Our identity, legacy at stake in India-China face-off: Galwan family

Galwan, Ghulam Rasool, Valley
For the Galwan family, the contested valley is at the core of their happiness and prosperity. They fear that if China won’t retreat from Galwan Valley, India may lose a strategic location and territory but the Galwans would lose the fulcrum of their existence, legacy and dreams | Image - Eunice Dhivya

“He was a celebrity of his times in Ladakh. Whosoever visited Ladakh from undivided India, China, Tibet or Afghanistan during the period (1890-1925), would want Ghulam Rasool Galwan to be their pointsman, and a record-keeper too,” Ghulam Nabi Galwan, his grandson, tells The Federal.

Tales and legends of the famed 19th century Ladakhi explorer-guide have been revived by the recent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, a treacherous icy terrain at 14,000 ft altitude where 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives.

“The place where our grandfather saved lives of 20 people, has now witnessed bloodbath of 20 soldiers. It reminded us of 1962 (India-China war),” says Ghulam Nabi.

The strategic key

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