India is peace-loving but ready to take on any challenge: Rajnath Singh
Chandigarh/UNI: At the Army Commanders' Conference, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said India is a peace-loving country but is ready to face any challenge.
Speaking at Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL) in Panchkula after inaugurating a testing facility associated with warheads, he said it was discussed how countries around the world and their relations, trade, political and security affairs are changing.
"India has always been a peace-loving country. It is against our values to start a conflict. But if need be, our country is ready to face any challenge," Singh said.
"Our former President APJ Abdul Kalam said there is no place for fear in this world. Only a strong power is respected by another strong power. We want to make India a power which can look eye to eye with any nation,” he said.
Singh lauded TBRL saying: "Other countries spend Rs 7,500 for one hand grenade, but the Indian army gets it for Rs 3,500. This is their commitment towards India."
He had also commented on the situation on the northern border and expressed "full confidence" that "while troops are standing firm, the ongoing talks for peaceful resolution of the crisis will continue."
Referring to the situation along the western borders, he complimented the Indian Army’s response to cross-border terrorism.