GUWAHATI, June 22 - After facing stiff resistance from the Indian Army in Dokalam and Ladakh, the Chinese must have realized that the Indian Army is a strong one backed by a strong Government and they cannot bully India any more. This was the observation of Lt Gen (Retd) PK Bharali, former Director General of the Army Aviation Corps.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Lt Gen Bharali said that the possibility of the Chinese creating trouble in other parts along the Line of Actual Control cannot be ruled out, but it is sure that if they try any mischief, they would face a strong resistance.
Lt Gen Bharali said that the Indian Army is a battle hardened one and after the Kargil war, the Army personnel have learnt a lesson and �they are never complacent and they never lower their guards. He pointed out that over the years, the Army personnel have been fighting a proxy war with Pakistan, while, the Army personnel are also fighting terrorists and insurgents in different parts of the country including North East. He said that Indian army troops have also been going on UN Peace Keeping missions for years. All these have made the Army a battle hardened and disciplined force and the Chinese cannot bully India.
Lt Gen Bharali further pointed out that the competition to get into the Army now is very tough and all the personnel are motivated ones. On the other hand, China has not fought a war for four decades and after the neighbouring country started the one child rule, their children are pampered lot. That is why, it will not be easy for the Chinese to bully the Indian Army, he added.
On the threat perception in the eastern sector following the troubles in Ladakh, Lt Gen Bharali said that so far, there has been no report of any build up across the Line of Control. But he asserted that the Indian Army is fully prepared and capable to deal with any challenge.
Commenting on the face off in Ladakh, Lt Gen Bharali said that the Chinese must have been apprehensive of India�s actions like abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, claims over the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Gilgit, Balochistan and Aksai Chin.
But the Chinese attempt to create trouble misfired badly and they faced stiff resistance from the Indian troops. He said that the road being constructed in the Galwan valley by India is not a new one and only steps have been taken to improve the condition of the road. However, he expressed the view that the present situation would not lead to a full scale war as there are indications that the situation would be defused.
On the ground situation in the eastern sector, Lt Gen Bharali said that though the Chinese have been claiming that Tawang was a part of Tibet, which is now under China, the Indian troops are in a comfortable position in the Kameng sector to thwart any mischief by the Chinese. However, at the same time, he said that in eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, there is need for improving infrastructure. He pointed out that India is lagging behind in infrastructure development in that area because of the terrain. He said that in the Indian side, rugged terrain was delaying construction of roads right up to the Line of Actual Control, while, heavy rainfall during the monsoon season is another problem. On the other side of the Line of Actual Control, there is a plateau and the Chinese could build roads right up to the border.