Operation Ajay: Indian citizens thank PM Modi upon touching ground

NEW DELHI | Updated: 14 October, 2023 1:57 pm IST
The Indians who had returned from Israel under Operation Ajay professed their gratefulness to the government

One such Indian citizen who had been stuck at Tel Aviv shared his delight at having returned home after witnessing the turmoil in Israel

NEW DELHI: As the second flight carrying 235 Indian nationals from Israel touched ground in Delhi under Operation Ajay’s evacuation efforts, the citizens projected their gratefulness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government and the Ministry of External Affairs.

One such Indian citizen who had been stuck at Tel Aviv shared his delight at having returned home after witnessing the turmoil in Israel. He said, “This is very nice and wonderful. We are very happy for this initiaive. Many thanks to the Minister of External Affairs Dr Jaishankar, the government of India.”

The returning Indians, upon reaching the country, unanimously raised slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ as they remained ecstatic of their homecoming.

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Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, who welcomed the Indian citizens at the Delhi airport, said that Operation Ajay will continue, noting that this is the second phase and they are trying to facilitate those who are willing to come back to India.

“We will continue (the Operation Ajay). There are about 18,000 Indian citizens there. This is the second phase, and we are trying to facilitate those who are willing to come back, so we are helping them,” he stressed. He added that among the 235 Indian nationals, of these 135 were students while two infants had also been added to the repatriation cause.

Another Indian citizen who had returned also depicted his delight at being back in India, thanking the Indian government for having made their return possible. He said, “This is a good initiative. I thank the government, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Minister and our embassy in Israel. Many students were panicking and feared if they would come back or not.”

Various state governments had also sent their representatives to guide the respective Indians back to their states.

Presently, as many as 447 Indian nationals have returned to India under Operation Ajay.

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