Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, popularly known as, Colonel Santosh Babu by sacrificing his life at the age of around 37 years as the Commanding Officer of Indian army has proved that a senior officer along with soldiers can make supreme sacrifice for the integrity of the country. Because of sacrifice made by Colonel Babu and other 19 soldiers in the Galwan region, Chinese troops on 6 July 2020 moved back around two kilometres from Patrolling Point 14, the site of the June 15, 2020 clash. Satellite images confirmed Chinese troops had vacated the Galwan areas.
This time leaders of China has understood India is a great power and no longer situation is ‘in 1962’ and that is why they have pulled back. China with 92 percent Han community is dominated by Han leaders whereas India is pluralistic country. Many cases reveal that for simple reason severe punishment is inflicted to the staffs in China. Recently (June 2020) workers from a decorating company in China’s Guizhou province were forced to eat live earthworms after failing to meet their sales target indicating violent nature. Another incident is about the Tiananmen Square protest where student-led demonstrations calling for democracy, free speech and a free press in China were brutally suppressed. Many students were massacred in a bloody crackdown, known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, by the Chinese Government on June 4 and 5, 1989. When I visited China many Chinese persons told me in this regard in whispering voice. Also it is reported that the Chinese Government has detained more than one million Muslims in the concentration camps. Most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained are Uighur Muslims, of Xinjiang region. Human rights organizations, UN officials, and many foreign governments advised China to stop the crackdown.
Colonel Santosh Babu was born in 1982 to Upender (father, retired bank manager) and Manjula (mother) in Suryapet, Telangana and believer of Christianity. Colonel was married to Santoshi and the couple has two children—one daughter and one son both below 10 years of age.
It has to be agreed that Indian soldiers under the leadership of Colonel Santosh Babu has taught a good lesson to the China. According to South China Morning Post, 5 July 2020, “Both sides have instead amassed large numbers of troops and weapons, along the undemarcated border, or the Line of Actual Control, since the largely hand-to-hand brawls on June 15. Along with an undisclosed number of Chinese casualties, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the disputed Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, known in China as Aksai Chin, where the two countries also fought their short but bloody 1962 conflict”. Further, according to Wang Dehua, an expert on India at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies, “In the absence of imminent border solutions, both sides need to set aside past grievances and differences on the border issue and find ways to coexist and thrive together by maintaining the status quo and avoiding misjudgement and opportunism”.
Activities of China from 1962 glaringly reveal that they are not reliable rather cunning because backstabbing at any time can be done by them. According to South China Morning Post, 6 July 2020, “Indian soldiers who died in close combat with Chinese troops last month (means June 2020) were unarmed and surrounded by a larger force on a steep ridge”. So it is evident that they are coward because killing of unarmed persons at any circumstances is deplorable. By banning 59 Chinese apps, the Government of India has done a commendable job and taught a good lesson to them.
Telangana Chief Minister Hon’ble K Chandrashekhar Rao on 19 June 2020 announced “the State Government would extend all help to the family of Colonel Santosh Babu who was martyred in the clashes with Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan valley”. The Chef Minister further declared that, “The State Government will give Rs 5 crore cash to the family, besides a residential plot and Group 1 Job to his wife”. “For other 19 martyred army men who were killed in the same incident, KCR said the State Government would give Rs 10 lakh each through the Defence Ministry”.
Salute to Colonel Santosh Babu and all the 19 soldiers for exposing the backstabbers by saving the Galwan valley.
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Dr. Shankar Chatterjee
Former Professor& Head (CPME)