Defence

Kargil hero Col Wangchuk says need strong political will to strengthen India’s borders

Kargil War hero and Maha Vir Chakra recipient Colonel (retd) Sonam Wangchuk said India cannot slacken its vigil along its borders, and that the time is ripe for a strong political will to protect the borders against the combined might of China and Pakistan.

“This is an unprecedented situation between India and China, one not seen since 1962. We need strong political will to keep all channels open, engage on all fronts to ensure a solution is found,” he said.

Wangchuk was speaking to ThePrint in an exclusive interview less than a fortnight after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action at the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh in the most dangerous flare-up between India and China in over four decades.

Asked about the contradictory versions coming from the government and the Army about the 15 June clash, Wangchuk said one cannot deny that there has been an incursion.

While PM Modi had said that there’s been no incursion in Indian territory, Lt Gen Harinder Singh who led talks with the Chinese said that PLA soldiers need to move out of Indian territory.

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