Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Ladak to interact with the troops delivered an assuring and a motivating speech to the troops.
Speaking about the clash of 15th June, Rajnath Singh said,
“Whatever talks have happened so far, the matter should get resolved but to what extent it would be resolved, I cannot guarantee. However, I want to assure you that not an inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world.”
India Won’t Tolerate Any Dent To Its Pride
This was the first visit of the defense minister to the Lukung post near the Pangong Tso lake post the violent face-off between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army of China. He was earlier scheduled to visit but since the PM visited unexpectedly, he had to postpone his visit. The Lukung post, from where Rajnath Singh delivered the speech today is on the northwestern side of the lake, 43 km away from the Finger 4 area where the process of disengagement is taking place. Lukung post is a combined post where the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police are stationed. He further said,
“India is the only country in the world that has given a message of peace to the world. We have never attacked a nation and have never staked claim to any country’s land. India believes in the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. We do not want unrest, we want peace. It has not been our nature to hurt any country’s pride. If any attempt is made to hurt India’s pride, it won’t be tolerated. We will give a befitting reply. We are proud of our army. I feel proud as I stand among our jawans. Our jawans have laid their lives for the country. All 130 crore Indians are saddened by the loss.”
The defense minister is on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. He is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Narvane.