President Ram Nath Kovind Visits the Siachen Army Base Camp
Siachen Glacier: President Ramnath Kovind visited the world’s highest battlefield Siachen on Thursday. It is the second President of the country that visited here. In 2004, then President Abdul Kalam visited the area. Speaking to the soldiers, Kovind said that the unparalleled bravery of the jawans serving in Siachen for the last 34 years put the confidence of Indians in our borders. Soldiers and their families have come to say that the Indian government and the people are behind it.
Addressing the soldiers, President Kovind said that as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and as the President of India, he has come among them carrying the gratitude of the entire country. They were invited to come to Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kovind also visited Kumar’s post near the Siachen base camp. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat along with President, Lieutenant General D. Anubu, other army commanders. Temperatures drop below minus 52 degrees Celsius in Jammu and Kashmir at 2,000 feet.
The President said he had come to Siachen to iterate to the troops posted here that all citizens of India and the Government of India were always with them and supportive of their families. The President also paid his respects at the Siachen War Memorial, which is a symbol of the sacrifice of 11,000 soldiers and officers who have been martyred since the Indian Army began Operation Meghdoot on the Siachen Glacier on April 13, 1984.
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