South Asia and Beyond

The Himalayan Frontier: Ground Reports From Ladakh – Teaser

The Himalayan Frontier: documenting the China and Pakistan two-front threat. A series of ground reports and interviews with the Chiefs of the Army Staff, Air Force, and Border Roads Organisations (BRO) on all three military service operations in Eastern Ladakh and Siachen. Only on StratNews Global. Our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Nitin Gokhale interviews General Manoj Pande, the Chief of the Army Staff, Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, the Chief of the Air Staff, Indian Air Force (IAF), and Lt General Upendra Dwivedi, the then Northern Army Commander, who took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff in February 2024. A StratNews team of Amitabh P. Revi, Rohit Pandita, and Karan Marwaha also travels during the fourth winter of India’s forward deployment post-Xi Jinping’s aggression that led to the deadly Galwan clashes in 2020 to get you a series of ground reports on a crucial road link to Leh-a third axis, the Nimu-Padam-Darcha(NPD) road, an exclusive interview with Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan, the Director General of the Border Roads Organisation, film at the IAF, Air Force Station Leh, interview the Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore D.S. Handa, report from Siachen and other places in Eastern Ladakh in this The Himalayan Frontier series.

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In earlier episodes of The Himalayan Frontier series, in Part VI, we interview Air Commodore D.S.Handa, AOC of the Indian Air Force’s AFS, Leh on how the IAF is dealing with the two-front China and Pakistan threat in Ladakh. SNG’s team documents its journey to Leh on the strategic third, alternate axis—the Darcha-Padam-Nimu (NPD) Road, in episode III and episode IV. The route provides critical connectivity. In episode V, Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan, the DG, BRO in an interview on the frozen Zanskar River Chadar Trail at Chiling near Leh in Ladakh notes “The impetus for connectivity has over the last five or six years been a surge in what we are planning to do and are doing in Ladakh”. In part II of this series, the Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Pande tells StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale in an exclusive interview, that talks with China are continuing at both military and diplomatic levels but India is maintaining a robust posture along the LAC. Then Northern Army Commander, now Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen. Upendra Dwivedi also tells Nitin Gokhale in Part I, that the “situation is stable but sensitive and not normal”.


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.