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A BRIEF HISTORY OF RED DRAGON DANCES AT LADAKH

ByPratysha Mukherjee

Jun 15, 2022

DEAR COUNTRYMEN,

LET US REMEMBER THAT FATEFUL INCIDENT OF GALWAN CLASH ONCE AGAIN WITH A HEAVY HEART !WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE CHINA ,WE WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR BRUTALITY.


WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DARK NIGHT OF JUNE 15 , 2020 AT EAST LADAKH’S  GALWAN VALLEY ?


At a  height of nearly 4,300m (14,000 ft) in steep terrain , lack of oxygen , sub – zero temperature , fast flowing Galwan river , rocky and icy region , narrow way and deep gorge.


Ugly Chinese troops hit bare handed  Indian soldiers in a fatal clash with nailed iron rods , clubbed with barbed wires , some of them fell down in almost frozen Galwan river , profusely bleeding and slowly drowning to death under the chilled  river water. How cruel , bleak and  painful death that might have been !

Photo : Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, MVC


20 brave Indian soldiers lost their lives fighting for us, and our motherland valiantly till their last breath.


Notably, those were  the first combat fatalities in 47 years along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between two nuclear powers.


It is unfortunate that China never honours LAC,they had broken the ceasefire without any provocation from Indian side and killed our soldiers, which is not at all desirable.


A long awaited permanent solution is required now and both the countries  should take necessary initiative in that direction. We can’t afford a single casualty on either Radcliffe Line or McMahon Line  or any other Border , neither Land nor Ocean . So, the sacrifice of the brave souls should not be allowed to go in vain and we should not backtrack. Let china not get away with it.


Do remember, they who lost their lives, were fathers who left behind their  daughters and sons, parents who lost their children, wives who lost their husbands ! They are not just numbers, they are like YOU and ME. 


According to me, It’s a barbarism and cowardly attack by Chinese soldiers on  our unarmed men. As an Indian, my blood boiled from that day and my heart  cried when coffins  were coming  from Ladakh one by one. If 135 crore Indians start thinking seriously of giving  a befitting reply against this cowardly attack of Chinese troops, then China will have to  think twice before repeating such incidents in future. So, have trust in your Armed Forces.


Protecting our sovereignty is not the duty of our soldiers only and all the fellow Indians should raise their voice against such cowardly attitude of this neighbouring country. A few days back Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said “India is a peace-loving nation, but will give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye.”

My heartfelt tribute to all  those bravehearts of Bihar Regiment whose supreme sacrifice , passion and devotion for protecting the Indian borders dragged them to death.


Working for a western media, we are not allowed to write everything everywhere but as a Journalist I consider it to be my duty to apprise my fellow Indians of what happened that black night two years back.

(PRATYUSHA MUKHERJEE, a senior Journalist of Kolkata. In her illustrated career she has covered many major events and achieved International and National media awards for Journalism)

Pic credit: Indian Army

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