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President Ram Nath Kovind Becomes First President To Visit Siachen After Abdul Kalam

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| May 10 , 2018 , 16:55 IST

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday became the first president to visit the Siachen glacier base camp after the visit of the then president A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2004. 

A.P.J Abdul Kalam who is known as the "missile man of India" made the history by visiting the highly militarised glacier(Siachin) in April 2004.

"There was a special reason behind my excitement to meet you. I wanted to personally convey you the message that there is special respect in heart of all Indians for the soldiers and officers guarding the borders," said President Ram Nath Kovind from the Siachen base camp.

President Ram Nath Kovind also interacted with soldiers at the Siachen base camp, where Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was also present. 

President Kovind will be accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Lt Gen D Anbu, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern command as stated in the press release by the northern command.

Snowslides and landslides are common at the Siachen glacier and which is called as the highest militarised glacier in the world with temperatures declining to as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius.

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According to the records mentioned in parliament in December 2015, nearly 869 soldiers have lost their lives in the glacier because of climatic conditions.

Siachen has been militarised since 1984 and is called as the highest battlefield in the world. Both India and Pakistan have had repeated border clashes at the glacier for the last three decades and it remains as an unreliable terrain where casualties and fatality are not rare even in times of peace.