• Short Summary

    THE RECENT OUTBREAK OF FIGHTING BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN IN THE RANN OF KUTCH HAS AGAIN FOCUSED ATTENTION ON INDIA'S NORTHERN BORDERS.

  • Description

    1.
    Various shots of jawans marching up to the open field to listen to Mrs. Indira Gandhi.


    2.
    Various shots and CVs of 'jawans' with their new automatic weapons. The rifle they hold is India made automatic rifle.


    3.
    Mrs. Indira Gandhi arriving to address the troops.


    4.
    Various shots of Mrs. Indira Gandhi addressing the troops.


    5.
    CVs and MVs of troope listening.


    6.
    Mrs. Gandhi talking to the 'jawans'.


    7.
    'Jawans' shouting 'jais'


    8.
    Mrs. Gandhi leaving after her address.


    9.
    LVs of fog mist covered high Himalayas where the army of India is today based.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE RECENT OUTBREAK OF FIGHTING BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN IN THE RANN OF KUTCH HAS AGAIN FOCUSED ATTENTION ON INDIA'S NORTHERN BORDERS. BUT WHILE THE INDIAN-PAKISTAN DISPUTE REMAINS UNSETTLED, MUCH OF INDIA'S MILITARY POWER IS CONCENTRATED IN THE LOFTY HIMALAYAS WHERE HER TERRITORY BORDERS ON TIBET.

    SINCE THE FIGHTING BETWEEN INDIA AND THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC IN 1962, INDIA'S DEFENCES ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD HAVE BEEN STRENGTHENED. SOME OF HER ELITE UNITS AND FRESH, SPECIALLY TRAINED TROOPS HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE REMOTE FRONTIER IN CASE ANOTHER EMERGENCY SHOULD ARISE.

    DURING THE BATTLES OF 1962, THE INDIAN SOLDIERS SUFFERED REVERSES AT THE HANDS OF THE CHINESE TROOPS WHO APPEARED BETTER ARMED AND MORE ACCUSTOMED TO FIGHTING AND RAPID MOVEMENT AT EXTREME ALTITUDES. SINCE THEN, INDIA'S ARMY HAS BEEN RECOGNISED AND RE-EQUIPPED AND NINE MOUNTAIN DIVISIONS HAVE BEEN FORMED WITH A VIEW TO PROVIDING SEASONED TROOPS FOR SERVICE IN SUCH TERRAIN.

    A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN RECENTLY VISITED INDIAN ARMY UNITS STATIONED SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER. WHILE HE WAS THERE, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING, TOURED SOME OF THE UNITS INQUIRING AFTER THE WELFARE OF THE MEN AND IN SPEECHES TOLD THEM OF THE NATIONS'S SUPPORT IN THEIR TASK.

    THE 'JAWANS' OF THE UNITS SHE VISITED WERE HOUSED IN COMFORTABLE AND WELL-PROTECTED DUNKERS AND WERE CLOTHED WITH GARMENTS TO KEEP OUT THE COLD AND WIND. THEIR ARMS, TOO, REFLECTED THE INDIAN BUILD-UP -- AUTOMATIC SMALL ARMS AND WEAPONS.

    FOR SOME UNITS, GUARD DUTY IS OFTEN REPLACED BY TOUGH EXERCISES. FITNESS IS A NECESSITY AND THE MANOEUVRES ARE DESIGNED TO SHARPEN REFLEXES AS WELL AS TONE THE MUSCLES. THE MANOEUVRES ARE REALISTIC AND SOMETIMES ACT AS A PRELUDE TO PATROLS IN THE JUNGLES OF THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS WHERE A CONSTANT VIGIL IS KEPT FOR INFILTRATORS FROM ACROSS THE BORDER TO THE NORTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2WMSRYQ3IA45JBICTMTPO7FB1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WMSRYQ3IA45JBICTMTPO7FB1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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