Rising India to always depend on armed force, says Governor Parnaik

NEW DELHI, May 18: Rising India would heavily be dependent on a strong professional armed force, which would continue to play a pivotal role in nation building as it has as a national symbol of national integrity and resilience, Arunachal Pradesh  Governor Lt. General (Retd)  KT Parnaik said at  Manekshaw Centre here on Saturday

Delivering a talk on ‘Armed Forces contributions to realise the vision of a Rising India’, in Lt. General PS Bhagat Memorial Lecture,  he recalled the vision of Viksit Bharat and stressed on  transformation of  armed forces hinges on force structuring, optimization, modernization, technology infusion, system, process, functions, human resource management, unity and integration.

Elaborating niche disruptive technologies, which are transforming and revolutionising warfare in a big way, i.e. focusing on kinetic and non-kinetic realms of modern warfare, he called for incorporating them in comprehensive national power.

With his experience in handling transformation of Indian Army as director general (perspective plans) besides handling operations on Northern & Eastern Borders, he outlined the important operational, training, humanitarian and diplomatic activities which could contribute to realising the goal. He stressed the need to review doctrines and philosophies to combat modern warfare and ameliorate leadership patterns.

The armed forces should be the biggest catalyst to facilitate the country to become a developed nation, he said and suggested finer points of transformation of armed forces in changing scenario, like mandatory endeavours towards self reliance through industry integration, infusion of latest disruptive and grey zone technologies to counter cyber warfare, far sighted perception management and integration of population from far-flung areas with the main stream India in tune with ‘Nation First’ spirit.

Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, United Service Institution of India (USI) Director General (Retd) Major General BK Sharma, USI Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation director (Retd) Major General RS Yadav and Major General (Retd) SG Pitre also gave talks.

A film on Lt. General PS Bhagat screened and a book – The Victoria Cross Icon: Vision and Legacy-, authored by Pitre was released in presence of many former chiefs, senior serving and retired officers.The USI, a national security and defence services think tank based here, organised the annual event. (PRO)

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