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Galwan Deaths: Over 140 Armed Forces Veterans Call for ‘Urgent Revamp’ of Intelligence System

Need for “non-military political solutions for both external and internal security” in the larger national interest, says the statement addressed to Prez, PM, CDS.
PM Narendra Modi at Nim.(Instagram: Narendra Modi)

Narendra Modi posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption: "Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel at Nimu".(Instagram: Narendra Modi)

New Delhi: Raising serious concerns over the recent events in Galwan Valley in East Ladakh, a group of over 140 Armed Forces veterans have written to the President, Prime Minister, Chief Defence Staff among others, calling for “non-military political solutions for both external and internal security, in the larger national interest.”

The “Statement on China”, issued by Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral L Ramdas, while expressing solidarity with “our nation, the Constitution of India and our gallant Armed Forces in facing the present situation created by China,” while mourning the loss of 20 jawans in India’s stand-off with People’s Liberation Army (PLA), calls for “urgent revamp” of the country’s intelligence system for failing to prevent these deaths.

“The incident at Galwan could only have happened because of failure at one or more levels in the political, civil and military establishments, especially in continuous intelligence acquisition and dissemination. While we accept that failures can happen in any system, in the current instance either our intelligence system was found wanting, or the intelligence which it obtained did not reach the field units in time. We therefore urge that our nation’s intelligence system be urgently revamped,” says the statement signed by decorated veterans such as Lt Gen Suresh Samarth, AVSM,  Lt Gen Narendra Aul, AVSM, Lt Gen Dasarathy Raghunath, PVSM, AVSM, Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh , PVSM AVSM, Vice Admiral Raman Prem

Read the full statement below:

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