New Delhi : Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the world is once again moving towards being bi-polar or multi-polar, adding that India needs to look at its strategy to handle its two aggressive neighbours – China and Pakistan.
Speaking at an event in the national capital, the CDS called for integration not just among the forces, but also with the other ministries and departments, stressing that a war is fought by a nation, and not the defence forces along.
He said that the world, which became unipolar after the disintegration of USSR, is now again moving towards being multi-polar.
“We are now heading back to a bi-polar or multi-polar world, if that is good or bad only time will tell,” he said.
“What we are certainly seeing is more aggression on the part of nations, especially China which is trying to make its presence felt. So it is for us to see our strategy, how we are going to deal with our neighbours which are aggressive – Pakistan on the western front and China on the north,” CDS General Bipin Rawat said.
“After the disintegration of Soviet Union, people started believing it will be a uni-polar world, and the US will reign over the world for years. People thought it will be a good mechanism because US is a capitalist democracy,” Rawat said.
He said peace was expected in the unipolar world, however, there were more wars that happened.
“At one stage people though a unipolar world is good US being a democratic power. They will ensure there is democracy, peace and happiness. But you can see under the unipolar world there were more wars that were being fought,” he said.
He also said that a kind of “jointmanship” was being witnessed between the Islamic and Sinic cultures.
“We are seeing some kind of jointmanship between the Sinic and the Islamic civilisations. They (China) are now making friends with Iran, they have moved towards Turkey… they will step in Afghanistan in times to come,” he said.