Tribune News Service
Shimla, September 4
The native Tibetan neighborhood gave a heat and emotional send-off to the troopers of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) heading to the China border right here this morning.
Standing on the roadside, flying the Indian and Tibetan flags and elevating slogans of India-Tibet friendship, the gathering, comprising toddlers, younger and previous, had tears of their eyes as they waved goodbye to the troopers.
“It is a moment of great pride for us,” mentioned native Tibetan Sansad Secretary Palden Dhondup. “To see our men deployed against China is a very emotional moment for us for obvious reasons,” he added.
An ex-Army man within the crowd mentioned that the SFF performs a vital function within the mountains. “Besides the training in mountain warfare, we are naturally gifted when it comes to operating in the mountains,” he mentioned.
The SFF was raised following the 1962 battle in opposition to China. Initially, the drive comprised solely the Tibetans, however later the Gorkhas too had been inducted.