Kolkata, July 15 (UNI) India is increasing its military strength not only for itself but also for its friends, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday while launching a potent stealth frigate Dunagiri for the Indian Navy here.
The Minister praised Bangladesh for the progress it has made after leaving behind religious fanaticism and also launched a veiled attack on Pakistan and asked it to learn from Dhaka.
“Today if Bangladesh is moving fast on the path of progress. As a neighbour, India is very happy about it. It is progressing rapidly by adopting the path of modernisation, moderation, secularism, women development… leaving behind religious fanaticism, bigotry and parochialism.”
Launching a veiled attack on Pakistan, the Minister said: “One of our neighbors, which is badly battling religious fanaticism, bigotry and parochialism, is itself troubled by poverty, unemployment and terrorism, and it sometimes troubles India too. It needs to learn a lot from Bangladesh and introspect.”
Rajnath Singh said that India has maintained warm and strong relations with all its neighbours, be it Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, the Maldives or Bangladesh.
The Minister said that the launch of such a capable warship reflects the growing indigenous design strength of Indian Navy and the high technical capability of Indian shipyards, ancillary industries and MSMEs.
P17A ships have been designed in-house by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND), which has successfully spear-headed design of numerous class of indigenous warships in the past.