J K News Today
Jammu, July 5:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi did on Friday what only extraordinary leaders do in difficult times – visit the soldiers and demonstrate the will of the leadership to do anything for them at any place and at any time .
Following the loss of 20 Indian soldiers in a brutal clash between Chinese and Indian troops in Galwan valley on June 15 , and unspecified Chinese casualties , the tense standoff had turned violent , something that had not happened at the LAC for the past over 45 years . The peace and tranquility on the LAC was broken and it had escalated tensions almost to the point of no return .
Visiting soldiers during these times was no ordinary thing to do . This is not about the temperature of the place but the high mercury level of the tensions between the two armies, with China staggering on the world stage as an intoxicated powerful country indulging in “expansionist” tendencies of the medieval times . But China did not realise that it was dealing with a different India under the dynamic and strong leadership of Modi, who was hailed as a “leader leading from the front,” by Home Minister Amit Shah.
This difference was also noted when China did not disclose the number of its slain soldiers, neither their names were publicized , nor any homage was paid to them by any of Chinese leaders.
The Indian leadership led by Modi went to Ladakh to pay the homage to the martyrs of Galwan valley whom he paid tributes at the war memorial, acknowledging their supreme sacrifice on behalf of the nation .
There lies the difference between the two sides.
Strong leaders do brave things . Prime Minister Narendra Modi did that exactly . These are not peace times in eastern Ladakh – the situation there is like war clouds hovering over the landscape , and these clouds are quite low floating around in between the Himalayan heights . Eastern Ladakh heights , on an average , are at 14,000 feet , dizzying and short of oxygen.
Modi landed in these heights unannounced to be with the soldiers , to boost their morale . He identified himself as one of them when he chatted with them in formal and informal lexicon , giving them both comfort and tapping their courage and bravery in the hostile circumstances more than that of the Himalayan heights that they are guarding round-the clock.