The Indian army stands firm in countering any attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo along the country’s borders and India’s desire for peace is born out of force and should not be confused otherwise, the general said on Friday. army chief MM Naravane.
The army chief also said that differences in perceptions and disputes are best resolved by established norms based on the principle of equal and mutual security.
The armies of India and China have been locked in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, after a violent clash erupted in the Pangong Lake area. The two countries have held 14 rounds of military-level talks to resolve the impasse. “We stand firm in countering any attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo along our borders. Our response to such attempts has been swift, calibrated and decisive, as seen when the situation demanded it,” said Naravane in his speech on the eve of the Army. Day.
Naravane said the military has put in place additional safeguards to prevent any further attempts at military policy. “We believe that differences in perceptions and disputes are best resolved by established standards based on the principle of equal and mutual security,” he said. “Our desire for peace and tranquility is born out of our inherent strength. It should not be mistaken otherwise,” he added.
Institutional mechanisms and safeguards to counter state-sponsored terrorism have been strengthened both along the borders and in the hinterland, Naravane said. These mechanisms and safeguards have proven effective in reducing levels of violence, he said. “Our actions have demonstrated our ability and willingness to strike at the source of terrorism,” the army chief said. Over the past year, the Indian Army has resolutely discharged its responsibilities and been determined to safeguard the security and territorial integrity of the nation, he said. India’s active borders were guarded with determination and resilience, he said.
“Our brave officers, JCOs (junior officers) and privates have faced adversaries and adversity with bravery and bravery, even to the point of laying down their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” said Naravane. The Indian Army remains in a high operational readiness to face current and future challenges, he said. After the violent clash of May 5, 2020, the Indian and Chinese military gradually reinforced their deployment by dispatching tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.
Following a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area. Each side currently has approximately 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive area.