The PM’s chants of “Jai Shri Ram” at the start and the end of his speech drew cheers from the impressive gathering in Lucknow, the capital of UP where this slogan defined politics during the Ram temple movement in late 1980s and early 1990s.
Modi said that the first to rise against terrorism was Jatayu, a vulture in the epic Ramayana which unsuccessfully fought Ravana to stop him from abducting Sita. The PM exhorted 125 crore Indians to be Jatayu in the face of terrorism.
If everyone is alert, the evil designs of terrorists can be foiled, he said.
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Modi said that it was only after 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai that the world woke up to terrorism. “In 1992-93, when I was talking to the US secretary of state about growing terrorism in the country, he had said it was a law and order problem and not terror. But post 26/11, the world knows what terror is,” he said at the historic ground where Ram Leela if believed to have been staged for the last 650 years.