Role of the Armed Forces in the Doklam episode, Galwan Clashes, Improved India’s Standing: Vice Chief of the Army
The role of the Indian Armed Forces during the Doklam episode and the clashes in the Galwan Valley not only raised India’s standing but also raised its standing around the world, Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. CP Mohanty said on Sunday. At one event, he spoke at length about the central ethos of the Indian armed forces and highlighted their key contributions during the 1965, 1971 and Kargil wars.
Citing recent events, Lieutenant General Mohanty said: “What happened in Doklam and Galwan has not only raised the nation’s reputation, it has also given us great international importance.” “Today everyone is talking about India as a provider of network security,” he said at the event organized by the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS). “It won’t be long before we are among the superpowers,” he added.
In 2017, the troops of India and China found themselves in a 73-day stalemate in the tri-intersection Doklam, which even sparked fears of war between the two neighbors armed with nuclear weapons. The Indian armed forces have vigorously opposed the construction of a road through China in Doklam, near the triangle. The dispute was settled in several rounds of talks.
On June 15 last year in eastern Ladakh, the Indian army blunted “vicious” Chinese attacks in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. Twenty members of the Indian army lost their lives in clashes with Chinese troops that constituted the worst military conflict between the two sides in decades.
In February, China officially admitted that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in clashes with the Indian army, although it is widely believed that the death toll was higher. In his address, Lieutenant General Mohanty said that India has invested in its security forces and that they have played a key role in the overall development of the country as security is a key aspect of prosperity.
He stressed that assignment to the armed forces was part of the nation-building process. Lt. Gen. Mohanty also praised Indian Air Force Squadron commander Abhinandan Varthaman for his role in thwarting a Pakistani offensive the day after the Balakot attacks in February 2019.
“He held his head up and became the symbol of today’s youth,” he said. The deputy chief of staff also cited reports that Pakistan had been forced to release Varthaman as the neighboring country knew that if it was not released, India would surely attack it.
“So he was brought back with dignity,” said Lieutenant General Mohanty. Varthaman was captured by Pakistan on February 27, 2019 after a dogfight between the two countries’ air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down.
Before his jet was hit, he shot down an F-16 fighter from Pakistan. Varthaman was released from Pakistan on the night of March 1, 2019.
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