South Asia and Beyond

Keeping Indian Troops Battle-Ready In Ladakh: The Back Story

NEW DELHI: With the current India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh showing signs of extending into winter, what does the Indian army do by way of preparation at a place where winter could mean temperatures dipping to 40 degrees below freezing point? At the super-high altitudes of Ladakh, winter that’s just around the corner is no less than an enemy. And planning to cater for the troops deployed at those dizzy heights begins well in advance. This year, there’s an additional challenge: the number of troops deployed in eastern Ladakh is thrice the normal. So how is the Indian Army preparing? In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale gives a sense of what goes into making Indian troops battle-ready against all odds.

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