Amid tensions on the Line of Actual Control between India and China, villagers in border areas of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh recalled the 1962 War and said they were committed to serve the country.
“We are ready to face the enemy whenever the Army needs our help, 80-year-old Gopal Singh Napalchayal, a resident of Napalchu village in Vyas Valley, said. We have a strong sense of commitment towards the nation and its armed forces, he added.
Recalling the 1962 War, Napalchayal said when Chinese troops reached near the Darma, Vyas and Johar valleys in the district, villagers helped the Army carry ammunition and food to border posts on sheep and mules.
Our women donated their gold and silver ornaments to help the nation, he said. It was time for our winter migration after harvesting our crop in October when the War with China began in 1962 but our villagers decided to remain here, he recalled, adding that they did not vacate their villages till the conflict ended.