Dec 14: India-built INS Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, has been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, at a function in Mumbai.
Congratulating the people of India on this occasion, the Prime Minister described INS Kalvari as a prime example of ‘Make in India’ and an excellent illustration of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France.
The Prime Minister said that the 21st century is described as Asia’s century. He added that it is also certain that the road to development in the 21st century goes through the Indian Ocean. That is why the Indian Ocean has a special place in the policies of the Government, he added.
The Prime Minister also said that this vision can be understood through the acronym SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region.
According to Modi, India is fully alert with regard to its global, strategic and economic interests in the Indian Ocean. He said that is why the modern and multi-dimensional Indian Navy plays a leading role in promoting peace and stability in the region.
He said the ocean’s innate potential adds economic muscle to our national development. That is why, he added, India is well aware of the challenges such as sea-borne terrorism, piracy, and drug trafficking, that not just India, but other nations in the region also have to face. He said India is playing a key role in tackling these challenges.
The skill-set accumulated during the manufacture of INS Kalvari is an asset for India, Modi added.