New Delhi, 14 October
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi not only led the country for many years, but she did so in times of war, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, in reference to her role in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
In an address at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) symposium on the role of women in the armed forces, the Defense Minister also spoke about Rani Lakshmi Bai and former President Pratibha Patil, saying India needs to harness women power in national development. Had a positive experience doing it. .
Singh said that though it is pertinent to discuss the role of women in the armed forces, their vast contribution in all areas of security and nation building should also be recognized and strengthened.
He said, “Through history there are many examples of women taking up arms to defend the rights of their country and people. Rani Lakshmi Bai is the most respected and respected among them.”
“The former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi not only led the country for many years, she did so in times of war as well. And most recently, Pratibha Patil was the President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces,” the Defense Minister said.
Under Indira Gandhi’s prime ministership, India won the 1971 war against Pakistan which resulted in the birth of Bangladesh.
Singh said the tradition of women as both caretakers and protectors dates back centuries and is deeply embedded in the customs and traditions of the region. PTI