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Rajnath Singh Inaugurates Revamped War Memorial At Ladakh’s Rezang La

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Rajnath Singh stated the “historic battle” of Rezang La is “difficult to imagine even today”.

New Delhi:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated a revamped conflict memorial in japanese Ladakh’s Rezang La, the location of an epic battle at an altitude of 18,000 toes the place over 100 Indian troops inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese navy 59 years in the past displaying indomitable grit and bravado.

The battle of Rezang La is basically thought of because the best second for the Indian Army within the India-China conflict six a long time in the past.

Paying his tributes to the fallen heroes, Mr Singh described the monument for instance of the willpower and indomitable braveness displayed by the Indian Army that he stated just isn’t “only immortal in the pages of history, but also beats in our hearts”.

The defence minister stated the “battle of Rezang La is considered one of the 10 greatest and most challenging military conflicts in the world.”

“The historic battle of Rezang La, fought at an altitude of 18,000 feet, is difficult to imagine even today. Major Shaitan Singh and his fellow soldiers fought till ”last bullet and last breath” and wrote a new chapter of bravery and sacrifice,” he stated.

“I am saluting the 114 Indian soldiers who made supreme sacrifices in the 1962 war after reaching Rezang La, located amidst the inaccessible hills of Ladakh,” Mr Singh tweeted.

The battle of Rezang La started at round four am on November 18, 1962, and lasted until round 10 pm throughout which the ‘C’ firm of 13th battalion of the Kumaon Regiment led by Major Shaitan Singh not solely stood their floor however inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese regardless of being outnumbered by the adversary.

Major Singh was later posthumously conferred with Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest navy ornament.

Defence Minister Mr Singh additionally met Brig (retd) R B Jatar who was a part of the battle of Rezang La.

“I am overwhelmed by the feeling of respect for him and I salute his courage. May God keep them healthy and live long,” Mr Singh stated.

The revamped conflict memorial has been thrown open at a time India and China have been locked in a bitter border row in japanese Ladakh for almost one-and-half years.

The Indian Army had occupied a variety of mountain peaks in Rezang La area in August final yr following China’s aggressive posturing and failed try and intimidate Indian troops.

The japanese Ladakh border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries erupted on May 5 final yr following a violent conflict within the Pangong lake areas and either side steadily enhanced their deployment by dashing in tens of hundreds of troopers in addition to heavy weaponry.

The pressure escalated following a lethal conflict in Galwan Valley on June 15 final yr.

As a results of a sequence of navy and diplomatic talks, the 2 sides accomplished the disengagement course of within the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in February and within the Gogra space in August.

The final spherical of navy talks on October 10 resulted in a stalemate following which either side blamed one another for the deadlock.

In a robust assertion after the 13th spherical of talks, the Indian Army stated the “constructive suggestions” made by it on the negotiations have been neither agreeable to the Chinese facet nor might Beijing present any “forward-looking” proposals.

Each facet at the moment has round 50,000 to 60,000 troops alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the delicate sector.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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