If injured, India will spare no one: Rajnath Singh’s message to China
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, in a strong message to China, said if she were injured, India would spare no one.
The Minister of Defense was speaking at a reception hosted in his honor by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. He spoke of the bravery shown by the Indian soldiers during the border with China.
“I cannot openly say what they (Indian soldiers) did and what decisions we (the government) made. But I can definitely say that a message has gone (to China) that India will spare no one, if India is hurt. (Bharat ko agar koi chherega to Bharat chhorega nahi),” he said.
The Ladakh border clash between the Indian and Chinese armies began in May 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area. The standoff escalated after the two troops clashed in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020, resulting in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Chinese soldiers.
India and China have so far held 15 rounds of military talks to resolve the stalemate in eastern Ladakh, through which the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern shores and south of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra region.
Addressing the Indo-American community in San Francisco, Rajnath Singh also claimed that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a powerful country and is heading towards one of the top three economies in the world.
“The image of India has changed. India’s prestige has improved. In the next few years, no power in the world can prevent India from becoming the top three economies in the world,” Singh said.
He also sent a subtle message to the United States that New Delhi does not believe in “zero-sum game” diplomacy and that its dealings with one country cannot come at the expense of another.
“If India has good relations with one country, it does not mean that its relations with another country will deteriorate,” he said. “India has never embraced this kind of diplomacy. India will never opt for this (sort of diplomacy). We don’t believe in a zero-sum game in international relations,” he said.
India, he said, believes in a bilateral relationship based on “win-win” for both countries.
Singh’s remarks came amid some concern in Washington over India’s stance on the Ukraine crisis as well as its decision to buy Russian oil at a discount.
The Minister of Defense had gone to attend the Indian US 2+2 ministerial meeting in Washington DC. Subsequently, he went to Hawaii for meetings at the headquarters of the United States Indo-Pacific Command (IndoPACOM), then in San Francisco.