India must remain vigilant in the face of the uncertainties and upheavals of the current era: Rajnath
Chennai, Aug 28 (PTI) India must remain vigilant to deal with any possible impact of the “uncertainties and upheavals” of the current era, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday, against the backdrop of the security situation unstable in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control almost two weeks ago.
In a speech after dedicating a locally built coastguard vessel, he also looked at emerging challenges in the Indian Ocean, a region that has seen growing rivalry between India and China.
“The changes that are taking place in the world often become a matter of concern for us. We, as a nation, must keep our guards high in these times of uncertainty and upheaval in the world,” said the Minister of Justice. Defense.
His comments came amid growing concerns within the Indian security establishment over the possibility of a spillover of terror from Afghanistan to Jammu and Kashmir via Pakistan and increasing terrorist activities, in particular by groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. .
The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said on Wednesday that contingency plans were in place to firmly combat any possible terrorist activity from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to India.
“Today the world is changing very rapidly. Economic, political and trade relations between countries are constantly fluctuating. Nothing can be said about the next news from another country,” Singh said.
“Obviously, our country cannot remain insensitive to these developments. This applies all the more to a country like ours, being a country whose interests are directly linked to the Indian Ocean,” he said. declared.
The Indian Ocean, a key geostrategic space and considered the backyard of the Indian Navy, is experiencing a growing Chinese military footprint, forcing the Indian Navy to expand its presence.
“The Indian Ocean region, with over two-thirds of global oil shipments, one-third of bulk cargo and over half of container traffic, is a key route to achieving self-interest,” Singh said. .
“And as I just mentioned, today’s changing world is certainly impacting these areas as well. As such, we need to be vigilant at all times,” he said.
The defense minister said that in view of the reasons of global security, border disputes and maritime domination, countries around the world are moving towards modernization and strengthening of their military power.
He said the demand for military equipment is continually increasing, noting that reports suggest that over the next two years, global security spending will reach $ 2.1 trillion and is expected to increase significantly over the next five years. .
“In such a situation, we now have a great deal of latitude to make full use of our capabilities, to take advantage of the policies and to move forward towards transforming the country into an indigenous hub for shipbuilding,” he said.
Singh also said the Indian Coast Guard has made its mark internationally by playing a leading role in coastal security as well as maritime crises and disasters. PTI MPB
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