Neither is anyone inside our territory nor has any Indian post been captured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday on the six-week border standoff with China as he briefed prominent political leaders about the killing of 20 soldiers in the Galwan Valley that triggered a massive escalation in tensions between the two countries.
At an all-party meeting, he said the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice taught a "lesson" to those who had dared to look towards India and that the army has been given "freedom" to take necessary steps.
"At the outset, prime minister clarified that neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured," the government said in a statement, adding he assured the leaders that the armed forces are leaving no stone unturned to protect the country.
The categorical statement by the prime minister came in the wake of reports that Chinese military has transgressed into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border, in several areas of eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley.
The prime minister's assertion came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi questioned the government's handling of the situation, asking if there was any intelligence failure and seeking assurance that China will "revert" to its original position.
To discuss where things stand as of today, CNBC-TV18's Parikshit Luthra spoke to retired Army officer Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy; Praveen Swami, Group Consulting Editor of Network18; Ananth Krishnan, senior journalist at The Hindu; KC Singh, former diplomat and Brahma Chellaney, strategic affairs expert.