Not Ready For War
Fifty years after its only defeat, the Indian Army is still unprepared for a battle with its scheming adversary, China.low on equipment and lacking in infrastructure, the bloated war machine is in urgent need of an overhaul.
Fifty years after its first and only defeat, the Indian Army is still unprepared for a battle with its scheming adversary, China.
The Indian Army calls the black-topped road Charlie 1. But after a five-hour drive from Leh when it skirts the breathtakingly beautiful 134 metre-long Pangong Tso lake, Charlie 1 ceases to be a road. It twists and dissolves into a dust trail as soon as it crosses the lake that is split down the centre between India and China. The gravel track races eastwards for a back-breaking 20 km until it meets the Line of Actual Control with China. Here, the difference across the border is stark: concrete all-weather roads which can be used to rush troops and equipment. The lack of infrastructure is evident in the military posture on either side. While the Indian Army actively mans the borders, the Chinese Army is deployed several kilometres away from it.
The two countries have maintained tranquil borders since 1993 as they discuss the contentious 3,350-km boundary dispute. If the PLA were to mount a
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