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The Siachen Glacier is the highest and coldest battlefield in the world at an average altitude of 20,000 feet. The temperature dips to minus 60 degrees in the winter.
Civilians are not allowed to go beyond Panamik(last civilian habitat), as no one is allowed to go beyond . The Siachen Glacier has become a completely different world unknown to most of us. But recently Indian Army conducted a trek to Siachen Glacier which included people from different field like some of them were students, bank employees, railway employees and few news reporters. This was a step to give the rest of country insight into why India army is still holding Siachen Glacier and how difficult it is to survive in that treacherous terrain and extreme cold climate.
Brief History Of Siachen Glacier
The Siachen Glacier continues to be a challenging battlefield for the Armed Forces. 97% casualties in Siachen have caused by the weather and altitude, rather than actual fighting. In this region men fight for oxygen on icy mountain peaks at an altitude up to 23000 ft.
According to the present ground positions, India maintains control over most of the Siachen Glacier and all of its tributary glaciers including the major passes of Saltoro Ridge.
Operation Meghdoot, launched on 13 April 1984, was unique as it was the first assault launched in the world’s highest battlefield. It is the longest military operation till date. After the 2003 ceasefire there has been no exchange of bullets but still the fight is on for the soldiers. It is a fight against nature, a fight for oxygen on icy mountain peaks at an altitude of 23,000 feet and a fight against one’s own physical, mental and emotional limits. Every year, more soldiers are killed because of severe weather than enemy firing. The two sides have lost close to 4,000 personnel primarily due to frostbites, avalanches and other complications.
This Diwali NDTV, is going to broadcast the latest documentary on “Siachen: The worlds Highest and Coldest Battlefield.”.
I would recommend all of you to watch it at least once and know why and how the Indian Army is occupying those icy peaks. After watching this you will feel proud of your Army and the country.
Q. Do you think it is necessary for India to maintain its current position in Siachen Glacier which in monetary terms a huge expense for the country?? What do you think?? Let us know!