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JNU VC Calls For Higher Investment In Defence Research After Doklam Dispute

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| September 3 , 2017 , 14:34 IST

The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the Doklam plateau on the Sikkim border became a matter for worry as the standoff continued for months before being solved diplomatically resulting in troops of both countries withdrawing.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar called for increased investment in defence research for developing indigenous technology to address the security concerns of the nation.

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Speaking at a day-long seminar on ‘Comprehensive View of India’s National Security’, Kumar said, “One of the ways to address India’s security concerns is to invest more in defence research to develop indigenous defence technologies.”

Kumar also called for opaqueness in the security policy of the country.

Also attending the seminar were Former Army Chief General (retd) J.J. Singh, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal and former defence secretary Shekhar Dutt.

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Singh said, “India’s diplomacy, Army and other bureaucracy needs a policy of integration to deal with modern international relations and security and study of India’s geography is important to secure our borders.”

Meanwhile, Sibal said, “Indian diplomacy, Army and the country’s current leadership had a very clear success in the Doklam crisis with China. India’s position stands vindicated.”

The event was organised by JNU’s Centre for Media Studies and Global Counter-Terrorism Council.