President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday asserted that India will protect its national interest at any cost, as he referred to the expansionist move along the borders which was foiled by Indian soldiers.
“The past year was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives. The nation shall remain grateful to those brave soldiers,” President Kovind said, referring to the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese forces in June 2020.
“Though we reiterate our commitment to peace, our defence forces — Army, Air Force and Navy — are adequately mobilised in a well-coordinated move to thwart any attempt to undermine our security. Our national interest will be protected at all costs. We have also ensured a widespread understanding in the international community of India’s firm and principled stand,” the President said in his address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day.
He also made a reference to the recent agitation against the farm laws and pointed to “misapprehensions” around the issue.