Portrait of a retired army soldier - Mr. Jigmet, who served under the Indian army for 17 years as a part of the Ladakh Squad.
Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram mountain ranges, Sir Jigmet was stationed at Siachen Glacier - worlds highest, deadliest and coldest battleground where temperatures fall under -45 degrees and winds swell over 160 km/hr. “Once while patrolling, a big chunk of ice calved and fell on two of our soldiers. They were crushed.”, said Sir Jigmet.
Under the harshest conditions, Sir Jigmet has broken down, seen his fellow army javaans perish and has seen limbs being chopped off. “A javaans fingers had to be chopped off. It was such a quick decision, his fingers were messed up due to extreme frost bites. If it wouldn’t be done then it would have severely affected his health!” - Sir Jigmet exclaimed. -
“We used to huddle together for warmth and we’ve cried too. But when I saw our flag, I knew I had to push through.” Now, Sir Jigmet has 4 kids and a house in Leh. He visits his mother and brother in Padum and also volunteers to help out with the proceedings of H.H. The Dalai Lama’s teachings. He loves taking photos too. A true warrior, a true Indian. Jai Hind.