FULL Speech And Text: NSA Ajit Doval Hails India's Security Forces, Says 'we'll Overcome Any Challenge' In First Post-Pulwama Address

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NSA Ajit Doval attended the 80th raising day of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday in Haryana's Gurugram district

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Updated On:

NSA Ajit Doval attended the 80th raising day of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday in Haryana's Gurugram district. Addressing the gathering at the ceremony, he spoke about the Pulwama terror attack that took place February 14 in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred, saying that 'India has not forgotten and will not forget the terror attack in Pulwama'.

Here is the text of the National Security Advisor's speech:

FOR ANY FORCE THIS WILL BE A GLORIOUS MOMENT (SPEAKING ABOUT THE CRPF RAISING DAY). IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SERVING THE NATION FOR SO LONG WILL MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PAST AND GREAT STORIES TO BE TOLD IN FUTURE. STARTED FROM 2 BATTALIONS IN 1939 TILL TODAY WHEN CRPF'S 242 BATTALIONS HAVE SPREAD IN THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF INDIA FOR INTERNAL SECURITY AND FACING ALL OTHER CHALLENGES AS WELL. I THINK THIS IS THE ONLY FORCE, THE ONLY ONE WHICH HAS BEEN EVERYWHERE IN INDIA'S 32 LAKH SQ KM AREA AT SOME POINT OR OTHER. THERE IS NO OTHER SECURITY AGENCY OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT FORCE WHICH CAN SAY THAT THERE IS NO PLACE WHERE WE HAVEN'T BEEN. NOT JUST FOR SECURITY CHALLENGES BUT ALSO ELECTIONS, LAW AND ORDER ISSUES, OR ANYTHING ELSE. THEN YOU ARE DEFINITELY AN INCREDIBLE FORCE FOR AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU FOR THAT.

SIXTY-NINE YEARS BEFORE ON THIS VERY DAY OUR FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST HOME MINISTER SARDAR PATEL PROVIDED YOU THE FLAG. WHEN ANY FORCE IS GIVEN THE FLAG, THEN IT IS EXPECTED THAT IT WILL GLORIFY THE NAME OF THAT FLAG. YOU HAVE NOT ONLY GLORIFIED THE FLAG'S NAME BUT ALSO RAISE IT TO SUCH HEIGHTS WHERE THE WHOLE NATION, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY, ALL OF US WHO HAVE BEEN IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO THE UNIFORM, WE ALL ARE PROUD, WE THANK YOU ALL AND FOR THIS FORCE I CONGRATULATE YOU.

FIRSTLY, I PAY HOMAGE TO ALL 40 MATRYED CRPFS PERSONNEL WHO HAVE GIVEN A HUGE SACRIFICE AND LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE DREADFUL ATTACK ON PULWAMA AND UNFORTUNATELY INDIA AND FORCES HAD TO LOSE. THE NATION HAS NOT FORGOTTEN THIS AND WILL NEVER FORGET.  WHAT SHOULD WE DO, WHAT WILL BE OUR PATH, WHAT WILL OUR MISSION BE, WHAT WILL OUR MECHANISM BE, WHAT WILL IT'S TIME BE. HOW WE WILL ASSESS EVERYTHING TO LEAD THE COUNTRY. OUR FORCES ARE CAPABLE ENOUGH AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO EVALUATE HOW TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY, NO MATTER IF IT'S TERRORIST OR THOSE WHO HELP THESE TERRORISTS. WE WILL FIGHT THESE AND EVERY DIFFICULTY, EVERY CHALLENGE AND EVERY PROBLEM THAT COMES WE WILL OVERCOME IT AS WE HAVE THE COURAGE AND INTENTION TO DO IT. ON THIS OCCASION I ALSO WANT TO PAY RESPECT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE MARTYRS. IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO FILL THEIR EMPTINESS BUT THE ENTIRE NATION IS WITH THEM. THE CRPF IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE FAMILIES OF MARTYRS AND IS INDEBTED TO THEM FOR LIFE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE FOR THEM THEN IT WILL BE A PRIVILEGE FOR US. IN TODAY'S PARADE I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE OF PADHAKBHITRAN, I HAVE GOT THAT BEFORE ALSO, BUT TODAY WAS SPECIAL, THE CITATIONS THAT WERE READ, THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE TOLD, WHICH THEIR BRAVERY, THEIR ENERGY, THE ACTION PREPAREDNESS, THE PATRIOTISM OR THE FEELING OF SACRIFICE OR THOSE WHO GOT MERIT FOR THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, THEIR CAPABILITIES, (UNCLEAR) AND THEIR LEADERSHIP, HEARING THAT. 

