World Teen - Main Article
 
Signup Teachers & Parents
Remains Found on Glacier
News Bytes 08/18/2022 2 Comments

Yesterday, officials in India announced that the remains of an Indian army soldier have been found. The discovery comes more than 38 years after the man went missing on a glacier. He was stationed there along the contested border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

The soldier and 17 other colleagues were occupying a ridge on Siachen Glacier in May 1984. That is the highest point in the Karakoram range in Kashmir’s Ladakh region. Suddenly, an avalanche hit the group. The bodies of 13 soldiers were recovered. Five remained missing.

A team of soldiers on Monday found human remains at the glacier. They also found an identity disc. The tag pinpointed the body as the missing man Chandra Shekhar.

Shekhar was part of India’s first army unit to occupy the 47-mile-long glacier in 1984. The unit engaged in intense battles with Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan also controls part of divided Kashmir. Both neighbors claim all of the region. The glacier is considered the world’s highest battlefield. It had been uninhabited before Indian troops moved there.

Today, the harsh Siachen Glacier region is still uninhabited except for Indian and Pakistani military personnel. In fact, the nearest village is 10 miles from the Indian base camp.

Since 1984, the two countries have fought occasional skirmishes on the glacier. However, more Indian and Pakistani troops have died from the grueling conditions than from hostile fire.

In 2017, at least 20 Indian soldiers died in three avalanches. A 2012 avalanche killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

India and Pakistan have discussed demilitarizing the glacier. But those discussions have been unsuccessful.

The Indian army gave Shekhar a funeral with full military honors. Then they flew his remains to his native village. There friends and family members showered his coffin with both flowers and tears.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore. — Revelation 21:4

(People shower flower petals on the coffin containing the remains of Chandra Shekhar, an Indian army soldier who went missing 38 years ago, in his hometown in Haldwani, India, on August 17, 2022. AP)

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

1st comment

That would be hard to be a soldier in that area if you knew that there avalanches you could die from

2nd Comment

Wow, I can't imagine people fighting over a glacier.

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login