South Asia and Beyond

India-China Border Dispute & Pakistan Threat: Infra Thrust To Ladakh-Teaser 3

The India and China Border Dispute and the Pakistan Threat in Ladakh: Don’t Miss part III of our series ‘The Himalayan Frontier’, premiering on January 19, 2024. We document India’s infrastructural push in Eastern Ladakh to deal with Xi Jinping’s aggression in the border dispute along the China-occupied Tibet border or the LAC. Alternate axes are significant in also dealing with the Pakistani second front in Siachen and from POJK. This is the fourth winter that India has an advanced frontier posture following the Galwan clashes in 2020. In this episode, we travel from Manali, through the Atal Tunnel under the Rohtang Pass and drive on the Darcha-Padam-Nimmu (NPD) road to Leh. This is a crucial third axis to Leh that will ensure all-weather connectivity for India’s military and civilians, even when up to fifteen foot high snow walls usually close passes as high as 17,000+ feet for months in the winter. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is the nodal agency for this infrastructural push and we travel with their personnel to understand their engineering achievements through bone-chilling alpine altitudes, how they drill through mountain ranges, lay bridges across fast-moving rivers and the challenges at these heights, temperatures and topographies.

The StratNews Global team of Amitabh P. Revi, Rohit Pandita, and Karan Marwaha travel from Himachal Pradesh’s ranges through the frozen desert of Eastern Ladakh to bring you this series of ground reports on the India and China Border Dispute and the Pakistan Threat in Ladakh. This series has ground reports of BRO infrastructure projects, key Indian Air Force bases and Indian Army operations in Eastern Ladakh and Siachen. It also has exclusive interviews with the Indian Army Chief, the former Northern Army Commander, who took over as the Vice Chief in February 2024, the Indian Air Force Chief and the Director General of the BRO.

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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.