Amid the ongoing crisis with China along the borders, President Ramnath Kovind on Monday presented his colours to all five battalions of the Ladakh Scouts.
The Ladakh Scouts is a regiment comprising of men from the high and treacherous mountain ranges from the Ladakh region. On the momentous occasion for the Regiment, AajTak interacted with the legends of the unit including Mahavir Chakra awardee Sonam Wangchuk of the Kargil War and Ashok Chakra awardee Tshering Mutup who won his gallantry award in Siachen operations.
“We had performed our role perfectly during the Kargil war and driven them away from our land in 1999. If, today, again we are required to do so, we will again do it against any enemy on any border,” Wangchuk said when asked about the situation on the borders with China and reports of their incursion in parts of Ladakh.
As our team interacted with the bravehearts, the troops expressed their joy over getting the Presidential colours from their new Supreme Commander on his maiden visit outside the national capital.
WHAT IS LADAKH SCOUTS?
Mutup, who every year takes part in the Republic Day parade as retired recipient of country’s highest gallantry awards, also said that even if required to fight a war now, he would do as his courage and motivation is high. Ladakh Scouts was earlier not the part of the Indian Army, but after their exemplary valour shown during the Kargil war, all the units were included as part of the regular army. Due to rising tensions with China along the over 4,000 kilometer-long the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian forces seem to be prepared for taking on any challenge in this mountainous land. Recently, the tensions and worries about skirmishes between the two Asian giants rose after the Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a scuffle near the Pangong lake when the Chinese tried to enter into the Indian side of the lake.