Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday amid an eight-month-old border standoff with China that India does not want war, but its soldiers are able to respond that a “superpower” hurts the nation’s pride. or not.
“We do not want war and we are in favor of protecting the safety of all but I want to say in clear terms that if a superpower wants to hurt our pride, our soldiers are capable of giving them a befitting reply.” Mr. Singh said.
The Defense Minister stressed that India never wanted to clash with any nation and wanted to maintain peace and friendly relations with its neighbors.
“I have always wanted peace and friendly relations with our neighbors as it is in our blood and culture,” he said with the Veterans of the Fifth Arms Forces at the Indian Air Force headquarters training command in Bengaluru.
Referring to the deadlock with China, he said that Indian soldiers have demonstrated exemplary courage and patience and every Indian would feel proud if this could be heard.
Mr. Singh welcomed the Indian soldiers who showed exceptional courage to “wipe out terrorists on Pakistani soil”.
Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat was also present.