June 2020 News

Ladakh Includes Gilgit-Baltistan And Aksai Chin, Says Ram Madhav

24 June 2020
The Week

New Delhi: Even as India and China are holding talks to defuse the tension on the border triggered by the Galwan Valley violence, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday made a significant statement in which he reiterated India's claim to Akasi Chin. Speaking at an event organised by RSS mouthpiece Organiser, Madhav said: 'Our claim is not just the LAC. Our claim goes beyond that. When it comes to J&K, it includes PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and when it comes to the UT of Ladakh, it includes Gilgit-Baltistan and Aksai Chin.' He said the solution to the present standoff is actively engaging with China both diplomatically and militarily. India's assertiveness on its side of the LAC (Line of Actual Control) is required to 'protect its self respect', Madhav said, adding that the country will have to defend its land till the last inch. While stressing that India does not want to wage a war against China, the BJP leader admitted that China, as we see today, is more aggressive. But an aggressive China today is the result of an assertive India, he argued. 'Be it Rajiv Gandhi in 1988, Narasimha Rao in 1993 or Deve Gowda or the UPA government, all tried to make peace with China only to be betrayed by the dragon,' he said, adding that the neighbouring country, by nature, never wanted to settle a border dispute. Twenty Indian soldiers were martyred in an unprecedented brawl with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley on June 15. The clash, which also resulted in several casualties on the Chinese side, had heightened the tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Following the Galwana Valley incident, New Delhi has given the armed forces 'full freedom' to give a 'befitting' response to any Chinese misadventure along the 3,500-km de-facto border. The Army has sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the border in the last one week. The IAF has also moved a sizable number of its frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters to several key air bases, including Leh and Srinagar, following the clashes. The two armies were engaged in a standoff in Galwan and several other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5 when their troops clashed on the banks of the Pangong Tso.