Prime Minister Modi asks army to be ready to deal with invisible threats
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said
full scale wars may become rare and military strength will remain an instrument
of deterrence. Addressing the annual combined commanders conference, his first
such interaction, he said force will influence behaviour of others towards
“Full scale wars may become rare, but force will
remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behaviour, and the duration
of conflicts will be shorter,” Modi said adding, “The threats may be known, but
the enemy may be invisible.”
The Prime Minister's observation came against the
backdrop of recent cross-border violations by Pakistan and tensions on the Line
of Control and International Border as well as Chinese incursions in Ladakh.
“Beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where
security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change
swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep
pace with,” Modi said.
Modi emphasised that an atmosphere of peace and
security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic
development and that his government has focused on creating a favourable external
environment and on strengthening India`s security.
Outlining his strategic vision, he observed that in
addition to the familiar challenges, India has to be prepared for a changing
world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic,
diplomatic and security policies.
He underlined that domination of cyber space will
become increasingly important and control of space may become as critical as
that of land, air and sea.
Feeling the need for transforming India’s defence
forces, he assured them of his commitment to provide adequate resources to
ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernisation
needs. ‘We should remember that what matters is capability of the force,’ he said.
The Prime Minister said the world was looking at India
with renewed interest, confidence and excitement and there was a universal
current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the
global economy, but also as one of the “anchors of regional and global security.”
He asked the defence establishment, including the
armed forces, to reform procurement processes as also suggest corrective
measures to avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence
The armed forces were asked by Modi to focus on
efficiency and economy in the use of resources and our military assets,
including by greater integration and sharing of resources among the Services
and draw up long term acquisition plans keeping in view availability of
resources, future operational requirements and technology trends.