The 31-word comment made by India’s Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on August 24 has been on the front page of most Indian newspapers and has been the subject of much debate.
He told ANI: “There is a military option in Ladakh to deal with Chinese military incursions, but it will be taken only when military and diplomatic talks fail. ‘
Hardly any of the veterans in the defense service have been surprised by his statement.
Former Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General (retd) DS Hooda said: ‘Can the CDS say there is no military option? I think he was just stating the facts.