Citing the examples of Uri and Balakot, Foreign minister S Jaishankar said the nation will not be coerced by anybody. Addressing the 53rd anniversary day of Thuglak Magazine in Chennai, Jaishankar said India’s counter-response to terrorism, to attempts to change the status quo has been firm.
“On the northern borders, China is today seeking to change the status quo by bringing large forces in violation of our agreements. Despite the Covid, our counter-response was strong and firm. These troops deployed in the thousands safeguard our frontiers in the most extreme terrain and harshest weather and it continues to this day,” Jaishankar said.
“National well-being has many facets and national security is without question the basic foundation. All countries are tested in this regard but we perhaps have had more than our fair share of problems ranging from insurgency to cross-border terrorism, especially terrorism. Our long-suffering approach had, however, created the danger of normalising terrorism. That is why Uri and Balakot sent a much-needed message,” the foreign minister said.