"We are prepared", said Army chief General Bipin Rawat, in the backdrop of the People's Liberation Army needling India with as many as 415 "border transgressions" across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) past year, which also saw the 73-day face-off at Doklam and 215 other troop confrontations. Stating that India was prepared for any eventuality during the 73-day faceoff in Doklam a year ago, he said all effort was made to ensure that no conflict takes place between the two sides.
Maintaining that Chinese troops are still present in Doklam, their numbers have thinned down considerably, Gen Rawat said: "China is a powerful country, but we are not a weak nation either". "The process of disengagement at Doklam was to ensure that the soldiers of two armies are not face-to-face. Very soon we will have a hotline with the Chinese side", he said. A large number of troops have gone back from that area. Once winter gets over, we can expect movement again. Why are they taking risks? "Terrorists are a perishable community, we have to inflict pain on the Pakistan Army", he said. The event provides an opportunity for the stakeholders to interact and understand the requirements of each other and respond in a way to bring coherence in the system that will eventually strengthen their partnerships and enhance the National preparedness level.
"We are more concerned about cyber and information warfare".
Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, General Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan, India and the extended neighborhood.
He said India will have to continue its policy of dealing sternly with cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, notwithstanding the pressure on Pakistan by the US. "Too long we have focused on the western border, now it is time to build infrastructure on the Northern Border", Rawat said.
Rawat, commenting on increased incidents of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control, said Cavalry Fighting Vehicles (CFV) have been increased to destroy Pakistan posts that support infiltration.
"I do not think everything is going to be hunky-dory and Pakistan is going to be isolated and it is going to be declared a terrorist state".