If the borders were safe, India would have progressed rapidly… Why did NSA Doval say this?

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday said that India is progressing at a fast pace and will achieve greater heights economically and militarily in the coming years. However, he lamented that if India's borders were more secure, the country could have progressed more rapidly. NSA Doval was delivering the Rustamji Memorial Lecture at the BSE Investiture Ceremony on Friday. During this, he said, “If our borders in the west and north were secure, our country's progress could have been faster.” Praising the government's effort to achieve 'self-reliance' in all sectors, including defense, he said that India will emerge as a major arms exporter in the next ten years.

In fact, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh recently told how India's defense exports have increased from Rs 600-800 crore in 2014 to Rs 31 thousand crore in 2024 and it is expected to cross Rs 50 thousand crore in the next five years. Addressing the BSF program, NSA Doval said, 'Today India is changing, we are living in changing times. In the next 10 years, our country will not only be one of the leading economies of the world, but will also be included in the most advanced countries and military power of the world. The country will be self-reliant. India, which was till now an importer of weapons and equipment, has now become its major exporter.

Doval said that the Modi government has paid special attention to the security of our borders. Its result is visible today. Doval said, 'The Prime Minister celebrates every Diwali with BSF, ITBP and Army soldiers on remote borders.' He also gave the credit of surveying 12 thousand villages along the border to the Prime Minister and said that if the big leaders sitting in power understand the seriousness and importance of the borders, then half the work is done automatically.

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