Gen Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has asked the three services to curb all peace-time activities amid call by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging every Indian to light a “diya (lamp)” for soldiers deployed on Ladakh borders.
However, in deference to deployed troops in Ladakh, Gen Rawat has asked the three services to be ready in case of a worst case scenario.
Since the Indian Army is engaged in a stand-off with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Gogra-Hot Springs and both banks of Pangong Tso Lake, the Navy’s marine commandos have been asked to be deployed in East Ladakh.
As the weather is turning to be inclement, the MARCOS will be deployed with the Indian Special Forces to gather experience in polar desert conditions with high wind chill factor and heavy snow.
As per senior military commanders, Gen Rawat has clearly sent a message to all the three services that these are not normal times with troops, artillery and tanks deployed along the 1597 km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and hence all peace-time activities must be curbed.
“As situation in east Ladakh can get worse any time in case of an accident, the armed forces must be ready for any scenario. It cannot be that while the entire northern army command and western air command is battle deployed in frozen condition, the rest of us are celebrating the festival season and playing golf. Let nobody forget there is a war in Ladakh,” said an official with information on the development.
The Indian troops are also all set for the long haul of the winters like their counterparts PLA. The Indian army is determined not to cede an inch of the territory to the rouge Chinese military.
The deployed troops are now awaiting for their polar winter clothing and face masks, which are expected to arrive from the US Army by the first week of November.
It is a concern that the PLA has already deployed strategic jammers in Arunachal Pradesh. They have also gone for a massive infrastructure and storage capacity upgrade in both Xinjiang and Tibet.