It was all fun, songs and dance at the Line of Actual Control ( LAC) by the Indian and Chinese troops as the Indian Republic day was celebrated at Chishul in Ladakh sector on Tuesday in the revived spirit of confidence building measures after a period of bitterness last year.
Indian and Chinese troops saluted the Indian tricolor at Chishul, headquarters of Chishul Eagles . They were received by Brigadier Y K Joshi and after the formal reception the visitors were treated to Indian music and food , all in the spirit of bonhomie on the borderline.
The occasion was marked with exchange of greetings and gifts , according to a spokesman of the Northern Command.
Last year, there were incidents of intrusions, which the Indian army calls, transgressions at the LAC,. A Chinese chopper too had landed in the Indian territory in Cunur area, about 200 km east of Leh.
There are six such scheduled meetings in a year – going by the spirit of the Peace and Tranquility Agreement of 1993 and Confidence Building Measures in 1996. these meetings are aimed at maintaining peace on the LAC.
In the formal meeting held in atmosphere of mutual trust and camaraderie, greetings were exchanged by both the sides. Also both sides agreed to join hands in contributing to peace, stability and development of the region in consonance with Border Peace and Tranquility Agreements.
“The friendly interactions between the two forces have played a significant role in promoting and strengthening bonds of friendship, mutual trust and confidence between the two armies,” the spokesman said.
The year of 2010 is also being celebrated by both nations to commemorate sixty years of diplomatic relations between both the countries.
This year has also gained importance for the Trishul Division which has been interacting with Chinese as it celebrates its golden jubilee of raising.
This Division has been the sentinel of Ladakh since its raising on 29 Mar 1960 and has had the distinction of being commanded by two Chiefs of Army Staff namely Gen TN Raina, MVC and Gen KV Krishna Rao.
“The formation despite the vagaries of weather and altitude has maintained a strict vigil on the Line of Actual Control protecting the territorial integrity of the nation and at same time has used means of dialogue and negotiations in the forum of flag meetings and Borders Personnel Meetings to resolve various contentious issue for ensuring that peace and tranquility always is maintained in the border areas and the peace process is not sabotaged by any contentious issues”, the spokesman said.