South Asia and Beyond

Commanding The Tawang Heights: Assam Hill To Bum La

The significance of India controlling the heights of Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh against the China threat

Tawang Sector: In our series, ‘Along The China Front: Commanding The Tawang Heights’, Part III, we resume our journey at Se La, onwards to Tawang and, upwards to the Line of Actual Control-LAC- at the Tibet border in Arunachal Pradesh. Firstly, we visit the Indian Army’s Assam Hill post. Additionally, we pay our respects at the Subedar Joginder Singh (Param Vir Chakra) Memorial. Then we visit the famous Bum La.  During this episode, a StratNews Global team of Amitabh P. Revi and Rohit Pandita documents the challenges India faces in terms of terrain and altitude in comparison to Chinese forces in the Tibetan plateau. At the same time, we highlight the critical, strategic value of Tawang, the Chinese Communist Party’s fabricated claims on the region, false narratives, and the lessons from the past for the present and future.

Editor’s Note: This episode was first aired on June 16, 2023, and reached 100,000+ views on March 27, 2024.

Along The China Front: Commanding The Tawang Heights Series

Firstly, in Part I: Crossing The Sela Heights: The Roads To Tawang, Much Light At The End Of Game-changing Tunnels we cross the now-open Se La tunnel.
Editor’s Note: First aired in June 2023. As a matter of fact, the episode hit 400,000+ views on March 25, 2024.

After that in Episode II, we speak to Major General Charanjeev Manju, then General Officer Commanding at length. He makes another key point, telling us, “LAC Visits Of Senior PLA Officers Have Increased, Our Eyes Are Exactly Where They Need To Be”

The Guns Of Kyapho & PTSO. In Part IV, we travel from Tawang to the Kyapho model border post along the Tibet border and the Pankang Teng Tso or PTSO Lake area. We get a glimpse of the Indian Army’s artillery firepower at these altitudes.

Editor’s Note: This episode premiered on June 30, 2023, and hit 200,000+ views on March 15, 2024.

Finally, in Part V we report from  Yangtse on How India Beat Back PLA Incursions & Where The Army Looks Down On Chinese Positions
Editor’s Note: First aired July 7, 2023. On March 10, 2024, this episode has 100,000+ views.

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Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.