Development of border infrastructure becomes more pertinent especially with the changing geo-political scenario viz-a-viz India-China and India-Pakistan. Keeping in view the Doklam stand-off with China and the ongoing efforts to push in terrorists by Pakistan along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir the need for updating infrastructure becomes more important. No doubt infiltration has come down but the new methods adopted by the Pak-supported terrorists along the International Border in Jammu region is really a shocker for everyone. Terrorists tried to climb over the border fencing under the cover of firing by Pakistani forces targeting Indian posts. This shows that Pakistan agencies are at work to come out with new methods. Now China has substantially increased subsidies to the people living in the border areas along the India-China border in Tibet to motivate them to manage and control the border. In the past five years, the subsidies the government offered to the border residents have been rising, covering 1,60,000 people. Tibet is the first provincial-level region in China to create a border subsidy system. What India should do to counter such moves is to spruce up border infrastructure so that patrolling all along the border could be intensified. The only saving grace with China is that there is no use of force and the diplomatic channels of both countries are receptive of the growing tension but whereas with Pakistan we have a different situation with the neighbour directly meddling in Kashmir and supporting terrorism. If India is able to strengthen its relations with China and the border infrastructure there it could give ample chance of lowering the tension which is what today’s economies are looking forward to? A sense of urgency has been injected into Border Road Organisation (BRO) projects as the need to close, or at least narrow, the logistics gap between Indian and Chinese forces along the border has been brought home by the serious threat posed by incidents like Doklam to India’s strategic interests. The proactive action of Indian troops in moving into territory disputed by China and Bhutan needed a strong and reliable supply line. So the need for a better infrastructure. War or unrest in any case won’t help anybody where as it will bring more hardships.
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