Defence Minster to Inaugurate revamped war memorial in Eastern Ladakh
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Inaugurate revamped war memorial in Eastern Ladakh. The site which witnessed an epic battle is well known as Rezang La where Indian troops fought the Chinese military with valour and courage in 1962.
The war memorial is solely dedicated to the brave Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their life in the Battle of Rezang La.
According to the official sources after the inaugurating the memorial, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will also take the review of the security situation with the top commanders of the Army near the Indo- China border and Line of Actual Control in the region.
Chief of Defence staff General Bipin also accompanying the defence minister during his Ladakh visit.
It is said that Army Chief MM Narvane will not be able to attend the inauguration ceremony at Ladakh as he is on a five-day tour to Israel.
Why in News?
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is going to inaugurate the memorial on the 59th anniversary of the Rezang La battle in Eastern Ladakh. The memorial was originally a small one and it has now been modified and expanded. Now it is much bigger than before and will attract the tourist around the world in Ladakh union territory.
According to army officials, now the normal citizens including the tourists will be allowed to go to the war memorial and border areas in order to further spotlight the legendary battle of Rezang La.
During the three-day event which is all set to start from November 17, Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat presence will also marked
History of Battle of Rezang La:
Rezang La is pass on High mountains with all weather blizzard wind forces lying 11 kilometres south of Spangur Gap. Nearly two thousand Chinese troops attacked mere 114 men of Charlie company of 13 Kumaon led by Major Shaitan Singh at 4 am in the morning of November 18, 1962. In the next 18 hours the entire Kumaon battalion is seemed to virtually exterminated but on the other hand the soldier of Kumaon battalion inflicted massive casualties on the People’s Liberation Army troops and also saved the Chusul Garrison from being captured.
Indo – China relations current scenario:
Last Year in the month of August Indian troops has captured a number of advantageous mountain peaks following China’s aggressive along the border areas and in the region.
The border standoff between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army in the eastern Ladakh sector has break out on May 5th last year following a violent and dishearten clash in the Pangong lake areas. After that both army of both sides have rapidly enhanced their deployment of tens of thousands of soldiers near the border areas. In addition, with the soldiers, advanced military equipment modern machinery, army vehicles, and other important logistics have also deployed. The tension escalated when there Galwan valley witnessed a deadly clash resulting in the death of 20 Indian Soldiers on June 15 last year.
After that a series of military and diplomatic talk held from both the sides for proper disengagement in the north and south banks of Pangong Tso lake in February and in the Gogra region near the month of August. The last round of military talks on October 10 inconclusive and both sides ended in a stalemate, blaming each other.
Concerning with the recent developments, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has said that China is India’s biggest security threat, India should be prepared for any misadventure along the Himalayan frontiers and in the ocean, he added.
India and China share the important relation on various aspect such as economic front where China has emerged top trading partner of India with massive more than 85-billion-dollar bilateral trade. So, the pale relation would harm both the sides eventually in the long run. For the betterment of the sides, they need to channelise their relationship positively with fresh talks and negotiation.