Ladakh: Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Galwan Valley martyrs, gives strong message to China
Giving a clear message to China from eastern Ladakh, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the country will always remember the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash.
New Delhi: Giving a clear message to China from eastern Ladakh, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the country will always remember the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash.
On the second day of his Ladakh tour, the Defense Minister gave a strong message to China, saying that the Indian Armed Forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to every challenge. The Defense Minister also inaugurated 63 infrastructure projects constructed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) here. The purpose of this visit is to take stock of India's military preparedness in the region amid the long-standing border dispute with China.
Addressing an event, Singh said efforts should be made to resolve issues through dialogue with neighboring countries, but added that India will not tolerate if anyone tries to threaten.
The Defense Minister said that the incidents of terrorism have come down after the creation of Ladakh as a Union Territory. Several steps are being taken by the Center to bring investment and improve infrastructure here.
He said that PM Modi wants the political process to start in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
"PM Modi has already spoken to the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir. He will also talk to the people of Ladakh soon," he said.
In Leh on Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with elected senior representatives of Leh, Kargil and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.
The Defence Minister was accompanied by Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane during which Rajnath Singh also met ex-servicemen of the armed forces and discussed issues related to their welfare and national security. He also held talks with Lt Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur.
The Defence Minister will visit high altitude bases and several important places to take stock of the ground reality and boost the morale of the security forces guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC). His visit to this sensitive area comes at a time when a new round of talks between India and China has been held two days ago to resolve the long-standing military standoff.