New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, paid  homage to Army personnel martyred in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley.

"A befitting reply has been given to those who cast an evil eye on Indian territory in Ladakh. India knows how to maintain friendships but it can also look someone in the eye and retaliate and give an apt reply,” PM Modi said during the 66th episode of Mann Ki Baat.

“Our brave soldiers have shown that they will not let any harm be done to Mother India’s pride,” he added.

He added that India will overcome the challenges of 2020. "People are commonly talking about one thing — when will 2020 end. They feel it has been a year of many challenges. There could be any number of challenges but our history shows that we have always overcome them. We have emerged stronger after challenges."

Twenty Indian Army personnel were martyred in a brutal assault by the Chinese military in Galwan Valley which escalated the border tension.