President hails ‘grit and determination’ of armed forces during Covid

Udhagamandalam: President Ram Nath Kovind has appreciated the ‘grit and determination’ of India’s armed forces in dealing with the situation on the borders as well as during the Covid pandemic.

Addressing the Student Officers of the 77th Staff Course of the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington here, he said, “we are passing through challenging times which is full of changes.”

The concepts of National Security and Defence are changing. Geo-strategic and geo-political compulsions and many other factors have made the security landscape more complex, he said, adding, low intensity conflicts, counter terrorism and non-combat conflicts pose different challenges.

“There is a need to have a thorough understanding of all aspects. In these changing times, we have to think of new ways to secure our national interests and ensure our national security. This would require a fresh approach,” he said.

The President said that the Indian armed forces are amongst the most respected entities of our great nation. They have earned the regard of the fellow citizens by untiring efforts and great sacrifices.

They have rendered invaluable services to the nation during the times of war and peace. They have discharged their duties with dedication and courage while facing internal and external security challenges, and in times of natural calamities, he said.

“Very recently I had an opportunity to interact with our officers and soldiers in the Kashmir valley. I felt very happy to observe their high morale and dedication to duty. Most of you have been among the frontline warriors, dealing with these challenges. The country appreciates your commitment and contribution,” he said.

Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, the President said the recent past has been very difficult for the entire humanity as the pandemic has impacted all walks of life.

He appreciated the outstanding grit and determination displayed by men and women of the armed forces in dealing with the situation on our borders as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said that most of them have been among the frontline warriors, dealing with these challenges. The country appreciates their commitment and contribution.

 

NT Bureau