This year joint military exercise Surya Kiran XI was conducted at the Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand. This is an annual exercise which takes place between India and Nepal. The two-week long joint exercise between the two battalions is focused on the skill which comes handy at the time of disaster management, counter-insurgency, and Jungle warfare.
Important facts related to Surya Kiran XI:
- The purpose of Surya Kiran XI joint exercise was to train both countries troop in the area of disaster management like an earthquake, counter-insurgency and in case of Jungle – warfare against Naxalism.
- The Indo-Nepal relations will also improve because of such military exercises.
- It focuses on other important aspects such as HADR operations and environmental conservation.
- In this exercise, Indian Army was represented by the trained troops of Punjab regiment’s-Ekta Shakti Battalion while from Nepal’s end representing its army was Durga Baksh Battalion.
- The armies from both the countries will get benefit from the experience gained in this drill and will surely boost the relations on friendly relationship between the two countries.
- This Surya Kiran exercise is successfully conducted since 2011 twice a year.
- The event takes place once in India and the other time in Nepal.
- Last time it was conducted in Nepal in November 2016 at Sajihinde.
- It is the largest drill participation amongst the two troops in series of military training exercise ever conducted by our country.
- The main vision behind such an exercise is the promotion of military relations amongst the two countries along with counter insurgency operations in mountain terrains.
Overall it is a drill which should be conducted in other countries as well. It gives a chance for bilateral agreements and opens the relations gate for other opportunities and lay the foundation for friendly relations.