military is fully prepared to defend the the country from “adversarial forces” …..says defence minister Rajnath SinghBy Yana Mir
New Delhi, 19 Apr 2020
India has put in place a robust mechanism to insulate the three services and their strategic assets from the coronavirus infection, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, assuring that the military is fully prepared to defend the the country from “adversarial forces” though it was fighting the pandemic.
In an exclusive interview, Singh said the fight against the pandemic is the “biggest invisible war” in last several decades and India is acting on a war footing with proper coordination among all agencies concerned and support of people.
He said the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force are strictly adhering to instructions issued by the Prime Minister”s Office, the Health Ministry and their own medical bodies for protection against COVID-19.
“The fight against COVID-19 is possibly the biggest invisible war in our lifetime. A war against humanity and having various impact on health and economic security of the nation,” he said.
“We as a nation are fighting the COVID-19 crisis on a war footing and all agencies of the government are working in close coordination. The armed forces are assisting the nation in its fight against coronavirus,” Singh said.
Asked whether the pandemic has impacted operational aspects of the military, Singh said they are prepared for all contingencies and ready to defend India”s sovereignty from adversarial forces in all scenarios.
Referring to the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the defence minister said India is dominating the enemy through targeted intelligence-based strikes on their launch pads.
“The Indian armed forces are prepared for all contingencies and I can assure you that we are prepared to defend our sovereignty from adversarial forces in all scenarios,” he said.
His assertion comes amid apprehension about possible impact of the pandemic on the armed forces, particularly after 26 Indian Navy sailors were infected by the virus in the first such large-scale case of infection in the Indian military.
“As you would have gathered from the operations along the LoC (Line of Control) in the last two weeks, we are dominating the enemy through targeted intelligence based strikes on their launch pads and eliminating them before they set foot on Indian soil,” the defence minister said.