Union Defence Minister in Rajya Sabha on Ladakh standoff: Highlights and updates
On the situation in Eastern Ladakh, on Thursday, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed Rajya Sabha.
“Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner,” Singh said.
He further said that India along the LAC is ready to maintain bilateral ties. The statement comes after disengagement between Indian and Chinese troops along the border.
“We have flagged Twitter, and is in dialogue with them. Why is it that when police has to act in U.S. Capitol Hill they stand in support, but when a similar action is taken at Red Fort, they oppose it? Freedom of speech is there, but with reasonable restrictions. Why double standards?”, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The major highlights are as follows:
- At 10:36 am on 11 February 2021, Rajnath said, China has been doing wrong in 2020. India has always tried to maintain the bilateral ties with China. He said that disengagement is important for peace and tranquility.
- At 10:40, he said there will be no compromise with India`s sovereignty. “Chinese actions have impacted the bilateral ties. But I am immensely proud that the Indian armed forces have bravely faced the challenges at the border. We have made it clear to China that no attempt should be made to change the status quo. We have had nine rounds of talk between the two countries and have clarified that both forces should return to their posts,” Singh said in Rajya Sabha.
- At 10:45, he again mentioned that India is committed to maintaining bilateral ties. “China occupied 38,000 sq km after 1962 war and 5,180 sq km given illegally by Pakistan to China in Ladakh. In Arunachal Pradesh border, China claims 90,000 sq km of Indian land. India has not accepted these unjustified demands. We have maintained that bilateral relations can prosper only if there are efforts from both sides. I am happy to announce that we have lost nothing in the dialogue with China. We have an agreement on disengagement on North and South Banks of Pangong. Our security forces have proved that they are ready to face any challenge to protect the sovereignty of the country,” Rajnath Singh said.
- At 10:58, Ravi Shankar Prasad slams social media companies for double standards. He said, “We have flagged Twitter, and is in dialogue with them. Why is it that when police has to act in U.S. Capitol Hill they stand in support, but when a similar action is taken at Red Fort, they oppose it? Freedom of speech is there, but with reasonable restrictions. Why double standards?” he said. “I have a message for social media platforms — freedom is important, but showing revenge sex video, street fights, porn videos, family issues on social media…? Revisit unbridled exposure of double-standards of your own guidelines”.
- At 11:16, Rajya Sabha members ask for clarification on Defence Minister`s statement. To this, Chairman Naidu said that this is a matter of national unity and security. “I want to appeal to the House that since this is a matter of national interest, let it be seen that we are speaking in one voice,” he added.
- At 11:52, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, SP MP from Uttar Pradesh said that there is no budget allocated for the state. He said that the roads are not in good condition and must be replaced.
- At 12:03, JDU MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said that the budget reinforced the idea of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.