Rajnath Singh escorts a 1962 Indochina War veteran to the Rezang La War Memorial. WATCH VIDEO
New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday unveiled a renovated war memorial in Rezang La in eastern Ladakh, the site of an epic battle at an altitude of 18,000 feet where more than 100 Indian soldiers inflicted heavy losses to the Chinese army 59 years ago, showing indomitable courage and bravery.Read also – Attack on the Manipur convoy: the perpetrators will soon be brought to justice, according to Rajnath Singh
The Minister of Defense also escorted Brigadier (ret’d) RV Jatar, a 1962 war veteran, to the site. A video of the event shared by PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defense, showed Rajnath Singh pushing Brigadier Jatar’s wheelchair. Read also – Amit Shah turns 57. PM Modi, Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda wish their birthday
#LOOK | Leh, Ladakh: Brigadier (ret’d) RV Jatar of 13 Kumaon, who fought bravely in the Sino-Indian conflict of 1962, escorted by Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh: PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defense
(Source: PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defense) pic.twitter.com/6bXg7qeEpE
– ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2021
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Rajnath Singh said in a tweet that he was delighted to meet the military veteran and wished him long life.
âI am fortunate to have the opportunity today to meet Brigadier (Retired) RV Jatar, who bravely fought in Rezang La. He was the company commander at the time. I am overwhelmed by the feeling of respect for him and I salute his courage. May God keep him healthy and have a long life, âthe defense minister said in a Hindi tweet.
The Battle of Rezang La is widely regarded as the finest moment for the Indian military in the Indo-Chinese War six decades ago.
Paying homage to fallen heroes, Singh described the monument as an example of the determination and indomitable courage of the Indian military which he said is not “only immortal in the pages of history, but defeats also in our hearts “.
I bow to honor and pay tribute to the 114 brave soldiers who wiped out over 1200 Chinese soldiers (in 1962). This is no small feat. I will continue to come here to pay my respects as long as I am the Minister of Defense: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defense, at Rezang La War Memorial, Leh pic.twitter.com/S0lKxe9ZkV
– ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2021
The Minister of Defense said that âthe Battle of Rezang La is considered one of the 10 most important and difficult military conflicts in the world.
âThe historic battle of Rezang La, fought at an altitude of 18,000 feet, is difficult to imagine even today. Major Shaitan Singh and his comrades fought to “the last bullet and the last breath” and wrote a new chapter of bravery and sacrifice, “he said.
âI salute the 114 Indian soldiers who made supreme sacrifices in the 1962 war after reaching Rezang La, located in the middle of the inaccessible hills of Ladakh,â Singh tweeted.
Honored the brave Indians in Rezang La today. The nation will never forget their courage, their valor and their supreme sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/0k0M2glQhJ
– Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 18, 2021
The Battle of Rezang La began around 4 a.m. on November 18, 1962 and lasted until around 10 p.m. in which time ‘C’ Company of the 13th Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment led by Major Shaitan Singh not only held out but inflicted heavy losses. on the Chinese despite being outnumbered by the opponent.
Major Singh was then posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration.
Defense Minister Singh also met Brigadier (ret’d) RB Jatar who was part of the Battle of Rezang La.
âI am overwhelmed by the feeling of respect for him and I salute his courage. May God keep them healthy and alive for a long time, âSingh said.
The redeveloped war memorial was opened at a time when India and China have been locked in a bitter row of borders in eastern Ladakh for almost a year and a half.
The Indian military had occupied a number of mountain peaks in the Rezang La region in August last year following China’s aggressive posture and its unsuccessful attempt to intimidate Indian troops.
The clash on the eastern border of Ladakh between the Indian and Chinese military erupted on May 5 last year following a violent clash in the Lake Pangong regions and the two sides have gradually stepped up their deployment by making intervene tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.
Tensions escalated following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15 last year.
Following a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process on the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong in February and in the Gogra region in August.
The latest round of military talks on October 10 ended in a stalemate in which both sides blamed each other for the stalemate.
In a firm statement after the 13th round of talks, the Indian military said the “constructive suggestions” it made during the negotiations were neither pleasing to the Chinese side nor that Beijing could provide “forward-looking proposals” “.
Each camp currently has approximately 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Actual Line of Control (LAC) in the sensitive area.