“The people and the Indian Army will never fall back no matter how many times the Chinese lay claim over the state,” said Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday dismissing China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh.
Khandu said that “This is not 1962 but 2020, and things are different now. Right from Jammu & Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, we are fully prepared, and if time desires the people of Arunachal will not hesitate to stand behind the Indian Army.”
The chief minister who was at Topengla, close by, Bum La, a border pass near the Indo-Tibet border to pay tributes to Param Vir Chakra Subedar Joginder Singh on his 58th death anniversary said the development of infrastructure along the border areas of the country has received a major thrust under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The development of border areas, especially roads, is important and the same is under full force in the state. We will soon witness several such infrastructure developments in the state,” said Khandu.
The chief minister on the day also recalled the supreme sacrifice of Subedar Singh (PVC) who laid down his life fighting the Chinese army in the 1962 Indo-Chinese war.
“Fighting against all odds, Subedar Singh (PVC) attained martyrdom on this day at the battle of the IB Ridge. The people of Arunachal salute his bravery and shall always remember the supreme sacrifice he made for the nation,” said Khandu.
Singh, a Subedar of the 1st battalion of the Sikh Regiment was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military gallantry award in 1962.
During the 1962 Indo-Sino war, Singh was commanding a platoon at the Bum La Pass in the then North-East Frontier Agency (now Arunachal Pradesh).
Though heavily outnumbered, he led his troops against a Chinese assault and defended his post until he was wounded and captured.
Singh who died from his injuries while in Chinese custody is believed to have single-handedly killed several Chinese soldiers.
Meanwhile, the day also saw Kulwant Kaur, Subedar Singh’s daughter inaugurate a newly built war memorial in her father’s name.
The memorial has been constructed by the Arunachal Pradesh government below the famous IB Ridge to commemorate Singh’s heroic defense against China’s People’s Liberation Army.
Legislators Tsering Tashi, Phurpa Tsering, Jambey Tashi, and several top officers of the Indian Army were present on the occasion.