Indian Army Chief was speaking at the release of the book, ‘Bangladesh Liberation @50 years Bijoy’

Chief of the Indian Army, General M M Naravane has hit out at China without taking its name that there are countries with a hegemonic approach that are working to change the status quo at the international level.

“At a time when certain countries are trying to alter the status quo by bypassing traditional norms and protocols and with complete disregard for the territorial integrity of others,” General Naravane said while speaking on the occasion of launch of the book, ‘Bangladesh Liberation @50 years Bijoy’ at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He said China not only disregarded the agreements with India on the LAC but has also been involved in maritime boundary contests in the South China Sea with various other nations.

The Army Chief praised the India-Bangladesh boundary resolution and pointed out that there are countries disregarding the territorial integrity of other nations.

“The historic land boundary agreement between our nations has set a unique example of how to resolve border disputes through mutual negotiations and a concerted outlook,” General Naravane said.

The Army Chief acknowledged that the Bangladesh Liberation War changed the lives and destinies of millions of Bangla brothers and sisters.

“I pay homage to those brave hearts on both of the borders who forgave it all for a brighter and secured tomorrow,” said the Indian Army Chief.

He also praised the Bangla Independent leaders who fought with the Indian Army to get an independent Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh and India have come a long way, our friendship has stood the test of time. As neighbours with common roots, we continue to grow together and share challenges, opportunities, and destinies,” General Naravane said.

The seminar organised by CLAWS acknowledged both India and Bangladesh leadership in the Liberation of Bangladesh through the 1971 War.

The year 2021 is of special significance as both countries celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations which also coincides with the Golden Jubilee of Liberation of Bangladesh and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.