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Army Chief talks tough, says ‘62 won’t be repeated

There can be no repeat of 1962, when China defeated India in war, army chief General Bikram Singh said Wednesday.

At a media interaction here, Gen Singh said India had adequate military plans for its borders to counter any misadventure by any force.

‘Nahi hoga! (It will not happen),’ he said when asked if a repeat of 1962 was possible.

‘I am assuring the nation that 1962 will not be repeated,’ General Singh said. He said his mandate was ‘to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country’.

‘That’s the assurance I am giving. We will not let any enemy enter our territory. Plans are afoot on all borders,’ he said. He said necessary defences and military infrastructure along the northern borders of India were coming up.

‘Our frontiers are being guarded well,’ he said, pointing out that roads, bridges and other structures were coming up as part of military capacities in the northern borders.

‘Our preparations are going on adequately,’ he said.

‘The capacity of our forces are built not keeping any specific country in mind. We are doing it for building our defences keeping our own national security,’ he said.

He was referring to the Indian Army’s plans to have a mountain strike corps, an offensive formation for mountain warfare, in the northeast.

The mountain strike corps is meant to counter the Chinese forces across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that divides Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet. Asked about the government returning a file containing the strike corps proposal, Gen Singh said the plans were presently going through ‘a process of validation’ and the plans have not been shelved.

‘We will get back to the government to the observations made,’ he said. ‘These are proposals keeping in mind the national security.’

Asked about Chinese forces venturing into Indian territory, the army chief said the military teams from both sides patrol up to their nation’s perception of the LAC.

‘In such cases, these issues are taken up at the appropriate level through the existing mechanism. These issues are taken care of. When the troops on either side come face-to-face, they carry out a banner drill and return to their territory. The patrol teams disengage and go back,’ the army chief said at the press conference.
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