Opponents with “hegemonic” plans are trying to change the status quo under false pretenses, but the Indian army must and will resist all external and internal threats, the deputy chief of staff of the army, Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanti, said on Saturday.
After reviewing the parade at the Officer Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, Lt. Gen. Mohanti also hailed the “increasingly important role” of women officers in the Indian army and said they have proven their resilience despite the “harrowing nature” of the profession.
In his address, Mohanti said that “India’s all-encompassing national power is growing and is being called upon to play an increasingly important role in global geopolitics.”
“Opponents with hegemonic designs are seizing opportunities to try to change the status quo under false pretenses,” he said without specifying anyone, but the remarks seemed to be an obvious reference to China.
These challenges to multilateral security must be overcome in order to achieve peace, prosperity and growth.
“We must and will resist all external and internal threats. The armed forces are the country’s strongest pillar. We cannot afford to let our guard down. “
“The country always counts on our success. Our response will be integrated using not only a three-pronged approach, but a nationwide approach, ”added Mohanti.
Referring to the Indian and Bhutanese female cadets leaving Saturday, he said they reflect “the inclusive nature of our military forces.”
Noting that female officers in the Indian army have played an increasingly significant role over the past few decades and have proven their resilience despite the tough nature of the profession, Mohanti said, “As a result, women are now being recruited into other ranks, with overwhelming response.”
“Professional challenges will remain; be prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve the leadership qualities you want from an army officer, ”he added.