Pay Zero to Blow Your Mind in the World, How to Work in Snow

This picture belongs to Ladakh, part of Kashmir in the Himalayas. You can see soldiers of Indian Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). They are naked till their pants, undergoing their daily drill/exercise in the snow-covered field. The temperature remains minus twenty at 14000 feet high terrain. Their PRO explained that in winters the mercury would dip to minus 40. Ordinary folks can not breathe in that cold weather but to keep them fit and sturdy, the men have to undertake this robust measure on a daily basis. At that height, the force has to go through their Yoga and Meditation practice as well. Due to insufficient oxygen and less atmospheric pressure, the possibility of falling sick is a constant danger they have to fight. In the prevailing circumstances, the policemen have to take the daily physical dose and Yoga to keep mental equipoise, for guaranteeing the protection of the boundaries of India and for affairs correlated in addition to that.

Photo source: Dainik Bhaskar

The force got raised in the aftermath of the Sino-Indian War on 24th October 1962. The border police have the primary duty to watch and keep the borders safe along the China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region. Their strength has risen to about 100,000 The ITBP is prepared in Civil Medical Camp,  emergency management, and nuclear physiological and chemical accidents. ITBP employees have been stationed overseas in UN peacekeeping missions in former Yugoslavia that split into Bosnia, Kosovo and Herzegovina, also in Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Sudan Afganistan and in good demand elsewhere. At least two Battalions are standby for the National Disaster Response Force.

The training management, formed under the close direction of IPS and executed on the ground of the rank of the DIG. The training DIG is notably requiring both psychologically and bodily, needing unusual background. The occupancy of the organisation along the Indo China border keeps watching along the notably steep high altitude frontier area. The troops of the force maintain a careful lookout for any infringement of the frontier, trans-border importation, and provides a sense of protection to the remotely inhabited confined villages. The height where the troops get stationed reach up to 18800 feet, and the temperature nosedives to minus 30 degrees throughout winter with snowfall of over ten feet.

The force is compatible with experience and dare-devilry and has tried infinite mountaineering excursions. Its skiers have been national guardians, who have played winter Olympics. Its stream rafters have created global history in rafting throughout the raging white waters of the majestic Brahmaputra, the Indus plus the Ganges. The Force has produced a milestone by converting the first Central Para Military Force to grasp up the Best Marching Contingent Trophy in the annual Republic Day parades in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2011. It cut new ground in 1998 when it shipped the first ever police scene of the country to join in the Republic Day Parade. ITBP is in the lead of progress for the conservation of Himalayan ecosystem and environment. ITBP has captured up in a significant way the task of greening the Himalayan territories primarily in Inner Himalayas. Being the only rational presence in areas adjacent to China border, it has carried on itself the responsibility of managing the sensitive equilibrium of flora and fauna.

ITBP stationed in the mountains has developed the expertise in saving and relief services in mounts, which require different specific skills of the very exceptional standard. It is always first in providing saving and assistance in case of natural catastrophe. ITBP conducts a large number of public engagement presentations in isolated border and subversive affected stretches to give free and skilful preventive, fitness and hygiene care to the civilian community in outlying settlements.

Harinder

Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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