India well prepared to meet any threat: Army chief Bipin Rawat
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat visited Bodh Gaya on Friday and offered prayers at Mahabodhi temple, a Unesco world heritage site, for global peace.india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 16:40 IST
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said India was well prepared to meet any external or internal security threat.
“Nobody should have doubts on India’s military capabilities,” Gen Rawat told reporters during a brief interaction after visiting the Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a Unesco world heritage site, at Bodh Gaya, 110 km south of Patna, on Friday.
He, however, refused to comment on the face-off between Indian troops and Chinese military over a disputed area at the Sikkim tri-junction. “This is not the right place or occasion to speak on the matter,” he said.
“I have come to the Mahabodhi temple to pray for world peace,” he said after performing rituals under the Mahabodhi Tree in the presence of chief priest Bhante Chalinda.
Accompanied by his wife, Gen Rawat drove to Bodh Gaya soon after his arrival at Gaya airport on Friday afternoon. After offering prayers at the Mahabodhi temple, he left for the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Gaya.
At the OTA, he reviewed the administrative and training facilities of gentleman cadets and discussed its future plans with Lt Gen DR Soni, GOC-in chief, Training Command, Shimla, and Lt Gen RK Jagga, commandant of OTA, Gaya. He lauded the arrangements and infrastructure upgradation at the academy which was set up in 2011.
Later, Gen Rawat and members of a Myanmar delegation of military officers and senior diplomats enjoyed a cultural programme and attended an official banquet at the OTA officers’ mess.
The Myanmar delegation, comprising commander-in-chief, defence services, Myanmar, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is on a three-day tour of Gaya. During their stay in Gaya, the delegation members offered prayers at Myanmar monastery and Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya and also visited Rajgir and Nalanda.
The Myanmar delegation will leave on July 10, OTA sources said.
India shares 1,643-km porous land border with Myanmar and has been stepping up defence cooperation, ranging from expansion in military visits and exercises to training and technology-sharing with it to turn the heat on Indian insurgent groups operating in the region. Myanmar is also wary of the Chinese influence in the area.