Siachen Day 2024 observed

Siachen Day 2024 observed

Context: Siachen Day, observed on April 13, honors the courage and sacrifice of the Indian Army soldiers stationed at the Siachen Glacier, known as the worlds highest battlefield.

o Siachen Day is observed on April 13 each year to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Indian Army soldiers stationed at the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world.
o Operation Meghdoot was launched on April 13, 1984, to secure the Siachen Glacier, strategically located near the Indo-Pak Line of Control. This operation preempted Pakistans plans to occupy the glacier.
o The Siachen Glaciers location in the Karakoram range holds strategic importance as it borders both Pakistan and China, leading to a dispute over ownership due to unclear demarcation.
o The conflict over Siachen began post-partition of India, with both countries asserting presence in this inhospitable region.
o Soldiers deployed in Siachen face extreme challenges including harsh weather conditions, difficult terrain, and altitude sickness. Training at the Siachen Battle School emphasizes survival skills.
o Despite the adversities, soldiers continue to serve in Siachen, symbolizing sacrifice and determination for the Indian Army. Siachen remains a testament to their unwavering commitment and valor.

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