I AM VERY GLAD, I'M GLAD NOT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY DID SUCH NICE WORK, BUT I'M GLAD THAT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY IS STABLE AND VERY BRIGHT. YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE CAPABILITY, YOU PEOPLE HAVE THAT COURAGE. DG SIR SAID THAT THE MORALE OF FORCE IS VERY HIGH, THERE IS NO BIGGER THING THAN THIS FOR ME TO HEAR TODAY. IF YOUR MORALE IS HIGH THAN OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE IS SAFE. FOR THE EMINENT PROFESSIONALISM OF YOURS I CONGRATULATE YOU PEOPLE. I WON'T REPEAT YOUR GLORIOUS PAST, DG SIR HAS ALSO SPOKEN ON LENGTH ON IT THAT BEFORE INDEPENDENCE AND SOON AFTER GETTING INDEPENDENCE, MAYBE THE PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN, ONLY A FEW SECTIONS KNOW THIS THAT AT TIME ONLY WITH VERY LIMITED CAPABILITIES, AT THAT TIME WHEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN GOT DIVIDED, THE CHAOS THAT WAS WIDESPREAD IN WHOLE NATION, THE VIOLENCE THAT HAPPENED, THE DISPLACEMENT OF PEOPLE THAT HAPPENED THEN, THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE, THERE CAN BE A BOOK WRITTEN ON IT. 21ST OCTOBER 1960 DAYS IS KNOWN TO ALL, IT HAS BECOME A PART OF OUR HISTORY WHEN DURING THE HOT SPRINGS 10 JAWANS OF CRPF SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR THE COUNTRY, AND THAT WAS THE FIRST SKIRMISH ENGAGEMENT WITH CHINA AT THE NORTHERN BORDER. IN THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE MARTYRS THIS DAY HAS BECOME A MEMORIAL DAY FOR ALL THE CENTRAL POLICE. RIGHT MOW DG SIR TALKED AT LENGTH ON HOW IN THE RANN OF KUTCH, JUST TWO YOUR COMPANIES DID ONLY STOP BUT ALSO ELIMINATED 34 PEOPLE OF THE ENEMY'S INFANTRY COMPANY EQUIPPED WITH TANKS AND ARMOR WHILE EVEN OUR 8 PEOPLE WERE MARTYRED IN THIS ENGAGEMENT. MY DEAR SOLDIERS, EVEN I HAVE HAD A CONNECTION WITH THIS UNIFORM AND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY IN SOME OR THE OTHER WAY FOR LAST 51 YEARS. FROM THIS, 37 YEARS EVEN I WAS A MEMBER OF CENTRAL POLICE JUST LIKE YOU. AND I GOT A CHANCE TO WORK WITH EVERY GROUP AND COMPANY OF THE ARMY. BUT, THERE IS SOME SPECIALITIES OF YOUR FORCE, WHICH OTHERS DON'T HAVE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OUT OF YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR THESE SPECIALITIES, YOU KNOW THEM AND FEEL PROUD ABOUT IT. IT'S NECESSARY THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE BUT WHEN THERE IS A FEELING OF BEING CAPABLE ONLY THEN YOU GET THE CONFIDENCE. THIS IS THE ONLY GROUP WHICH IS SO DIVERSE, THERE ARE DIVERSITIES. FOR EVERY CHALLENGE LIKE STATIC DUTY OR VIP SECURITY OR COMMUNAL RIOTS OR TERRORISM IT IS OR INSURGENCY IN THE JUNGLES OF THE NORTHEAST, WHATEVER CHALLENGE WERE FACED BY THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY, THERE WASN'T ONE WHICH DIDN'T HAVE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CRPF. THE QUESTION IS NOT THAT YOU WERE DEPLOYED, THE QUESTION WAS THAT WHOEVER YOU WERE DEPLOYED YOU MADE YOURSELF, YOUR FORCE AND YOUR COUNTRY PROUD. FOR THIS EPIC COURAGE OF YOUR THE NATION BOWS DOWN IN FRONT OF YOU. AND BECAUSE OF THIS REASON THERE IS ONE MORE SPECIALITY OF YOURS, YOUR CREDIBILITY, THE CREDIBLE FORCE, WHEREVER WE TALK, IN WHICHEVER MEETING WE TALK WE, WE SAY THAT FORCE SHOULD BE SENT, HOW MANY BATTALIONS TO BE SENT, WE SHOULD SEND THE CRPF, IT'S A VERY CREDIBLE FORCE. WE CAN COMPLETELY TRUST ON IT. THIS CREDIBILITY, THIS DOESN'T COME BY WORDS.

