75th Indian Army Day: Rajnath Singh wants army to be future-ready

Speaking at the Army Service Corps in Bengaluru, Defence minister Singh ask the army to learn from the Russia-Ukraine conflict

NEW DELHI | Updated: 15 January, 2023 11:50 pm IST
Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh attended ‘Shaurya Sandhya’ Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan and Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande

Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort in growing India’s stature on the world stage and acknowledging that with changing times, Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s Indian armed forces need to be future-ready.

While addressing the gathering at the 75th Indian Army Day celebrations in Bengaluru, the Union minister also asked the defence forces to learn the lesson from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Defence minister Singh lauded the Armed Forces for adapting to the constantly-evolving times and dealing with the challenges with poise, patience and bravery.

Singh also exhorted them to further develop their capabilities and implement the lessons learnt from the ever-evolving global security scenario, including the Ukrainian conflict.

He stated that militaries across the world are actively engaged in modernisation and are working on new ideas, technologies and their organisational structure. He urged the Indian Armed Forces to work on their strategies, tactics and policies keeping future challenges in mind.

“Every today becomes tomorrow’s yesterday. Any military or organisation, which prepares itself only according to the present, soon becomes old and ineffective. It is imperative to work on tomorrow, the day after and the next 25-30 years. This will ensure our security and prosperity. Let us together build a developed and secure India,” the Union minister said.

Singh lauded PM Modi’s visionary leadership which has transformed India’s global image to that of a nation which is carefully listened to on international platforms. He referred to the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from conflict-hit areas of Ukraine, which was only made possible due to the Prime Minister’s credibility and influence on the global stage.

Defence minister Singh asserted that the government’s focus has always been on developing a strong and foolproof security apparatus and it is now playing a crucial role in the progress of the nation.

Singh said that due to the strength of its security system, India has become the fifth-largest economy in the world and emerged as a preferred and reliable investment destination. “In the last financial year, India recorded the highest-ever FDI inflow of $US 83.57 billion,” he said.

The Defence minister voiced the government’s resolve to continue strengthening national security by equipping the military with indigenous state-of-the-art weapons/technologies and making India one of the most powerful countries and strongest economies in the world by 2047. He assured the Nation that the Armed Forces will always be ready to deal with all future challenges.

“Over the years, there has been a significant change in every field – from society, politics to economy. Security challenges have also witnessed that change. Not only are they evolving with time, but the pace of that change is also increasing rapidly. Drones, underwater drones and weapons powered by artificial intelligence are being used today. This era has become technology intensive. Latest technological advancements have increased these challenges,” the Union minister said.

Singh commended the Armed Forces for ensuring the territorial integrity of the country since independence, terming their determination in dealing with challenging situations as unwavering.

“Our forces have successfully faced all the challenges, including those at the western and northern borders. They have upheld the country’s rich tradition with unmatched bravery, commitment and sacrifice,” he said.

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