As the tense standoff between India and China continue on the Ladakh border, India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India will never compromise on its “national pride”, asserting that it is no longer a “weak” country and that its security capability has increased.
Speaking at a virtual rally, ‘Jammu Jan Samvad rally’, Mr. Singh also assured the opposition that the central government will not keep Parliament or anyone in the dark about developments on the border and will share details at an appropriate time.
“I want to assure that we will not compromise with national pride under any circumstance. India is no longer a weak India. Our strength in national security has risen. But this strength is not meant to frighten anyone but to secure our country,” Mr. Singh said.
The defence minister said China has expressed its wish to resolve the dispute with India through talks, and the Indian government also has a similar view.
“This is also our effort to defuse the tussle between India and China through military and diplomatic level talks,” he said, noting that the two countries are engaged in military-level dialogue.
In his speech, he also stated that the annulment of Article 370, which had given the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir a special status, has led to all-round development in the union territory.