Tuesday, December 7

Indian Army hoists world’s largest National flag in Ladakh

By: Abhijit Ray, Kolkata, India 

Indian Army on Sunday hoisted a 76ft tall flag in Ladakh overlooking the Hanle Valley at an altitude of 15,000 feet. 

Ladakh is the highest plateau in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Much of it is over 3,000 m (9,800 ft) above sea level. It spans the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River valley. 

The Indus is the most important part of Ladakh for its people. 

The Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army hoisted the flag and shared a video of the event on Twitter. The flag was constructed by the Indian Army and the Flag Foundation of India. 

The grand ceremony was held to celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. 

A 1,000 kg handwoven khadi tricolour, the largest in the country, was unfurled atop a high mountain overlooking the Leh valley on Saturday to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti and the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, a defence spokesman said. 

Fire and Fury Corps organised a historic event at Leh Garrison where a monumental national flag was unfurled by Lieutenant Governor R. K. Mathur on a hill feature overlooking the Leh valley, Srinagar-based PRO Defence Col. Emron Musavi said. 

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For more than a year now, Ladakh has been wary of Chinese aggression on the border. This time the Indian Flag flew at an altitude of 15,000 feet, throwing a stern warning at the enemy. The 6-foot-tall Indian flag was hoisted at the Henle base in Ladakh. The flag is a joint venture of the Indian Army Flag Foundation of India. 

The 75th anniversary of independence has begun across the country. The flag hoisting on Sunday is part of the said program. 

One video shows the Indian Army personnel standing in two rows saluting the flag and the National Anthem of India was playing. 

The Indian foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Sringla recently said that the peace situation along the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh has been severely affected.

During this tension which has been going on for almost a year and a half, this time the Indian Army hoisted this flag in Ladakh and gave a strong message to the enemies as well, this is what the informed quarters think. 

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The flag which was unfurled is the largest handwoven and handspun cotton khadi flag ever manufactured in India and it measures 225 feet by 150 feet and weighs 1000 kg.

India and China have been at loggerheads over the border since last year. After several meetings between the two sides, the issue has not been resolved yet. Despite repeated talks between the two countries’ armies, China is still deploying troops along the border. 

The Chinese army removed the temporary camp from Gogra and Hotspring. Last month, Army Chief Manoj Mukunda visited the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh. He says China is still betraying the peace talks. Troops are being deployed again in sensitive areas of Ladakh, and the People’s Liberation Army is stockpiling weapons. 

That is why India is vigilant on the border. This is the world’s largest Khadi national flag, which is 225-feet long and 150-feet wide, has been prepared by the 57 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army. 

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