In a stern message to China, Army chief General MM Naravane on Friday said it should not make the mistake of testing India’s patience, even though New Delhi wants to resolve the nine-month-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh through dialogue.
Addressing the annual Army Day parade in Delhi cantonment, he said a “befitting reply” was given to the Chinese “conspiracy to unilaterally change the status quo” on northern borders. “I want to assure the country that the sacrifice of the Galwan heroes will not go in vain.
The Army will not allow any harm to the country’s sovereignty and security,” he said. “We are committed to resolving disputes through talks and political efforts, but no one should make the mistake of testing our patience,” he said, adding that the “morale” of Indian soldiers deployed in forward areas was “higher than the mountains they were defending”. Eight rounds of corps commander-level talks, apart from diplomatic dialogue, have been held with the PLA to defuse the Ladakh confrontation.
The lack of any tangible progress in resolving the stand-off, in fact, has led to a major delay in even scheduling the ninth round of military talks after the eighth one was held on November 6.