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During patrolling on the India-China border, now there is no chance of shoulder-elbow collision between the soldiers of both the countries. Through 80 words, ITBP explains Dragon’s army very well. Chinese soldiers get answers in their own language, Mandarin. ITBP has made it mandatory for everyone, from its jawans to top officers, to learn the Chinese language i.e. Mandarin. This language of China, in terms of speaking and writing Mandarin, is included in the most difficult language in the world. Despite this, ITBP has succeeded in making its hold on ‘Mandarin’ due to tireless hard work and meaningful efforts.
At that time the dispute turned into a confrontation.
Earlier posted on the LAC, there used to be a dispute between the soldiers of both the countries. Due to not being able to communicate properly, at times it turned into a quarrel, confrontation. Soldiers of both countries tried to push each other with the use of shoulders and elbows. However, on such occasions, the ITBP has been dealing with Chinese soldiers under the rules of International Border Defense. During patrolling, the soldiers of ITBP and China go almost side by side. Many times it was said from the Chinese soldiers that Indian soldiers have come to their border area. ITBP jawans would reply ‘no’ to them by nodding their neck or any other gesture. Chinese soldiers started shouting loudly. ITBP tries to convince them. At that time it was seen that due to not understanding the language of China properly, the dispute increases.
The wonder of ’80’ words of common parlance
According to sources, there should be proper communication between the soldiers of the two countries and there is no confusion or confusion on anything, ITBP started teaching its soldiers the language of China i.e. ‘Mandarin’. Although this effort in the force had been going on for nearly two decades, it was not mandatory for everyone to learn to speak ‘Mandarin’ back then. In ITBP, Mandarin language started being taught at all training centers of the force after 2018. If we talk about the regular course, then it takes two-three years to learn this language.
ITBP also took its break. When there is an altercation between the soldiers of both the countries during patrolling on the border, then there is a very common subject in it. Like, you have crossed our border. Get out of here. This is our limit. This area is not yours. Hello, you are fine, strong wind is blowing, talk to your commander, do not create unnecessary disputes, both countries are friends, border dispute is not right. Work with patience. Instead of pushing, keep a conversational attitude. About 80 such words were taught to every soldier who went on patrol. Its fruitful result was also seen.
Mandarin joined ITBP’s basic training
ITBP has now included Chinese language ‘Mandarin’ in its basic course. The force has about two hundred and fifty master trainers. He has done courses from institutes like JNU, Institute of Foreign Languages, Tezpur and Sanchi University etc. The duration of this course is more than one year. Mandarin language is being taught at the basic level to all the jawans and officers by these master trainers. Till now ITBP has imparted the knowledge of ‘Mandarin’ to about 6500 jawans and officers. During training, soldiers are taught the Chinese language in the same way as drills, physical exercises, border guarding knowledge or nature of jobs are studied. While teaching the language, special care is taken that no such word is omitted in a hurry, due to which the opposite meaning of a word is removed. This is the reason why soldiers are trained again and again. For this, the help of audio-video media of communication is taken.