Defence Minister Rajnath Singh bolstered the confidence of Indian soldiers during Sastra puja celebrations on Dassera on Sunday while also saying that border tension should end and peace should be preserved.
This was in reference to the India-China conflict in recent months, as Singh made these comments during his visit to the Sukna War Memorial in Darjeeling to perform the puja, the traditional worship of weapons.
“India’s brave soldiers have sacrified their lives. We want that the Indo-China border tension should end and peace should be preserved. But unpleasant incidents keep happening. However, I am confident that our soldiers will not let anyone take even an inch of our land. History will remember the courage of our Indian soldiers.” Said Rajnath Singh.
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The Defence Minister is on a two-day visit to West Bengal and Sikkim to review the preparedness of the Indian Army. Singh visited the 33 Corps headquarters, which is responsible for guarding the Line of Actual Control(LAC) with China in Sikkim. Security has been tightened at the LAC in the Sikkim and Arunanchal Pradesh sectors.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in clashes with the Chinese People Liberation Army(PLA) soldiers in Galwan valley located in Ladakh in June this year. An undisclosed number of Chinese soldiers too were killed. China believes they have a right over Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh and does acknowledge India’s complete authority over these regions.
After six rounds of high-level military talks between India and China in September, the two countries agreed to stop sending their troops on the frontline in the border areas and ensure peace. The tension between the two countries however continues to prevail.