At an altitude of about 15,000 feet, the villagers of Choshol pass through the dark and unforgivable region of the Indian state of Ladakh.
With low and over-packed duffel bags, sacks of rice, heavy fuel cans and bamboo cans strapped to their waists, they head for the Himalayan mountain peak known as Blacktop, where hundreds of Indians stand on the horizon. There are army tents.
100 strange men, women and young boys are not going through this difficult journey showing kindness. In the coming winter months, the temperature here will drop to 40 degrees Celsius. Villagers fear that if they do not help the Indian army secure its positions along the mountainous strip bordering China – and help prepare the army for the severe winter ahead – soon His village may also be under Chinese control.
The 28-year-old volunteer from Chashul said, “We want to help the Indian Army secure its posts immediately. Don’t do
Choshal is a residential area of about 150 families in eastern Ladakh, close to India’s disputed border with China. Since May, the Indian and Chinese armies have been embroiled in an increasingly aggressive dispute over their poorly demarcated Himalayan borders, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In June, the situation escalated into a violent, high-altitude clash in which 20 Indian soldiers, and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers, were killed in fighting between the two sides, with the heaviest loss of life. Happened Border for more than four decades.
On August 29, a few miles from Chashul, another encounter took place between the armies of India and China. There were no casualties that night, but for the first time in 45 years, troops opened fire on the border.
At a meeting in Moscow last week, the Indian and Chinese defense ministers issued a joint statement agreeing to “sever their border” as soon as possible. It has followed at least five rounds of high-level military talks that have not yet taken place, with both sides insisting the other is violating the sovereignty.
But, according to villagers, there is little evidence of inefficiency on the ground. Over the past week, Indian troops have continued to form along the border. A convoy of Indian Army vehicles has continued to bring supplies and ammunition to troops stationed at checkpoints along the border, and to build roads and buildings to further secure India’s position along the border. Diggers have been brought in nearby.
“It is very clear that both sides intend to stay there in the winter,” he said. Manoj Joshi, a security expert with the Observer Research Foundation, said he expects no diplomatic results.
“The fact is that China does not want to solve this because it is an easy way to keep India restless and weak by entangling them in a costly military operation on the Himalayan border, which is far from their resources.”
This week, the villagers of Chashul have continued their efforts to prevent the army from bringing supplies to the Black Top. There is no road access to the mountain shores that have become the new front line. He described his concerns over the next five months, when snow, ice and deadly avalanches almost completely wiped out the area.
“Leave the infrastructure in the area where the recent encounter took place, there is still a road left,” Tracing said. “How long will the army continue to supply?”
It was echoed by another villager, Konchak Spill. He said there was no conducive environment in the new places where China has kept the Indian Army busy. The army is being pitched in tents. When I don’t have a road, I don’t know how they will build the infrastructure to live.
Experts say India was not ready to fight along its mountainous border, which shows no sign of easing. It is only a matter of weeks before the four divisions currently in Ladakh, numbering about 40,000, hold their positions against China in the winter.
The Indian military is spending billions of dollars on defense along its border with China, including a 400 400 million new tunnel in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, but caring for tens of thousands of troops in this high desert is a complex and costly task. There are no proper communication channels in the region and electricity has not yet reached many villages. China’s defense budget is three times the size of India’s.
Tashi Chhipal, 60, a retired Indian Army captain who has been serving the region for more than three decades, said that in the winter season, “at some posts, our contact with the outside world is at the same time. It will be suspended for five months. ” .
“Everything freezes like a rock and we store things all winter long. For these months we will rely on tons of food. Communication is still so bad. Nothing much over the years,” he said. Revenge
Former Indian Army officer Parveen Sohni said India was “completely surprised” by China’s recent aggression along the border and was now on the back foot. “China is much better than that,” Sahni added. “They’ve got to the very end of the Fiber Optic Internet battlefield.”
Amrit Pal Singh, a senior general in the Indian Army and former chief of operational logistics in the Layyah region, said that with the onset of the winter season, the logistics for deploying and supplying troops in the area would be shifted to other Indian Army Unlike the other, there was a challenge. “It’s the most isolated battlefield in the world,” he said.
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