Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram talked to reporters in New Delhi on Sunday (24 October) on the possibility of war between India and Pakistan.
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: RAM: "We are on the defensive, but defensive does not mean that if our country is attacked I will fight only on the border or on my side. Defence means certainly that I will push the aggressors and certainly when I will push them I will push them if their country. And I will push them till the point where they surrender so that does not mean aggression. I have always said that we do not want war but in cases we are attacked certainly we will defend our country. But defence does not mean fighting just on the border but pushing the aggressors inside."
REPORTER: How do you assess the border situation?
RAM: Well, when troops of the two countries are concentrated on both sides of the border, well obviously the border situation is grave."
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Background: Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram talked to reporters in New Delhi on Sunday (24 October) on the possibility of war between India and Pakistan.
He admitted both sides had forces drawn up on either side of their borders, and was defiant about India's intentions of striking back in the event of an attack.