Union Minister Gen VK Singh at Times Now Summit 2022.
Singh was responding to a question by Times Now’s Padmaja Joshi on opposition and NDA government’s critics slamming Modi for meeting Xi Jinping following the Galwan and asked ‘Lal Ankh ka kya hua?
Lal Aankh is a term often used by PM supporters depicting the Modi government’s intolerance and robust aggression towards the outside force that attempted to attack India’s sovereignty. The opposition, particularly Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, often slams Narendra Modi for turning his ‘lal aankh’ blind when it comes to Chinese aggression.
On this, Gen VK Sing, who himself is an Army veteran said that ‘lal aankh’ is, not something that’s relevant when it comes to diplomatic events like G-20 Summit.
On being asked to respond to Rahul Gandhi’s “why does Modi remain silent on China issue’, VK Singh reiterated that Indian armed forces are prepared to face all external forces and has given befitting answers to China when and where it was required. Now going by name every time the PM speaks doesn’t go suit a mature response that our government believes in.”
VK Singh on Army Chief’s statement on China
Singh also addressed the recent Indo-China escalation at the Aksai Chin and Galwan region and said while maintaining peace and tranquillity are pertinent, it doesn’t mean that India would not acknowledge or point out Chinese development at the LAC or any interference of such sorts.
“We need to very carefully calibrate our actions on LAC to be able to safeguard our interests and sensitivities. As far as PLA’s force levels are concerned, there has been no significant reduction,” the Army chief said while addressing an event on November 12.
Gen VK Singh on
Agniveer Recruitment policy
Gen VK Singh while addressing the Agniveer Recruitment controversy said that the reduction in tenure of Indian jawans to five years will have no impact on the ethos and motivation of Indian soldiers and clarified that the soldiers will be provided with adequate training to be posted in difficult terrains and take part in counter-insurgency operations.
“The selection system, the raw material and the training mechanism for all the armed forces are still the same, the only thing that has changed under the Agniveer policy is the time period and that will help prevent the physical stagnation of a soldier. Those who are slamming this policy do not the ABC of Armed forces,” said Gen Singh.
VK Singh on how women can outsmart men in the Indian Army
Times Now’s Padmaja Joshi asked Gen Singh about the augmenting role of women in the Indian Army. To this, the union minister responded by saying that biological differences between men and women cannot be denied but women can contribute more than men in the armed forces in some key areas if trained properly.
There are many areas where women can outperform men such as drone pilots, I think women can do a great job here and it’s equally tough. Women can also be inducted as engineers and sappers in electronics and communication,” added VK Singh.
“There is a lot more that women can do but we have to go a little slow till things are changed,” he added.