IT TAKES WHOLE LIFE TO BUILD SUCH CREDIBILITY, THEN THAT TRUST COMES IN THE REFLEX ACTION OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOUR CAPABILITIES CAN BE TRUSTED, YOU CAN BE TRUSTED, ON YOUR CAPABILITIES, ON YOUR COURAGE, ON YOU LOVE FOR PROFESSIONALISM, ON YOUR DISCIPLINE, ON YOUR LEADERSHIP, ON YOUR COMMAND AND CONTROL. IT TAKES A LONG TIME FOR A FORCE BUILDS ITS CREDIBILITY AND TO MAINTAIN IT CONSTANTLY IS EVEN A TOUGHER TASK. THERE A BIG HEAVY TRAP OF CREDIBILITY THAT IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO BUILD IT BUT EVEN A DAY IF ENOUGH TO RUIN IT. SO, IT DOESN'T GET RUIN AND MOVE AHEAD FURTHER, KEEP IMPROVING YOUR PAST PERFORMANCE, YESTERDAY IS PAST AND THE COMING DAYS EVEN BE BETTER. TIME MUST BE RUNNING OUT, I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ON A LOT OF THINGS BUT ONE THING, THAT IS QUICK RESPONSE. IT'S NOT A SIMPLE THING THAT ON A NOTICE OF 2 HOURS, 8 HOURS, 10 HOURS, WE CAN MOVE THE CRPF 1000 KMS THROUGH AIRCRAFTS, AND IN THAT ALSO IN ANEW GEOGRAPHY, IN A NEW CLIMATE WHERE ARE FACILITIES THERE ARE NO FACILITIES, WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING CRPF AND IT'S OFFICER COMPLETELY THE DUTY THEY ARE ASSIGNED TO AND YOUR RESOLUTION, YOUR COURAGE AND YOUR DISCIPLINE, I DON'T WANT TO TALK ON THAT AND THERE IS LACK OF EXAMPLES, BE IT J&K, NORTHEAST OR PUNJAB. AND ONE THING THAT I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU, THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNAL SECURITY IS A MATTER OF BIG SIGNIFICANCE, AFTER WORLD WAR 2 THERE WERE 37 SUCH COUNTRIES WHICH WERE EITHER DIVIDED OR LOST THEIR FREEDOM OR THEIR CONSTITUTION DEGRADED WHICH WE CALL AS DEGRADATION OF THE STATE, IN WAY ON OTHER THERE WERE CHANGES MADE. FROM THOSE, FOR 28 OF THEM THE REASONS WERE INTERNAL.

NOW, THROUGH WARS CONQUERING SOME OTHER NATION, THERE ARE VERY FEW EXAMPLES OF THESE BUT THERE ARE AMPLE EXAMPLES OF HOW WHEN COUNTRIES ARE DIVIDED, IF THEY WEAK, IF THEIR PROGRESS IS STOPPED THEN THE REASON OF THAT IS THE LACK OF INTERNAL SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY, AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS IS ON THE CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION IN THE SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. YOU BE AWAKE TOWARDS THIS, THE TIME FOR PARADE IS NOT THE TIME FOR SPEECH I'M AWARE OF THAT, PEOPLE STAND UNDER THE SUN, BUT BEFORE I LEAVE I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU ONE SMALL THING THAT THE POTENTIAL INSIDE YOU AND CONTRIBUTION YOU'VE MADE, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE THAT THERE IS A GAP BETWEEN THESE TWO. IN THIS FORCE OF 2.75 LAKH SOLDIERS, IN THIS MANPOWER, IN THESE CAPABLE PEOPLE AND IN THESE EXTREMELY DISCIPLINED SOLDIERS AND THE PEOPLE OF ACTION, THE CAPABILITIES WHICH ARE THERE IN THEM, WE CAN TAKE THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT OF THIS CAPABILITY, THE COUNTRY CAN TAKE THE BENEFIT, FOR THAT IT IS NECESSARY THAT YOU PEOPLE CONSTANTLY BETTER YOUR PROFESSIONALISM, YOUR TRAINING, YOUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH CONSTANTLY AND INCREASE IT. JUST KEEP MOVING AHEAD THERE IS NO NEED TO LOOK BEHIND, THERE IS A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF YOU AND I ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATE YOU ALL AND WISH YOU WELL AND I'M THANKFUL TO YOUR DIRECTOR GENERAL THAT HE GAVE ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.
 

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