The President of India,
Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Presidential Standard to 25 Sqn and
33 Sqn of Indian Air Force today (December 18, 2012) at Air Force
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India stands for peace
and its foreign policy is focused on the achievement of this objective.
Therefore, effective deterrence is the cornerstone of our defence
policy. But effective deterrence requires the maintenance of a force
that can be called upon at any time, to secure the sovereignty of our
nation. Our armed force symbolizes this capability, he added.
The President stated that since the beginning of its existence over 80
years ago in the pre-independence era, the Indian Air Force has grown
today into one of the most powerful and professional forces in the
world, capable of facing any threat to our national integrity. The
operational capability of the Indian Air Force constitutes an important
cutting edge of the nationís military strength.