Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already arrived to the Valley state of India for a two-day visit, during which she will review security conditions in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as at the LoC and LAC in Ladakh region.
India’s first female Defence Minister appointed full-time and second to take the position – Nirmala Sitharaman is on her first trip to country’s most sensitive and militarily active region – Jammu and Kashmir. Accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Sitharaman reached Kashmir yesterday and will be reviewing preparedness of the soldiers on borders and security in the hinterland. In her maiden visit, she straightaway went to Kupwara sector in north Kashmir for an on-ground assessment of the situation along the LoC.
Sitharaman will be visiting forward posts on the line of control (LoC) in the Valley, the line of actual control (LAC) between India and China in the Ladakh region and the Siachen Glacier – world’s highest battle field at an altitude 5,400 metres during the visit. Senior army officials will brief the defence minister about the overall situation in the Valley, including counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations, upon her return from Kupwara. She will also look into anti-military operations that have taken a heavy toll of militants lately.
She will also be visiting the base camp at Saichen Base or might go on an aerial tour of the glacier which is known as the highest battlefield in whole world. Reviewing the security in Kashmir is a significant yet predictable step from the newly appointed defence minister. With her experience and her knowledge, she is expected to handle her responsibilities flawlessly, because there is no scope for flaws when it comes to defence ministry of any country. One decision can land the country into serious international disputes and it can also solve major issues with other countries – it is no cakewalk being defence minister, especially of a vast country like India is.