Defense Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to former Defense Minister the late Manohar Parrikar on Monday and said he was a thoughtful leader for our armed forces.
Mr Singh today unveiled a plaque at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi to rename the institute named Parrikar.
According to the official statement from the Ministry of Defense, the change of name to the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA) by the Minister of Defense, who is the president of the Institute, makes following the unanimous decision of the general body earlier this year to affect the change in memory of the former defense minister.
The name change coincided with the 57th founding day of the Institute which is celebrated on November 11 of each year.
Paying rich tributes to the former Minister of Defense, Mr. Singh, in his speech, recalled the late Manohar Parrikar who, during his tenure as Minister of Defense, had focused on promoting the work of the institute .
Recalling his long association with him, Rajnath Singh said, “Parrikar ji had a deep understanding of defense-related issues and his insistence on indigenization and political-military synergy efforts made him an invaluable asset. He was a thoughtful leader for our armed forces. His leadership in the 2016 counterterrorism strikes following the Uri incident and the “One Rank One Pension” decision taken in the interests of the armed forces will long be remembered. “
Wishing MP-IDSA the best on its 57th founding day, Rajnath Singh praised the hard work and determination of the institute which he said has become one of the best think tanks in the field of defense, national and international security. relationships over the past six decades.
He described it as a unique institution, which brought together talents from academia and different fields of research as well as government departments from many countries.
“The ideas from the brainstorming have helped decision makers meet the challenges of the 21st century. This institute has touched people with its large number of publications. He constantly strives to carry on his glorious legacy, ”he added.
Mr. Singh stressed the need to remain more vigilant and vigilant given the rapidly evolving global security scenario and unseen threats like the COVID-19 pandemic. He called the MP-IDSA an invaluable treasure that can give new direction to the country’s defense and security.
“You all study from traditional warfare to non-contact and hybrid warfare and other concepts of warfare. But with comprehensive national security comes high-end technological capabilities, a diverse population and national economic strength. “, did he declare.
Rajnath Singh called on the institute to think more deeply in the areas of national security so that it can also be useful in the overall growth of the nation. He urged the institute, especially academics, to come up with new ideas in research and policy development and help build a strong and capable India. He gave all possible government support to achieve this goal.
On this occasion, Mr. Singh also inaugurated the solar power plant on the roof connected to the 100 KW grid. The solar power plant project was set up as part of the program of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies for the promotion of solar power plants on the roofs of public buildings. Since its inception, the solar power plant has managed to save 1 41540 units, a saving of over Rs 14 lakh per year.
Welcoming the institute’s work in energy security, he said, the solar power plant demonstrates the government’s commitment to promote clean energy for a healthy environment.
The Union Minister also inaugurated an outdoor gymnasium at the institute, calling it an important initiative. He insisted on strengthening health and the immune system, especially during the pandemic.
“As the number of vaccinations by the government has exceeded 100 crore, the awareness of our own health by the population will jointly make us victorious in the fight against covid-19. We are fully committed to public health,” did he declare. Rajnath Singh appreciated that the project was the product of close coordination between MP-IDSA and a local military station without any additional financial burden.
The Minister of Defense has also published books written by academics at the Institute, covering a wide range of research topics relevant to the country’s defense, security, foreign policy and strategic imperatives.