INS Vikrant testament to hard work, influence and commitment of 21st century India: PM Modi

Showcasing the country's growing prowess of indigenous manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Friday and said it is not just a warship but a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of 21st century India.

During the event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage. He dedicated the new ensign to Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, here on the coast of Kerala, every Indian is witnessing the sunrise of a new future.

"This event being held on the INS Vikrant is a tribute to the rising spirits of India on the world horizon. Today we are seeing a manifestation of the dream of the freedom fighters where they envisioned a capable and strong India," he said.

The Prime Minister exclaimed "Vikrant is huge, massive, and vast. Vikrant is distinguished, and Vikrant is also special. Vikrant is not just a warship. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of India in the 21st century. If the goals are distant, the journeys are long, the ocean and the challenges are endless - then India's answer is Vikrant. The incomparable Amrit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is Vikrant. Vikrant is a unique reflection of India becoming self-reliant."

Commenting on the new mood of the nation, the Prime Minister said, no challenge is too difficult f....

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