Ladakh Current Affairs - 2020

‘Era of Expansionism Is Over’ PM targets China during Ladakh Visit

On 3rd July 2020, with the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi reached Ladakh for reviewing the security situations amid continues claims of China for sovereignty over India’s territory at the Galwan Valley.

Prime Minister’s visit is a strong and powerful message to China and has served as a morale booster for the Indian Armed Forces. Prime Minister addressed the Armed Force Personnel at Nimo in Leh district of Ladakh. Later on the day, Prime Minister visited an army hospital in Leh to meet the injured soldiers who gave a fitting reply to the Chinese on 15th June Galwan Valley clash.

Important Highlights from Prime Minister’s Speech

  • Prime Minister warned India’s adversaries to not see India’s Commitment to peace and friendship as a weakness
  • Described Indian Armed Forces as the braves of the soil who’s Fire and Fury has seen by the enemy
  • This is the Age of Development, Era of Expansionism is over. In History as well Expansionist forces have either lost or forced to return or turn back
  • At the time of World War, the world has experienced India’s strength and commitment to world peace
  • Every Corner, Every River, Every Stone, Every pebble in Ladakh (including China occupied Aksai Chin) knows that it an integral part of India

Emergency Funds to Armed Forces of Rs. 500 Crore, Specialised Mountain Forces deployed at LAC

Following the violent Galwan valley clash on 15th June 2020 and a six-week-long border standoff with the Chinese army, under emergency requirement procurement Rs 500 crore of funds was granted by the Government for the Armed Forces.

With consultation with the Department of Military Affairs, the Indian Armed Forces will be allowed to make a purchase of any weapon under the sanctioned amount. The weapon purchased under the sanctioned fund can be a new one that the armed forces feel they would require in case of a war or a weapon that is short in inventory.

Specialised Mountain Forces deployed

To safeguard Indian territories from any cross-border aggression from the People’s Liberation Army of China, India has deployed its Specialised High Altitude Warfare Forces who are trained in guerrilla warfare and fighting along the 3,488 Km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The specialized Indian mountain troops are trained on the northern front. These forces go to the frontier when the red flag goes up. Over the decades these troops in the Himalayan States of India (Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Ladakh) have adapted themselves to the rarefied heights by developing the required skill sets and capabilities that are essential to have a pin-pointed accuracy for mountain fighting.