The country’s CDS General Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday that the Indian military forces are operating in a very complex and uncertain environment and they will have to increase the capacity for peace in the region because if the military strength is not strong then India’s opponents can take advantage . He said that India would like to share its military capability with the friendly countries in the neighborhood when needed.
The Chief of Defense Staff was addressing the opening session of the fifth annual conference of ‘Bharatshakti dot in’, a portal on defense and military issues. General Rawat said, ‘Today we are working in a very complex, uncertain and unstable environment. There is a big, small war in almost every region of the world. So if we have to protect ourselves, our country, the integrity of our country and our people, then we need strong military force. ‘
He said, ‘But then are we saying that the military force should prepare for war? No. Military forces must develop capacity to bring peace to the region. If we do not have strong military forces then the opponents will take advantage of us. General Rawat’s statement is significant because India and China have been facing a deadlock in East Ladakh for the last six months. A series of diplomatic and military talks have also been held to resolve the deadlock between the two sides. However, no concrete result has been achieved.
A message was read at the conference, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to several reforms undertaken by the government to acquire modern equipment and new technology and increase synergy between military forces. In the message, Modi said, “We are moving forward with the collective resolve of the country to create a modern and self-reliant India”.
In his address General Rawat mentioned the challenges faced by the military forces in difficult environment like forests, valleys and mountainous areas with altitudes ranging from 6000 to 6500 meters. General Rawat said, ‘Our navy is stationed in the Indo-Pacific region, from where ships are the most frequent.