India: "military training" for civilians living on border, to counter China
New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Indian
government plans to give military training to groups of
civilians so they can defend themselves from the
incursions by Beijing, thus creating paramilitary troops among people living along the Chinese border. Anonymous sources in the Ministry of the Interior report that the goal is
to prepare these people - even
giving them weapons - to assist security forces
already operative in the South-East
and in Jammu and Kashmir, "in case of emergencies".
The decision taken by the executive comes after a raid carried out by China in the area of Lake Pangong in Ladakh.
The policy adopted by the Government of newly elected premier Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Hindu ultra-nationalist BJP), is in stark contrast to that adopted by the previous Congress government, which had prevented the formation of any civilian paramilitary movement along the border.