The joint military ‘Exercise Dharma Guardian-2019’ between India and Japan will be conducted at the Eastern Command’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte in the North-East from 19 October to 02 November, 2019. The joint exercise will cover platoon-level joint training on counter terrorism operations in jungle and urban scenario. The Eastern Command of the Indian Army, headquartered in Kolkata, today announced that Indian and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) comprising 25 soldiers each, will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter terrorism operations in the respective countries.

The military exercise will be conducted at the Eastern Command counter insurgency training school in Vairengte in Mizoram. It was learnt from the Eastern Command spokesperson that the ‘Exercise Dharma Guardian’ is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since last year. This is the second time the exercise is being held. Notably, in the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, this military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ with Japan is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both the nations in the backdrop of global terrorism.

It is believed that this joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence co-operation between Indian Army and JGSDF which in turn will foster the bilateral relations between the two nations. It may be mentioned that during the first edition of the exercise in 2018, the focus too was on training and equipping the contingents to undertake counter insurgency in urban and semi-urban terrain. Insurgency has been a situation that the Army often has to encounter in the North- Eastern states of India where hilly and difficult terrain with thick forest, poses a challenge for the Army.