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Today self-reliance in defence has become a strategic necessity: Army Chief Naravane

IndiaTimes Thursday, 21 January 2021
Army Chief General MM Naravane on Thursday emphasized the need for India to become self-reliant in the field of defence in the backdrop of the hostility shown by neighbors and vulnerability of global supply chains as revealed by Covid-19 pandemic.
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