NEW DELHI: India wants to peacefully resolve the military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh but will not allow anyone to forcibly grab even an inch of its territory, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.
The defence minister made the remarks after reviewing the operational military readiness along the LAC with China in the eastern sector and performing ‘shastra puja’ on the occasion of Dussehra at the Sukna-based 33 Corps of the Army. He was accompanied by Army chief General M M Naravane and Eastern Command chief Lt-General Anil Chauhan.
Singh also dedicated to the nation the 19.85-km alternative alignment of National Highway-310, built by the Border Roads Organisation in Sikkim, which he said would “bolster defence preparedness” in the Nathu La sector in particular and the whole of east Sikkim in general.
“India wants an end to the ongoing border tension with China and restoration of peace. This is our objective. But at times, some nefarious incidents keep happening. I am very confident that our soldiers will never allow even an inch of our land to be taken away by anyone,” Singh said.
“I can say with confidence, on the basis of concrete information, that the courage and deeds of Indian soldiers during whatever has happened at the India-China border in Ladakh recently will be written in golden letters by historians,” he added.