Nation’s faith in Army remains intact, says President

Pune, June 17 President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that in the rapidly changing environment, the nation’s faith in the armed forces has remained unshaken.

His remarks assumes significance in the wake of recent criticism by politicians of the Army for using of a human shield in Kashmir and also the criticism of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for defending the move.

Describing knowledge as the emerging currency of the world in the present century, Mukherjee urged the young soldiers to make full use of technical knowledge.

“You can be successful in all your endeavors only by being professionally competent and by keeping abreast with the latest developments. The need of the hour is therefore to exploit the cutting edge technologies which are best suited to meet the requirements.

About the emerging threat of cyber crime, the President said that with the changing security environment and technological advancements, this problem have affected all walks of life including military strategic operations. “We should remain prepared for any eventuality,” he said.

Training Command chief, Gen. D. R. Soni, terming the situation in Jammu and Kashmir a “proxy war”, said that it remained a challenge as the armed forces had been engaged in low-intensity operations but the country needs to remain “fully prepared for a full-scale war at all times” in the present security scenario.

“The Army must remain abreast with most advanced art and craft of warfare,” he added.

The convocation ceremony was attended among others by Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.

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