Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 18:22:50

A determined Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Updated: September 16, 2022 11:52 am

In a late night conversation, yesterday, with US Defence Secretary, Austin Lloyd, India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh expressed his concern over America’s assistance plan to Pakistan for alleged maintainability of F-16 fleets, it has provided to the rogue nation. In a series of tweets, he said: “I conveyed India’s concern at the recent US decision to provide sustenance package for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.” While, in recent times, it has become a norm that external affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks on foreign relations, but time and again, Defence Minister has shown that who is the boss in matters of strategic affairs of the country. It is also not the first time that he has made strong worded responses on the matters related to the defence of the motherland. He has always asserted that a strong and confident new India is well-equipped to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye towards our territory. People should be aware that under his able guidance, defence ministry has taken a series of steps to develop a self-reliant defence ecosystem that provides indigenous state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to the armed forces to fight all kinds of future wars. Earlier too, in a strong message to China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that if harmed, India will not spare anyone. During India US 2+2 ministerial in Washington too, he underlined the changing dynamics of India’s strategic relations with other countries saying that New Delhi does not believe in diplomacy of “zero-sum game” and its relationship with one country cannot be at the expense of the other.

In last few years as Defence Minister of the country he has shown that he is a leader who leads from the front. Whether it is his sortie in Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as first defence minister to do so, or his meeting with soldiers on borders at Ladakh and Imphal, he is always available for the armed forces. He is one minister from the Modi cabinet who does not minces his words when it comes to the challenges faced by the country or the problems of the armed forces.

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