Indian Army

Technology, not troops, holds key to guarding India’s high-altitude borders

By moneycontrol

Talos, he was called: born of the race of Bronze, the men sprung from ash-trees; last among the sons of the gods; the Guardian of Crete, who would run tirelessly around the island, circling it three times each day, hurling boulders at all who sought to enter.

Then, Medea, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, invoked the Spirits of Death and the hounds of Hades who feed on the souls of the death, leading Talos to tear his ankle on a sharp rock, and his ichor, or life blood, leaking out of his single vein.

“Is it true then, Father Zeus, that people are not killed only by disease or wounds, but can be struck down by a distant enemy?” asked Apollonius Rhodius, in his BCE epic, Argonautica. “The thought appals me. Yet it was thus that Talos, for all his brazen frame, was brought down”.

Earlier this week, Remin University scholar Jin Canrong ignited global sensation, claiming that the People’s Liberation Army had used directed-energy weapons to evict Indian troops from positions they had captured on the south bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The Indian government—and Twitter—dismissed his assertion, insisting they were mere propaganda.

Like the legend of Talos, the microwave-beam claims might well be pure fantasy, but it’s a fantasy Indian defence planners ought to be paying close attention to.

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