Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday the country will no longer compromise on its ” national pride” and that the country was not ‘weak’ anymore, as its border tensions with China continue to rise.
Singh, while addressing a virtual rally in occupied Kashmir, stated that the Indian government will not keep the parliament or anyone in the dark about the ongoing standoff with China, assuring that details of the evolving situation will be shared at an appropriate time.
“I want to assure that we will not compromise with national pride under any circumstance. India is no longer a weak India. Our strength in national security has risen. But this strength is not meant to frighten anyone but to secure our country,” Singh was quoted by the TV channel.
The BJP leader claimed that China wants to resolve its dispute with India through talks, and that the Indian government also held a similar view.
“This is also our effort to defuse the tussle between India and China through military and diplomatic level talks,” he said, noting that the two countries are engaged in military-level dialogue.
The “stand-off” at Naku La sector near the 15,000-feet (4,572-metre) Nathu La crossing in the northeastern state of Sikkim — which borders Bhutan, Nepal and China — was later resolved after “dialogue and interaction” at a local level, Hooda had revealed.
“Temporary and short duration face-offs between border-guarding troops do occur as boundaries are not resolved,” he had said.
Some 150 soldiers were involved in the face-off.PTI