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Ram Nath Kovind – 2nd President of India to visit Siachen Base camp

Published on May 12, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Army base camp in Siachen, the world's highest battlefield.


  • He thus became the second President of India to do so.
  • The previous visit was undertaken by former President APJ Abdul Kalam in April 2004.
  • Therefore Ram Nath Kovind is the first President to travel to Siachen in 14 years.
  • Siachen glacier is also referred to as the "Third Pole" where temperatures can dip to minus 50 degrees Celsius.
  • The President of India addressed the soldiers saying that being the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces he has come there to convey the gratitude of the entire country.
  • He congratulated the soldiers for their courage and dedication as Siachen was the world's highest battlefield.
  • Ram Nath Kovind also paid his respects at the Siachen War Memorial.
  • Siachen War Memorial is a symbol of the sacrifice of 11,000 soldiers and officers who have been martyred since the Indian Army began Operation Meghdoot on the Siachen Glacier on April 13, 1984.

Expected Questions

Question 1. Who was the first President of India to visit the Siachen Base camp?
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Question 2. Who is the President of India?
Ram Nath Kovind

Question 3. On which ranges of the Himalayas is the Siachen glacier located?
Karakoram Ranges

Question 4. Which Article of the Indian Constitution says that there should be a President of India?
Article 52

Question 5. Who is the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces?
President of India

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