“We do not have any tall ambition in increasing our borders but at the same time we zealously need to protect our territorial integrity.
“Our armed forces give us the confidence in the nation’s ability to face any aggression and safeguard its interests,” Mukherjee said.
“As a responsible nation, India is firmly committed to peace and equality,” the President said, adding that the country is equally focused on building the capability to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The President’s comments come at a time when concerns have been raised over China’s increased activities along the border and Pakistan’s recent aggression along border in Jammu and Kashmir.
The President also appreciated the IAF’s role during the recent Uttarakhand flood disaster and said,”It was yet another shining example of the fortitude and determination of its gallant air warriors. “The nation is immensely proud of its Air Force and remains indebted to the air warriors for their selflessness and sacrifice.” The President’s Standard is the highest honor bestowed upon any unit of the Armed Forces in recognition of its contribution to the security of the nation both during hostilities and peace. (PTI)