“Tell them, for their tomorrow, we gave up our today”
The Indian Armed Forces consisting of the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, together shield nearly 1.24 billion people. From the freezing heights of the Himalayan region to high tides of Indian Ocean, from the dense forests of North-Eastern India to the humid deserts of Rajasthan, from war to calamities, earthquakes to tsunamis, an unbreakable line of men known as the Indian Army stand from the first to the last.
CashKaro salutes the spirit of the world’s second largest army and brings you the list of the most challenging places where our armed forces are serving.
1.Siachen (Ladakh): At 22, 000 feet above the sea level and -60 degree temperature, lies the world’s highest and the most frigid battlefield, Siachen Glacier, guarded by 3,000 Indian soldiers. 2, 000 soldiers have lost their life till date due to extreme unfavorable living conditions at Siachen.
2.LOC (Line of Control)- Known as Asia’s Berlin Wall, LOC is the de facto border between India and Pakistan, spread across Gilgit-Baltistan to Dras. It’s like a shower of bullets, mortars and artillery shelling all the time at LOC. India and Pakistan fought the Kargil War over the LOC which claimed the death of nearly 500 Indian Soldiers.
3.The Thar Desert: Known as the land of the dead, Thar Desert forms the International boundary between India & Pakistan spread within Rajasthan. Temperature during summer crosses 120 degree Celsius. It was a major battleground during the war of 1965 and 1971. Three lakh Indian soldiers guard the Thar Desert.
4.Dense Assam Forests: You cannot see a bullet coming through the dense forests of Assam, nor can one spot the insurgents waiting to attack from behind the bushes. Indian Army is currently safeguarding the entire North East India with over 2 lakhs Indian soldiers posted in these forests.
5.Dantewada: Located in South Chhattisgarh, Dantewada is known as the red capital of India. Extreme centre of Naxalites-Maoist insurgency has alone witnessed the death of nearly 1500 security force personals. Indian Security forces at Dantewada have to deal with regular ambushes and land mines.
6.Uttarakhand: 20, 000 people rescued, 2000 plus routine operations, 1 million men from the armed forces worked over days and nights to successfully complete one of the world’s biggest rescue operations ,called Operation Rahat. It was launched in the aftermath of flash floods in Uttarakhand.
7.Farkhor Air Base: Farkhor located in Tajikistan is India’s first and only international military base. Indian Air force has stationed a squadron of MIG 29 aircraft at Farkhor. Located on a very strategic location, Indian Air Force safeguards India’s Interest in the entire central Asia region through Farkhor Air Base.
8.Afghanistan: It is known as the world’s most dangerous place with bomb attacks on embassies and hotels are a common incident. Indian Army is posted in Afghanistan to safeguard the development works carried out by Indian companies and agencies. India is also building its second International air force base in Afghanistan.
9.Blue Oceans: The Indian Blue Water Navy Maritime operates across the deep stretch of waters in the open oceans. Indian Navy has increased its presence in the disputed South and East China Sea, Strait of Malacca, Africa and the Persian Gulf. Indian Navy is also the first naval force to reach both the North and the South Pole.
10.Antarctica Post: 98% covered with ice, temperature -90 degree Celsius, Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent. Indian Army is responsible for the logistics and expedition support to India’s research centre ‘Maitri’ located in the South Pole.