President of India Ram Nath Kovind, visited Siachen Base Camp today (May 10, 2018) and addressed the soldiers posted there
He also visited the Kumar Post. President Kovind is the second President of India to visit Siachen.
The previous visit was undertaken by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in April 2004. This makes President Kovind the first President to travel to Siachen in 14 years.
The President noted that Siachen is the world’s highest battlefield and it is difficult to live even a normal life in the extreme climate.
He said i such a situation, it is extraordinary for soldiers to stay in a state of constant mobilisation and combat readiness.
The President also paid respect at the Siachen War Memorial.
Memorial is a symbol of the sacrifice of 11,000 soldiers and officers who have been martyred since the Indian Army began Operation Meghdoot on the Siachen Glacier on April 13, 1984.