Pune: The newly appointed Southern Army Commander Lt Gen D R Soni on Saturday said that technology and economic issues have changed the face of war. He was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of Vijay Diwas celebrations at the National War Memorial.
Soni, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Pune headquartered Southern Command, said, "A large portion of the country doesn't see a war because they don't have (international) borders. They have their sons, daughters in the Army, Navy, Air Force. But they don't see the effects of war. It's brutal engagement. It kills people. And to go through that just because your country should be safe, I think is the highest form of sacrifice. For that, I salute every single person in uniform or without uniform."
Huge transition from 1971 to 2017
"The single word that has changed the face of warfare is technology. Second equally important word is economy. Economic conditions across the world and advent of technology and introduction of technology into the services have changed the face of warfare. It is always going to change the way nations actually go to war. Economic conditions today are very important. War is not good for anyone. Not for the people. Not for a country because it sets back economically a nation by so many years. I believe a large number of issues can be settled by actually talking. You don't necessarily have go to war," Soni explained about changes since the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
He further added, "In case we have to go to war, trust me, you have us there for you. We will make sure that nothing happens to this country. There is no way anything can happen to this country."
On being asked about the counter insurgency, terrorism-related issues, the officer added, "Indian armed forces are supremely trained and confident of dealing with this (sub-conventional war). We are equipped. We are trained. And most important, there should be will. The weapon can be of any type but it is the man behind the machine who matters. And we have the will. Ham hai na (We are there). So whatever is the form - conventional, sub-conventional or futuristic, trust me we are there. If your morale is high, there is no way can lose. And if its military win, then it definitely going to raise your morale. The surgical strike is one of them."
Which is the most paying job?
"I believe serving the country is the most paying job/service. There should be a feeling in your heart to serve the country. It is pleasure to see so many retired officers, JCOs, other ranks, children here. The elderly and children of this country are in sync. Where is the doubt that this country will not prosper."