By visiting Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a very clear signal that India is ready to escalate the cost on China for its “misadventurism” and that the armed forces are adopting a firm approach in defending the country’s territories, strategic affairs experts said on Saturday.
They also said that China is increasingly getting isolated internationally for its aggressive military posturing in Ladakh, South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, and time has come for India to take advantage of the situation.
Hailing Modi’s visit to Ladakh, former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen (retd) Subrata Saha said the “loudest message” from the visit was that India is not going to back-off in eastern Ladakh and that it will handle the situation with a “firm hand”.
He also talked about Modi paying glowing tributes to 20 Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clashes and sought to contrast it with China’s refusal to even acknowledge its military casualties.
“On the Indian side, we have the prime minister going there, literally close to the ground zero, and praise the valiant sacrifice of 20 bravehearts at Galwan and just compare it to the Chinese side. They have not even acknowledged their casualties. Imagine the impact it could have on the minds of a Chinese soldier,” Saha said.
Strategic affairs expert Dr Laxman Behera said by visiting Ladakh, Modi sent a very clear message to China that India is “resolute and firm” in defending its borders and that it is ready to escalate the cost on China for its “misadventurism”.
“The prime minister sent a very clear and unequivocal message to China at a time India is getting lot of international support on the border row. China is being marginalised.