According to Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command, the improvement in connectivity and associated infrastructure along the North-East frontier in the last few decades has significantly increased the operational readiness and capability of the armed forces in the eastern theatre.

Concerning reports of Chinese movement along the LAC, he spoke about the expansion of the Indian armed forces’ operations capability in the North East. “A lot of changes have occurred in the last couple of decades, a lot of infrastructure development has occurred not only in Arunachal but also in other N-E states, with Assam having the best infrastructure.” Connectivity in terms of road, communication, and airbase is improving dramatically, which obviously improves our operational capability.”

Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, rejecting any possibility of China using Bhutan against India, stated that India and Bhutan have a centuries-old relationship and that there is “no question of using one nation against the other.”

The North East has changed dramatically over the years, according to LG Kalita, who added, “When I joined the force, the area was not that developed.” Infrastructure was not developed to the same extent as in other parts of the country. Terrorism and insurgency movements afflicted the majority of Northeastern states. Peace has returned, and the parameters of violence have been drastically reduced. Only in a few places are there still remnants of the insurgency. People’s support for the insurgency movement has waned.”