India, Oct. 19 -- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Hindustan?Times about India's position on Pakistan, the revocation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and the ground situation in the state today, as well as the government's plans to enable defence modernisation. Edited excerpts from an interview:

Many experts have raised doubts about India's defence capabilities in case of two front wars. How is India preparing for any such situation?

We are modernising our forces. But our objective is self defence, and not to confront or attack any other country. This has never been our character and will never be in future.

What is the status of defence modernisation programme in India?

These are strategic is...