Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi
File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

New Delhi: The Army has started drawing up a summer strategy in Ladakh, and is looking at greater permanent deployment of troops in the area with no immediate resolution in sight to the ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), ThePrint has learnt.

“The talks are on between both sides but China is sticking to its position that we should withdraw from the southern banks of Pangong Tso. We are of the view that disengagement should happen from all locations concerned simultaneously,” said a government source.

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“We are prepared for the winter if China wants to stay, and we are also working out the summer strategy,” the source added.

Top government sources said Indian forces will at no point carry out any reduction in current troop deployment in forward areas unless China agrees to do the same. Any Chinese move, they added, will be subject to a proper verification process that will have to be decided by both sides.

This is so because at some points where the two armies are locked in a stand-off, the Indians need more time to reach the location than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which has better road connectivity and the advantage of plains on their side, the sources said.

“We can’t afford a situation where we pull back, only for the Chinese to come back and occupy the positions. In some locations, we need more time to reach the positions where we are on than the Chinese who, can reach in a shorter time,” the source said.

At many locations along the LAC, the troops of the two countries are just a few hundred metres apart.

With no easing of tensions at the border despite multiple rounds of dialogue, India and China are already set for a heavy deployment in the forward areas of Ladakh through the region’s bitter winter, where the temperatures can drop to -35°C. Forward deployment through the Ladakh winter will be a first for both India and China.

The 7th round of corps commander-level talks is scheduled for 12 October, but the military is not pinning high hopes on it, as before. This is the first round of talks since China raked up the 1959 claim line as the LAC last month.


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‘India prepared for winter’

Talking about the plan ahead, government sources said the Chinese have come prepared to stay during the winter. 

Giving details about the Indian preparations, the sources added that the Army has made all arrangements for the winter, with “some smaller issues left to be tied up”.

“Clothing, heated tents, food and other rations have all been taken care of. There might be some small challenges here and there, but then the Army will take care of it as days pass,” the aforementioned source said.

Referring to plans for increased deployment through the summer, or the “LoC-isation” of the LAC, another source said, “This increase does not mean creation of new division or anything but in terms of more battalions or a brigade more along with their equipment.” 

Sources said there has been a renewed focus on increasing our capabilities along the LAC because of the aggression shown by the Chinese since May.

“We are determined to push ahead with the infrastructure activity. If anything, we have only sped up the process. Along with it, the Army in Ladakh is being provided with everything that they are demanding,” said a third source. “A spate of emergency procurement is being done which would have otherwise taken time.”


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Yes we all love India and salute the great men and woman in uniform. People rest well because of you’ll. The nation needs to rise and rise quickly, it is unfair to have the army serve the nation in minus 40 degrees Celsius, whilst the rich get richer in India ,case and point the AMBANI the ADANI . How about each of these companies donate a billion dollars a year to the welfare of the great soldiers.

    India cannot remain a selfish country at the cost of the great army. Wake up and start sharing all the capitalist thugs.

    God Bless the ARMY .

  2. Right Sir,

    Jai Hind!

    Our Armed forces are brave, strong and have a courage of conviction. It is amply clear from the day of deployment on LAC till date.

    Our Army Officers are very intelligent , having broad knowledge and tactics of fighting and leading their troops righteously. Welfare of troops, they commands is first for them. There rest and own well being is last.

    Our JCOs and Jawans are strong having high moral to face their enemies and to stay any altitude in any situations.

    The Indian Army is well experienced in proxy wars and also best prepared for full fledged wars. However, chances of full fledged wars in the present scenario are very rare and proxy wars will continue to be as it is.

    I salute my Indian Arny Officers, JCOs and NCOs to be very courageous to face any of the consecuences towards the nation .

    Jai Hind!

    Jai Bharat!

  3. It is not any easy job to Comment warm fully far away from The Terribly Cold Sofocating Mountain Border.

    While PRAYING GOD TO BESTOW ENOUGH STRENGTH TO ALL OUR DEFENCE PERSONNEL ALWAYS IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE , “”We Should NEVER FORGET TO DISCHARGE OUR PART OF DUTY CORRECTLY AND METICULOUSLY ALWAYS TO SAFEGAURD THE SECURITY OF OUR MOTHER LAND.

    With Best Wishes For Bettermnet Always ,

    Yours sincerely ,
    SHIVA KUMAR.T.N. B.Sc.L.L.B.A.M.I.B.M.
    DIRECTOR ,
    YOGAVASISTHA SAMSODHANA KENDRA ,
    No 13, 5th CROSS , NR COLONY ,
    BANGALORE. -560019 .
    Mobile/WhatsApp. +919483271683.

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