Siachen India’s capital of grit, determination: Defence minister Rajnath Singh | India News

Siachen India’s capital of grit, determination: Defence minister Rajnath Singh | India News

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NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the operational situation and military preparedness in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region, dubbing it “India’s capital of courage, grit and determination” just as Delhi was the national capital and Mumbai the financial one.
“We are leading a peaceful life as we have an assurance that our brave soldiers stand steadfast at the borders.In the times to come, when the history of national security is written, the acts of bravery and iron-clad will of our soldiers in the icy cold glacier will be remembered with pride,” Singh said.
The minister, accompanied by Army chief General Manoj Pande and other top officers, visited Siachen soon after India marked the 40th anniversary of Operation Meghdoot.
On April 13, 1984, Indian troops had occupied almost all the dominating heights from 15,000 to 22,000-feet in the world’s highest and coldest battlefield to pre-empt a similar attempt by Pakistan.
After an aerial reconnaissance, Singh landed at the forward Kumar post at a height of 15,100-feet and interacted with the soldiers deployed in the extreme weather and tough terrain conditions.
“He was also given a detailed brief on the operational readiness and the prevalent security situation. He also discussed the aspects associated with the operational challenges with the commanders on ground,” an officer said.


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