Armed forces fully prepared to meet any eventuality
S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
Invalidation of Article 370 has done away the discrimination faced by people of Jammu and Kashmir for the last seven decades, said Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
He was addressing the annual general body meeting of Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi recently. The groundwork towards nullifying the well known article was taken up the during the previous tenure of central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
He said our neighbouring nation is not happy with the scrapping of Article 370. They may try to harm peace, but our armed forces are fully prepared to repel any atrocious effort by anti-social elements.
He also urged that IDSA must arry out careful, meaningful and five-dimensional analysis as new threats emerged in cyber and space domains in addition to the traditional threats from land, air and sea.
He also suggested that IDSA can study and speed up processes of import of Defence merchandise. Defence Minister said the Government adopted neighbourhood first policy which treats countries sharing land as well as maritime boundary with India as our neighbours.
It was reflected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit abroad in his second term to Maldives and in his visit to Mozambique. Rajnath Singh was unanimously elected president of IDSA by its executive council. Sujan R. Chinoy, director general, IDSA welcomed the Defence Minister and briefed him on the role and functions of IDSA. Rajnath Singh planted a sapling at the IDSA premises in the presence of scholars and members of IDSA.