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India’s response to external aggression has always been resolute: Rajnath Singh | India News

GUWAHATI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the country’s response to any external aggression has always been resolute as he e-dedicated to the nation 12 roads of strategic importance on the country’s eastern and northern border areas with China in Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Jammu &Kashmir from Assam.
Singh in his speech at the function at Assam’s Lakhimpur near the inter-state border with Arunachal Pradesh paid tribute to the soldiers who showed exemplary courage during the Galwan Valley incident last year and made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation.
Acknowledging the challenges on international borders, Singh said, “We are a worshipper of peace and India considers the whole world as one family. We have never shown any aggression against any country. But, if someone resorts to aggression against us, we know how to give a befitting reply.”
Singh said that apart from being strategically located, the geography of northeast is unique. “I say it is unique because the northeastern region is surrounded by five nations.” Singh, conspicuously, named four nations—Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal and not China.
The ten roads in Arunachal Pradesh are of over 284 km in length and have been built by Border Roads Organization at a cost of over Rs 1200 crore and includes three stretches of 150-km from Balipara in Assam to the frontier town of Tawang.
The other two roads are in Ladakh (Koyul – Photile – Chusumle-Zursar) and Jammau &Kashmir (Dogra Mandir – Parol – Janiyal – Bomiyal).
Singh lauded BRO for its contribution in infrastructure development of remote border areas of the country, especially amid the Covid-19 restrictions. He said the roads inaugurated hold strategic and socio-economic importance as they will play an important role in strengthening national security as well as promoting development of the North-East region.
He added that the 10 roads in Arunachal Pradesh not only hold strategic importance, but they are also part of the government’s Act East Policy to strengthen relations with East Asian countries.
“These roads will be helpful in fulfilling the needs of our Armed Forces and transporting necessities like medicines and ration to remote areas,” he said.
He added that as part of the ‘Act East Policy’ of the Government special emphasis has been laid on the overall development of the border areas and reiterated the resolve of the Government for the development of North-east. He described the region as the gateway to not only the overall development of the country, but also to the nation’s relations with East Asian countries.

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