as we celebrate his legacy, we also reiterate India’s commitment to a strong and secure future.”
He further emphasized the government’s focus on empowering women in the armed forces. “We are actively increasing the participation of women in our defense services. India is setting ambitious goals and utilizing its full potential to achieve them,” he stated.
The Prime Minister’s visit was met with elaborate security arrangements by the Maharashtra and Sindhudurg Police. Major markets in the area remained closed as a precautionary measure, while traffic restrictions were implemented on key routes. Authorities transformed Tarkarli Beach and surrounding areas with a facelift and necessary amenities to welcome the dignitaries.
With this visit, Modi not only honored Shivaji’s enduring legacy but also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to building a robust maritime force, echoing the Maratha king’s vision of a strong and self-reliant India.
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