‘War is Changing’: Indian Navy Chief Calls For ‘Jointness’ in Defence Forces Amid China ‘Threat’


Over the past year, India’s relations with one of its immediate neighbours, China, has dramatically deteriorated due to a border standoff along the Line of Actual Control. Last June, the row escalated into a violent and deadly clash between the troops of the two countries.

Highlight the changing nature of war, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has called for “jointness” among the country’s three defence forces.

Speaking at the National Defence Academy after reviewing the Passing Out Parade, he said, “The nature of war is changing and it is important to engage in all adversaries in all domains such as land, sea, air, space, and cyber. It is for the same reason that the jointness amongst the three services is far more important than in the past”.

The armed forces are witnessing landmark defence reforms with the establishment of the Department of Military Affairs, the institution of Chief of Defence Staff, and soon to be formed of theatre commands, he added.

India faces a double “threat” from Pakistan and China not only along its land borders but in the maritime domain as well. To counter purported threat, India is expanding its military base in Mauritius to establish a foothold in the Indian Ocean region. Last year, Delhi expressed concerns over Beijing’s actions in the disputed territory of the South China Sea.

At an East Asia Summit, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, without explictly naming China, that “incidents in the…

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