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India needs deterrent power despite being responsible: President

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Cheni, March 3: President Prab Mukherjee on Friday said that India is a responsible power in a multi-polar and multilateral world but needs a strong deterrent against those who hinder the country’s progress and security. He made the remarks after presenting the President’s Standard and Colours to 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute at Air Force Station Tambaram near here. Addressing the gathering, Mukherjee said: “India is a responsible and emerging power in a multi-polar and multilateral world.” “In the ever changing socio-economic and geo-political scerio in our region of interest demands a strong deterrent against those with nefarious designs affecting the progress, prosperity and security of our tion,” Mukherjee added. He said the country’s armed forces also provides succour to citizens during tural disasters. Mukherjee cited the Indian Air Force operations during floods in Uttarakhand, Kashmir Valley and Tamil du. He said the 125 Helicopter Squadron (Gladiators) formed in 1983 increased its operatiol capability and earned praise for its valour within and outside India. Mukherjee said the Gladiators deployed under the UN flag was instrumental in freeing 232 Indian army personnel held in Sierra Leone. (IANS)

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