It is not unusual for an army chief to call on the family of a martyred soldier. But possibly because of the public attention the decapitation of the two jawans on January 8 attracted, General Bikram Singh visited the home of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh in Shergarh village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Chandrani Banerjee caught up with him on his return. Excerpts from an interview:
Is India economically prepared to wage a war?
War would be an extreme step. It’s the last thing on the list of priorities, always the last resort. Various steps have to be taken before a country can think about war. It’s the last thing we should talk about.
What is the Indian army’s current position on the recent incidents involving Pakistan?
We will try to use four to five technical steps that are there. Straight talks, dual talks, engagement, battle, and only then does the question of war come. Currently, engagement of people in talks has been encouraged. In the current scenario, it is being used to defuse tension.
You have claimed that we have concrete proof against Pakistan. Could you give us some details?
The Indian army has concrete evidence. This means we have enough and solid intelligence inputs with us. Apart from this, we have other corroborative evidence to show what Pakistan is doing in the frontier and border regions.
What kind of intelligence inputs do we have against Pakistan?
We have given all the details and supporting evidence to the government. There is enough and concrete evidence to support our claim of the beheading of Indian soldiers.
What is our intelligence preparedness on the border?
The amount of proof available on the matter shows our preparedness. We have countered the other country with solid and sufficient evidence, the basis of our claim in the ongoing matter. It was also on the basis of our operational intelligence that we can say that this was a premeditated, pre-planned action by Pakistan.
How prepared is the army for any eventuality?
The Indian army has kept its operational preparedness at the highest level in view of various challenges. I want to assure the nation that the Indian army is prepared to face all challenges to national security.
I don't think that people avoid war, because war is bad. I mean, the soldier does think that he will have to fight, someday. And, some like me, think that war unites a nation, and some people might appreciate it. Democracy might lead to an unpleasant diplomatic situation, which is extremely strange. I mean, plainly, there are more pressing situations within the borders of a democracy, and when wars are engaged by democracies, it seems that Martians have visited. I don't think that certain situations do not brook wars, because even soldiers who initiate wars, do not expect it. I can appreciate that India is not at war, but no one would want a govt. to govern, if a war is entered into by the Indian democracy, and seen to be instigated by her. Where this idea does not apply to the U. S. invasion of Panama, for instance, is because it seems the people didn't know that Panama would be invaded, before they knew of the invasion. One comes to look at democracy not as an idealist, but as a realist, on such musings.
Jai Hind, sir!!
"Straight talks, dual talks, engagement, battle, and only then does the question of war come"
OK. Dont talk about war. What about battle? I mean, if Pakis can engage in a low level warfare, why cant we do the same?
What wonders me- Does Pakistan also think of war, taking it to be the last thing ?. If it is so why does it violate the agreement,cease fire etc.on LOC. Why does he continue firing on our posts on LOC.Does it not provoke our army ? Why it`s our country that takes the war to be last thing to be talked about
Foolish talk by Gen Singh
War is not talked about, it is fought!! Armchair Generals like Singh do talk about war.
He talked retaliation on being provoked....
Is beheading of indian soldiers is act of kissing or provocation?
He says "The amount of proof available on the matter shows our preparedness."
Beheading amidst such grand preparedness?
Country is not safe in HANDS of MMS
Border is not safe in hands of Gen Singh.
Reluctant Rahul baba did not support openly to Anti-Rape movement... Because he has to fear most as after a law passed he has to fear most as he is not married.
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