The Indian Army has won not only wars but also our hearts too. Life of an Indian Army personnel is not easy. And being selfless is even harder. That’s what makes them extraordinary. They risk their lives just to ensure that we, the citizens go to sleep peacefully. Thanks to them we are able to enjoy all the perks of our lives. While we have a peaceful sleep they stay awake all night guarding our borders. We are safe because they are guarding at the borders fighting terrorism and illegal immigration, come hail or storm. They guard our country’s borders at the Siachen Glacier, highest battlefield in the world, at a temperature of -50 degrees as well as at Rajasthan where the temperature is over 50 degrees.
On the occasion of Army Day, here’s a look at some of the dangerous postings of the Indian Army.
Siachen – World’s Highest Battlefield
Yes, the world’s highest battlefield has a temperature as low as -50 degrees and has only 10 per cent oxygen. The place remains the centre of the argument for India and Pakistan. The Indian Army holds the area at the height while the Pakistani Army holds the low areas around Siachen. The soldiers posted their not just have to face physical problems but also other health issues like memory loss, sleeping disorder and weight loss, among others. Fresh food is a luxury at Siachen. Instead of the killing weather and pathetic way of life at Siachen, the passion of soldiers to guard the Siachen borders and serve the country remains intact. Prior to the Army personnel’s deployment, soldiers undergo a special training camp to help them to acclimatise to the conditions in the area.
Dras – Jammu & Kashmir
Dras is the coldest inhabited place in India and the second coldest in the world. The place came into limelight after Pakistan Army’s incursions leading to the Kargil War, witnessing the death of over 500 Indian Army jawans. It is one of the most volatile borders in the world. The army personnel posted has to battle harsh weather conditions.
Dantewada – Chhattisgarh
Also known as the Naxalite hotbed, Dantewada is located in South Chhattisgarh. In April 2010, 76 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in an attack by Naxals, almost wiping out CRPF’s 82nd battalion. After the attack, the Naxals looted the weapons. Post the attack, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC). In October 2018, Doordarshan News cameraperson Achyutananda Sahu and two other policemen were killed after they were attacked by a group of Naxals.
Thar Desert, Rajasthan
Located in the Thar Desert, the Indo-Pakistan border is the longest border with 1,040 km in length and guarded by over 3 lakh Indian soldiers. The temperature here goes as high as 50 degree Celsius. Apart from guarding the border in the extreme heat, the soldiers have to face sandstorms and strong winds.
Arunachal Pradesh – Indian – China border
Tawang remains one of the dangerous postings in the country because of the constant clashes between India and China over the latter’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh. Most parts of the state are sparsely populated and lack proper connectivity. The varying weather conditions add to the issues. The area has a huge presence of Indian Army personnel. To settle the border dispute, Beijing had made three different offers. One is the package deal stating both the countries recognize the status quo on both fronts – Chinese occupation of Aksai Chin and Indian sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh.