Soldiers should be ready for short wars: Indian Army Chief

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Indian army chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, on Tuesday warned his soldiers that they needed to be ready for short wars.

Speaking at a ‘Tri Service Seminar on the 1965 Indo-Pak War,’ the army chief said that the borders were quite ‘live with frequent ceasefire violations and infiltration bids by Pakistan.’

He said, “We are acutely aware that the swift short nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time. This calls for maintaining very high level of operational preparedness at all times, it’s something that has now become important in our strategy.”

General Suhag also said that the recent incidents of ‘terrorist violence’ in the valley was indicative of the fact that the violence could spread in other areas too.

He added, “Our threats and challenges have become more complex. The Indian army has increased in intensity in the past years. With frequent ceasefire violation and infiltration by our west neighbour, the border remains live and active. New methods are continued to be employed to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. The recent incidents of terrorist violence are clear points to extend violence to other areas.”

Commenting on the 1956 war, the army said that it was a ‘saga of raw courage’ that helped India to deliver a ‘blow’ to Pakistan.

He said, “1965 war is saga of raw courage, extraordinary greatness and dogged determination of the Indian military. Most prominently, Indian army delivered a blow to Pakistan across the entire western front. The war settled many negative myths, restored confidence and laid ground work for the spectacular victory in 1971 six years later.”

India’s is marking the 50th anniversary of 1965 war celebrations. General Suhag said that that India’s victory was due to the ‘overwhelming support from civil population.”

“Breaking caste and communal barriers, people, plunged into civil defence work. Cheering crowds saw marching troops to the fronts as patriotism swept across the country. This immense public support was highly important to the troops as it strengthened the bond between civil society and the Army,” he said.

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