Notebooks instead of arms. Indian soldiers will join the language classes soon as obedient students.As observers warn of another Doklam-like standoff showdown, Indian security forces are leaving no stones unturned to stand tall in front of Chinese troops. Along with taking necessary steps to strengthen the army along the the Indo-Tibetan are now working on overcoming the biggest barrier: language. They are now learning Mandarin to break language barriers.
Indian and Chinese soldiers cross each other’s path very frequently while patrolling the 3,400km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).Unfortunately, Indian army is often at a disadvantageous position when it comes to monitoring and keeping an eye on communication of Chinese troops.So, it seems Indian Army has decided to eliminate this disadvantage and to stand tall in front of Chinese soldiers.
As per the latest reports, Nearly 25 jawans and officials of the ITBP will take up a one-year certificate course in the Chinese language at the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen district.The course training will commence in July 2018.Two ITBP inspectors and two jawans have already completed the year-long course and are currently posted at the border.
According to the Registrar of the Sanchi University,Rajesh Gupta,learning Mandarin would greatly help the Indo-Tibetan Border Police to deal with the Chinese-speaking people along the border.”Our course is designed as per the needs of the ITBP. Besides learning the Chinese language, the course also provides them an insight into the Buddhism religion,” he said.
Another Indian university, the Visva-Bharati University, also started offering Chinese courses for Indian soldiers in 2017, with 25 soldiers admitted to the course last year.
A section of the Chinese army is also expert in speaking Hindi. We became aware of this fact a year ago, when the Chinese soldiers entered into Arunachal province for a couple of hours. At that time, the Chinese soldeiers spoke in Hindi language only. If the Chinese army can do it, why can’t we? – this seems to be the main idea behind the learning Chinese language by Indian army.