Developments in Afghanistan have highlighted the reality of our times, says Rajnath

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The developments in Afghanistan highlighted the reality of our times, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday while stating that the world is witness to the destabilising effects of terror and the especially dangerous precedence of violent radical forces attempting to gain legitimacy by creating a new normal.

“The only certainty about evolving geopolitics is its uncertainty. Changes in state boundaries may not be as frequent today. However, the fast-transforming structure of states and the influence that external powers can have on it is clearly evident,” Mr. Singh said addressing graduates of the 59th course of the National Defence College (NDC) at the convocation ceremony. Mr. Singh emphasised on the need to draw lessons from the situation in Afghanistan, far beyond the immediate reverberations being felt in the region and beyond.

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Stating that when these events are viewed, it is tempting to believe that terrorism, fear, medieval thoughts and actions, discrimination drawn on the basis of gender, practices that are seeped in inequality and dogmatic thought, can sweep aside the wishes of the people, plural ideas and inclusive structures, he said nothing can be farther from reality.

“And human history is a great teacher in this regard. Injustice, however powerful, cannot and will not defeat the collective power of the goodness that is inherent to human existence. This sentiment is evident from an increasing number of world capitals which have lent their voice in favour of liberalism, inclusivity and respect for international norms of governance and behaviour,” Mr. Singh said.

“There is now widespread realisation amongst responsible nations to come together against the menace of terrorism,” he stated.

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Reiterating that India is a peace-loving nation, but will give a befitting reply to anyone who threatens its integrity and sovereignty, Mr. Singh said, “Threats to internal and external security will no longer be tolerated. Our actions in Balakot and Galwan are clear signals to all aggressors.”

Mr. Singh called for proactive synergy among the armed forces in future military strategies and responses to safeguard the interests of the nation. He also exhorted NDC to focus more on the new and fast-emerging areas such as cyber, space, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. “The world has witnessed rapid transformation in all these areas of scientific knowledge. This technological progression must be accompanied by its military interpretation within the strategic community,” he added.

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