RM Rajnath Singh inaugurates three days Swarnim Vijay Varsh Conclave in Bengaluru
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh inaugurated a three days Swarnim Vijay Varsh Conclave in Bengaluru today to mark the Golden Jubilee year of 1971 Indo Pak war. Speaking during the inaugural event, the Raksha Mantri termed it as a just war fought to liberate people in the then east Pakistan from the oppressive and autocratic rule that violated the basic human rights of people in the present day Bangladesh. The minister noted that there was learning from that war on how interoperability of the defence forces can optimise results. In this context, the defence minister noted that the decision to form an integrated theatre command derives importance. The minister informed that the integration of defence forces that began with the appointment of Chief of Defence staff will continue with the integration of capabilities, procurements and the formation of a national defence strategy. The Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who spoke on the occasion, emphasised on synergising operations between Army, Air Force and Navy. He noted that China’s expansionist policy, the proxy war by Pakistan and the situation in Afghanistan have posed multiple threats at the Indian borders. Hence inter services cooperation is a must to enhance our capabilities and capacities.
Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar spoke on the subject namely, preparation of war. He said that non conventional war strategies are employed today to counter the adversaries. Use of electromagnetic spectrum, Quantum Computers, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, cyber warfare, electronic warfare, drones, hacking of geospatial data, kinetic attack on the space assets and use of Gray zone warfare techniques like use of state and non state actors and social media are posing new challenges. He informed that India has taken up modernisation of its defence forces in the last five years and improving infrastructure in the border areas.