PM’s surprise visit to Ladakh, ahead of CDS and Raksha Mantri


New Delhi: Days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in East Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Leh with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.

Modi reached Leh around 9.30 am, sources said.

The prime minister is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu and is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP, official sources said.

Located at 11,000 feet, Nimu is among the toughest terrains, on the banks of river Indus and surrounded by the Zanskar range.

What surprised many is that while the Defence Minister Rajnath’s schedule to visit today was however, rescheduled to later date and the news reports claimed of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin’s visit to frontline areas, the PM’s decision to fly ahead of them.

Many analysts also see PM’s visit seen as not only a morale booster to the armed forces guarding the borders, but clear intent to send a clear message to both adversaries – China as well India.

Modi indeed made it clear to the nation that the 20 jawans, who martyred during a physical fight with Chinese troops, will not go in vain.  Without mincing words, he also told the nation that India wants peace with its neighbors, but if provoked, it will not hesitate to give a befitting reply.

While, his government intensified commanders’ meeting with China, besides through diplomatic channels, yet a conscious decision was also taken to cut trade by banning 59 Apps of the rogue nation as well a multi-crore railway project.