Bagdogra: President Pratibha Patil
today said a strong defence and an effective deterrence were
essential to preserve peace in the country.
"No nation can propser without its borders being
secure. Though as a nation we are firmly committed to peace,
we will not hesitate to use all out might to safeguard the
sovereignity of our nation", the President said at the Air
force station here.
Presenting the President`s standards to 44 Squadron
and 110 Helicopter Unit, popularly known as the "Mighty Jets"
and "Vanguards", Patil said, "Our Armed forces, exemplified by
the men and women who stand before us, reflect our
determination to protect our interests."
"We do not wish to encourage conflict, but should it
be thrust upon us, I am confident that our Armed Forces will
form a fortified wall against the adversary and keep the
Indian flag flying high", she added.
Besides safeguarding the nation`s sovereignity, the
IAF also acts a life saver in times of peace.
"Apart from the maintenance of our icy mountainous
borders, the helicopter and transport units of the IAF have
been extending yeoman service whenever called upon, during
natural calamity, or during attacks by anti-national
elements", the President said.