NEW DELHI || Chief of Defence Staff, general Bipin Rawat on Monday created a flutter when he told a news agency that in the scenario where talks between India and China fail to deliver, "military option to deal with transgressions by the Chinese army in Ladakh were on".
Media reports quoting the CDS said that "military option to deal with transgressions by the Chinese Army in Ladakh is on but it will be exercised only if talks at the military and the diplomatic level fail". The two neighbouring countries have been engaged in a tense face-off since May in Finger Area, Hot Springs, Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh.
Rawat, know for being upright, straight, tough and a hardliner on transgressions by neighbouring countries, be it China or Pakistan, has further been quoted as saying that the government wanted a peaceful solution to the impasse and if the efforts to restore the earlier situation on the LAC did not succeed, the defence forces were ever ready for military action.
Both the Indian and the Chinese governments have been engaged in army level and diplomatic level talks in the past three months of which five talks were Lt general level. The Indian side has told in "direct" terms that the country was not prepared for any alteration on the LAC.