Celebrated Galwan hero, Indian Army Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei, who was seen leading his men upfront in a recent footage of a violent face-off in Galwan Valley, has been criticized by the Chinese media as a Naga tribesmen “who showcase their warfare prowess to integrate into the mainstream society of India.”
A story titled Galwan video shows rotten extremes of Indian nationalism, by Chinese state media Global Times on last year’s Galwan Valley clash, slammed the felicitation of Captain Rangnamei by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and accused Rangnamei of initiating the fight.
The article states: “Rangnamei is from one of the Naga tribes, an ethnic group native to northeastern India and northwestern Myanmar. In order to integrate into the mainstream society of India, they often showcase their warfare prowess with acts. In the video, it can be clearly seen that Rangnamei and Indian soldiers were forcibly crossing the river and charging ahead. Qi and PLA soldiers were clearly stopping them in the river. The river is usually the demarcation of the border, or line of actual control. The video is solid evidence that the Indian army was destroying peace on the border area and trying to change the status quo there.”
When the Chinese government recently published the purported footage of a violent face-off in Galwan Valley, the young Indian Army officer was seen leading his men upfront, confronting China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops for the safety and security of the nation. 24-year-old Captain Rangnamei is from Manipur’s Senapati district.
“The Indian side’s awarding of Rangnamei has encouraged the Indian army to be reckless. If Indian side promotes such an ideology, it will put the country at long-term risks,” the article states.
Authored by the publication’s editor-in-chief, the article further states: “At least 20 Indian soldiers died during the Galwan Valley clash, far more than China’s loss. While Indian society boasts with pride, deep down it actually feels frustrated about its army’s inabilities.”
Earlier, the chief minister had lauded the bravery of Captain Rangnamei for leading his men during the clash against Chinese troops last year.
“Meet Capp Soiba Maningba Rangnamei from Senapati district, Manipur of 16-Bihar regiment, leading his men in Galwan during the confrontation against the Chinese PLA (People’s Liberation Army). The valour you have shown while standing up for the Nation has made all of us proud,” Singh had tweeted.