Ability to deter war crucial for achieving peace: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended diamond jubilee celebrations of National Defence College on November 05. He attended the event via video-conferencing. Singh said, "The most fundamental lesson that the roller coaster of the rise and fall of nations taught us was that peace cannot necessarily be achieved by a desire for peace but by the ability to deter war." He further said, "The last six years provided a blueprint for India's approach towards national security over the next decade. Let me try and outline four broad principles that are likely to guide our quest for national security in the future. First is ability to secure India's territorial integrity. Second is ability to create resources for national building. Third is desire to protect border areas and finally, globalise an interconnected world. We have undertaken 3-pronged approach towards internal security challenges including development of areas affected by terrorism and provision of justice to aggrieve. We are willing to challenge status quo if it becomes tool for exploitation of helpless citizens and provisions of governance."