The Indian Army will stand agency towards any try and “unilaterally” change the “status quo” on the borders and its need for peace and tranquillity shouldn’t be interpreted as an indication of weak spot, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane mentioned on Thursday, remarks that got here towards the backdrop of the Ladakh standoff with China.
In a message aired on All India Radio (AIR) on the eve of the Army Day on Friday, Gen Naravane mentioned the Army is dedicated to resolving disputes by dialogue.
He additionally mentioned the Army was swift and decisive in its response to the design of the adversary however on the similar time prevented the army stand-off in japanese Ladakh from escalating additional.
Referring to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, the Chief of Army Staff mentioned the Army shall not hesitate to strike on the very supply of terrorism to safeguard India’s pursuits.
Gen Naravane mentioned he was assured that the Army’s army character constructed on secular credentials, sturdy self-discipline and astute professionalism will proceed to strengthen the power in assembly the aspirations of an rising India.
The Army Chief mentioned the armed forces remained vigilant and decided to keep up “operational ascendancy” throughout all of India’s borders, be it the Line of Control(LoC), Line of Actual Control(LAC), AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line) or the worldwide border (IB with Pakistan)
“We will stand firm against any attempt to unilaterally change the ”status quo” at our borders, as is evident from the fact that the Army was swift and decisive in its response, while at the same time, preventing the stand-off from escalating further,” he mentioned.
“We are committed to resolving disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. However, our desire for peace and tranquillity should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness,” Gen Naravane mentioned with out naming China.
In a transparent reference to Pakistan, he mentioned the scourge of state-sponsored terrorism has been successfully countered by relentless operations, each within the hinterland and throughout the borders.
“The message is very clear: ”The Indian Army shall not hesitate to strike at the very source of terrorism to safeguard our interests”,” he mentioned.
The Chief of Army Staff mentioned the previous yr has been filled with challenges and alternatives.
“Our active borders have repeatedly tested our resolve and resilience. The Indian Army has been steadfast in safeguarding the security and territorial integrity of our nation. Our brave Officers, JCOs (junior commissioned officers) and soldiers have given a befitting reply to our adversaries, many laying down their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” he mentioned.
Gen Naravane mentioned the Indian Army has carved a particular place within the nationwide conscience as an establishment that prides itself in upholding its core values and ethos.
“I am confident that our military character built on secular credentials, robust discipline and astute professionalism will continue to strengthen us in meeting the aspirations of an emerging India. We will forever remain firm in our resolve to uphold the trust reposed in us by the nation.”
Gen Naravane mentioned the operational challenges have been additional exacerbated because of the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With its wide footprint across the country, the Army was able to considerably augment the national effort,” he added.
Talking about modernisation of the power, he mentioned the long run calls for a well-trained, trendy and succesful power supremely dedicated to the nation and “jointmanship” will probably be elementary to reaching success on the battlefield.
“We have undertaken a number of steps towards force modernisation and restructuring. These include focused capability enhancement of the Army through emergency and fast track procurements and rapid development of infrastructure. These efforts have greatly enhanced our operational preparedness,” he added.
“Our families too have risen to the challenges faced by us and have been steadfast in their support to their husbands, wives, fathers and mothers. We are equally grateful to you all. You are the bedrock on which we are able to perform our duties and face these challenges,” he mentioned.
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