2017, an eventful year for armed forces
The year saw change of guards in the Defence Ministry. In September, Nirmala Sitharaman took charge as India's first full-time woman defence minister, succeeding Arun Jaitley.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 31, 2017 1:00 pm
The Army earned kudos for its “mature” handling of the Doklam standoff, which was the most serious since a similar standoff in the 1980s (Representational)
The Indian Armed forces displayed a renewed assertiveness in dealing with national security challenges in 2017 — be it the 73-day-long border face-off with Chinese troops in Doklam, containing militancy in Kashmir or aggressive deployment of warships in critical sea lanes. But they had their share of controversies also, including the use of a Kashmiri as a ‘human shield’ and subsequent award to the young officer who tied the civilian to the front of a jeep. The incident had triggered huge outrage.
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