Chinese Army Personnel have also forced development work stopped in border village Koyul in Leh. In a communication to divisional commissioner, Srinagar (Kashmir), the DC Leh wrote on 22nd August, 2012, “work is being executed on the bonafide Indian side and the Chinese have no locus standi on the land which belongs to the people of Koyul. Besides, large chunk of an un-irrigated land to the tune of 400 hectares could be converted into pasture area as most of the nomads are dependent on their live-stocks and their main earning is by sale of raw Pashmina wools'. The letter to DC Srinagar by DC Leh clearly mentions, 'The contractors and the labourers have been reportedly threatened by the Chinese security personnel numbering 15-16 on 12th July, 2012. These Chinese personnel were reportedly carrying weapons with them and asked them to abandon the civil works in progress, although it was an ongoing scheme under BADP.' Why are Manmohan, Khurshid, Anthony and Shinde mum and permitting this? Are they ‘with’ the Chinese or are they too petrified? Can they get rid of their bangles? Is this the reason of getting gaffe expert Shinde to make the statement of ‘no man’s land’ so that no further explanation is required? Is the next step going to be withdrawal from Siachen and eastern Ladakh followed by Arunachal?
The writer is an acknowledged military strategist, having retired after commanding India's most coveted strike Corps and first hand experience of Siachen imbroglio. He is also one of India's highest decorated Generals and, having been a para commando wears many combat wounds, honours and awards.