Technology and economics have changed the face of modern warfare, says Lt Gen D.R Soni
To go through a war to just make your country safe, I think is the highest form of sacrifice. For that, I salute every single person in uniform or without uniform for he believes in sacrificing himself for the cause of the nationpune Updated: Dec 17, 2017 15:38 IST
Newly-appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen DR Soni, on Saturday, said that technology and economic issues have changed the face of war. Lt Gen Soni was interacting with the media during the Vijay Diwas celebrations at the National War Memorial.
Lt Gen Soni, said, “A large portion of the country doesn’t witness a war because they don’t have international borders. They have their sons and daughters in the army, navy and air force. But they don’t see the effects of war. War is a brutal engagement and kills people. To go through a war to just make your country safe, I think is the highest form of sacrifice. For that, I salute every single person in uniform or without uniform for he believes in sacrificing himself for the cause of the nation,” he said.
Elaborating on the transformation made from 1971 to 2017, Soni said, “The single word that has changed the face of warfare is technology while the second equally important word is economy. Global economic conditions and the advent of technology and introduction of cutting-edge technology into the services has changed the face of warfare. It will has changed the way nations actually go to war.”
“Economic conditions today are very important. War is not good for anyone. Not for the people, nor for a country, because it sets back a nation economically by so many years. I believe a large number of issues can be settled by actually talking. You don’t necessarily go to war,” he added.
He further added, “In case we have to go to war, trust me you have us there for you. We will make sure that nothing happens to this country. There is no way anything can happen to this country.” The solemn ceremony on Saturday was a token of remembrance for those brave sons of India who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The memorial service had the military band in attendance, included rendition of patriotic songs by children from various schools to pay homage to the martyrs. Thereafter, wreaths were laid by representatives of retired and serving soldiers. Homage was paid by senior civilian officers and prominent citizens.
14-day joint military exercise between India-Maldives starts
Exercise Ekuverin, the joint military exercise of Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force (NDF) commenced on Saturday with a colourful opening at Maratha Centre Belgavi.
The opening ceremony included fly past by Army Aviation helicopters with flags of both the countries followed by the review of the contingents by Brigadier Govind Kalvad, Commandant Maratha Centre.
The Pipes and Drums Band of Sirmoor Rifles carried out a spectacular display, while the traditional Sword Display by Sikh troops of BEG, Khadki mesmerised the audience.
The 14 days of training exercise is being carried out by the Sirmoor Rifles of the Indian Army and Marine troops of Maldives National Defence Force.
The focus of the exercise is to enhance the interoperability between the two forces for counter terrorist operations in semi urban environment.