On General MM Naravane’s orders, the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) in Shimla is currently studying the “Tibetology” plan.
- The Indian Army is debating whether officers should research Tibetan history in order to “fight China’s influence.”
- The army lists seven institutes for the course; ‘officers will go on study leave to complete their course as the standoff continues,’ according to the MEA. India and China have agreed to hold the tenth round of Corps Commander-level talks soon.
- In the midst of the military standoff with China at LAC in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army is considering a plan to have officers research Tibetan history in order to fight Beijing’s influence.
According to the Times of India, as part of the steps being debated to “tackle China’s propaganda and spread of power,” the Army is proposing that its officers research Tibetan history, culture, and language on “both sides” of the Line of Actual Control and the international boundary.
On General M M Naravane’s orders, it was first proposed at the Army commanders’ conference in October and is now being “further analysed” by the Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC).
“Most army officers are familiar with Pakistan. Similar knowledge of China and the Chinese psyche, however, is missing. Officers who really understand China are in short supply. Tibetology is in much worse shape. These flaws must be addressed, according to a report in the Times of India.
ARTRAC has identified seven institutes for course growth.
The ARTRAC has established seven institutes that offer postgraduate courses in Tibetology. Army officers will go on study leave here to finish their course, and they can also be sent here for smaller courses.
The Department of Buddhist Studies at Delhi University, the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara in Bihar, Visva Bharati in West Bengal, the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bengaluru, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, and the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies in Arunachal Pradesh have all been established for the reason.
Standoff in the South China Sea between India and China
For over eight months, the militaries of India and China have been locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh, despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks yielding no significant breakthrough.
India has insisted on restoring the status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh prior to April in the military talks. The fight had started on May 5th.