There are some people resides in the country who is mainly born to inspire generation after generation like a young woman lieutenant posted in Tenga, Arunachal Pradesh whose father was a decorated officer in the Indian Army. They know the subtle art of inspiring people in uniform.
Recently a young woman lieutenant in the Indian Army, who posted in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tenga, went on an initiation tour, which took her to a post at Kyapho in the Tawang sector. Ashish Top, the post was named after Ashish Das, who retired as a colonel of the Assam Regiment.
Meanwhile, when this woman lieutenant asked how an army post in Arunachal Pradesh got the name? The answer was nothing less than a surprise for her which left her teary eyes with a proud. Actually, Ashish Das is her own father.
As per reported by Times of India Das said: “I was at home when I received a call from the commanding officer of the unit manning Ashish Top. He introduced himself and described how my daughter had broken down on coming to know that the post was named after me.”
“I may have told my family of our unit’s exploits in that sector in 1986, but my daughter was not even born then,” he added. “Even I came to know about this post being named after me only in 2003, 17 years after we beat back troops of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and occupied the post at 14,000 feet,” he said.
However, at the time of operation a whole infantry brigade was airlifted on Russian-made heavy lift MI-26 helicopters to Zeminthang.
Das further in a talk told TOI, “We had to blast our way through Bum La and reached the Sangetsar lake. The Chinese were sitting just across. Our orders were to hold ground, and we dug in. Every officer must have made 17-20 copies of wills in the intervening days and handed them over to their adjutants. We started to move forward a few days later and also blasted Kya Pho that was snowed in. We did not know that we had crossed the Chinese camp but maintained our position. There were attempts to supply rations by air, but the drops landed inside China. I remember surviving on rats. It was only later that skid boards were designed and rations reached us. A helipad was also constructed. There were firefights every day as we proceeded from one bunker to the next.”
As soon as after the festival of Onam, Das’s party was returning to the base, the Chinese troops started firing on them. And, the battle went for three straight days where they held their position without food.
According to Das told the publication, “There would be heavy firing at night followed by white flares during the day and parleys with the local Chinese political commissar.”
And, finally after this success Indian government decided to move further and converted Arunachal Pradesh into a full-fledged state.