Be acquainted to deal with challenges: Prez to armed forces

President Pratibha Patil on Saturday said threats to the country’s security are “constantly changing” and asked the armed forces to be well acquainted to deal with such challenges.

“The nature of warfare on the battlefield is constantly changing, as indeed are the various threats to our national security,” she said, addressing the passing out parade of 546 Gentlemen Cadets at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here.

“The Army on Saturday must be fighting fit, and at the same time well acquainted to deal with the challenges of the knowledge era that we are living in,” she said.

Patil asked the cadets to place the safety, honour and welfare of the country first “when they are faced with doubts, temptations, dilemmas and uncertainties.”

She also asked the young officers to display “sterling leadership” in their conduct.

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