Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Eastern Ladakh: Disengagement and de-escalation as a path forward

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated on Tuesday that although the military standoff between China and India is still going on in eastern Ladakh, the Indian troops are remaining “firm” and that the two sides will continue to negotiate a peaceful settlement, emphasising that de-escalation and disengagement are the best course of action. During a speech to the Army’s top commanders, Singh reiterated the confidence of the nation’s more than a billion residents in the force, calling it one of the “most-trusted and inspiring” institutions.

The Army leaders held lengthy discussions about improving the force’s overall fighting capability as well as national security issues surrounding China and Pakistan’s borders.

The minister of defence praised the Army leadership for effectively advancing the nation’s “defence and security” vision to unprecedented heights, saying

Singh also praised the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in his speech, stating that the organization’s work has resulted in a “quantum improvement” in road connectivity along the northern and western borders.

According to a statement from the defence ministry, Singh expressed complete confidence that, despite the forces’ hard stance, the ongoing negotiations for a peaceful conclusion will carry on and that de-escalation and disengagement are the best course of action in the current circumstances along the northern borders.

Even though both parties have finished disengaging from a number of places after intensive military and diplomatic negotiations, Indian and Chinese forces have been engaged in a standoff in several sensitive areas of eastern Ladakh for almost four years.

Regarding the circumstances near Pakistan’s borders, Singh praised the Army’s reaction to cross-border

The defence minister praised the “excellent synergy” that exists in combating the threat of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir between the Army, local police, and the Central Armed Police Forces.

“The synergised operations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are contributing to increased stability in the region and the same should continue,” he stated.

Singh praised the armed services for their superior operational readiness and capabilities, stating that he had personally witnessed them all on his trips to forward locations.

According to Singh, the complicated global situation has an impact on everyone on the planet.

Future conventional wars will involve unconventional and asymmetric warfare, including hybrid warfare. Future conflicts now inextricably involve cyber, information, communication, trade, and finance,” he said.

He emphasised the outstanding work done by the Army in combatting terrorism, securing the nation’s borders, and supporting the civil administration with all of its needs.

“The Army is present in every domain, from security, HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief), medical assistance to maintaining the stable internal situation in the country,” he stated.

“The role of the Indian Army is very important in nation building as also in the overall national development,” he said.

The Minister of Defence commended the Army’s leadership for effectively advancing the nation’s “defence and security” agenda to unprecedented levels.

Additionally, he praised the Army’s strategy for introducing and assimilating cutting-edge technologies.

Singh expressed gratitude to all the courageous people for their

An elite gathering known as the Army Commanders’ Conference takes place every two years in April and October. The conference serves as an institutional forum for conceptual discussions that lead to the formulation of crucial Army policies.

The commanders held a thorough discussion on the state of the frontiers and hinterland, the challenges facing the current security apparatus, and all facets of the security scenarios that are in place.

Furthermore, the conference addressed topics related to organisational reorganisation, transportation, management, human resources, indigenization and modernization, introduction of specialised technologies, and evaluation of the effects of various global conditions now in place.

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