India's quest for peace not its weakness: Antony

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  1. kseeker

    kseeker Retired

    Jul 24, 2013
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    Defence News - India's quest for peace not its weakness: Antony

    India's quest for peace should not be mistaken for its weakness, defence minister A K Antony said on Saturday.

    "We are a peace-loving nation but our quest for peace should not be mistaken for our weakness," he said.

    The defence minister was speaking at the passing out parade of the Indian Military Academy, which saw a total of 688 cadets passing out of the prestigious institution to join the ranks of the militaries of their respective countries.

    "History is witness to the fact that whenever there has been trouble along its borders, Indian soldiers renowned for their ability to deliver in times of crisis have shown exemplary valour to ensure the safety of the country," he said.

    He said the country can never forget the valour displayed by the armed forces in the massive evacuation exercise carried out in wake of the natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand in June this year.

    Asking the cadets to draw lessons from the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces during the rescue operations in Uttarakhand, the minister said they should be proud of the high standards of training received at the academy and should dedicate their lives to the service of the nation.

    "Remember that the uniform you wear is not just a uniform, but a way of life in which safety and welfare of the nation comes first," he said and asked the cadets to be ready to deal with both conventional and unconventional challenges which they might face during their careers.

    A total of 688 cadets, including 71 from friendly countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives, today passed out of the esteemed institution to join the ranks of their respective armies.

    The highest number of 61 cadets is from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Haryana with 47 and Uttarakhand with 34.

    Antony later honoured the distinguished cadets, giving away the coveted Sword of Honour to Academy Under Officer Akshat Joshi and the gold medal to Battalion Under Officer Kamlesh Mani.
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    India's quest for peace is not weakness.

    But the quest from an inferior position, totally supine and peace at all costs, IS!
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  4. pkroyal

    pkroyal Regular Member

    Aug 5, 2013
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    Quest for peace is always from a position of strength or a change of heart after a massive victory ( Ashoka after the battle of Kalinga)
    Since Nation states exist in continuum, only option is to be 'sufficiently strong' to deter potential enemies.
    How much is 'sufficiently strong' is the catch
    I guess as much where the opponent calculates & factor's in his casualties/ collateral damage more than what he can inflict.
    Grand standing & blabbering like a peacenik will yield no solution.
  5. Dinesh_Kumar

    Dinesh_Kumar Regular Member

    Jun 20, 2013
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    Well, they had a decade , from 2004 till now, to improve a dangerous situation. And apart from a spurt in 2009-2010, (INS Arihant and Agni 5), things are mostly downhill.
  6. Patriot

    Patriot Senior Member Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

    What a statment from DM, who himself is utterly indicisive as if there is no word like decision in his dictionary backed by our spineless policy paralysis. DM aka Mr. Saint for sanity sake please resign, we shall get rid of our biggest weakness in defence.

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