Keeping with his practice of spending time with soldiers on Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed troops at Longewala Post in which he asserted that India will give “prachand jawab” (fierce reply) if it is provoked. Mr. Modi said, without naming any country, that the entire world feels troubled by “expansionist” forces and expansionism shows a “distorted mindset” which belongs to 18th century. “India believes in policy of understanding others and making them understand but if an attempt to test it is made, then the country will give a fierce reply,” he asserted. His message comes amid the continuing standoff with china at Ladakh border. “No force in the world can prevent our soldiers from protecting our borders,” he said, adding that India has shown that it has strength and the political will to give a befitting reply to those challenging it. “The world now knows that India will not compromise with its interests even one bit,” he said.