The role played by the Indian armed forces during the Doklam episode and the Galwan Valley clashes not only enhanced India’s prestige but also raised its stature globally, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen C P Mohanty said on Sunday. Addressing an event, he spoke extensively on the key ethos of the Indian armed forces and highlighted their major contributions during the 1965 war, 1971 war and the Kargil conflict.
Citing recent events, Lt Gen Mohanty said, “What has happened in Doklam and Galwan not only enhanced the prestige of the nation, but it has also given us a big stature internationally.” “Today everyone talks about India as a net security provider,” he said at the event organised by Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS). “It is not going to be long when we also start being counted amongst the superpowers,” he added.
The troops of India and China were engaged in a 73-day stand-off in Doklam tri-junction in 2017 that even triggered fears of a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Indian armed forces put up stiff resistance to China’s construction of a road in Doklam near the trijunction. The dispute was resolved through several rounds of talks.