Sonam Wangchuck’s warm gesture for Indian Army goes viral


Sonam Wangchuck, who was the inspiration behind the Phunsukh Wangdu character in Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots has come up with an innovation that could help our soldiers stay warm in the freezing cold of Ladakh.

Wangchuck is an engineer & education reformist has built a solar-powered military tent for the Indian Army at the Galway Valley.  He had previously succeeded in his solar-heated mud hut project, built a tent that could accommodate 10 jawans and is fully portable with the weight of the tent being less than 30 kilos.

On Friday, February 19, he shared the images of a solar-powered military tent, which he claims can keep them warm at 15 degrees even when it is -14 degrees outside.

He further said that the solar heated military tents can be used by 10 Indian Army jawans at a time and is completely portable.

“SOLAR HEATED MILITARY TENT for #indianarmy at #galwanvalley +15 C at 10pm now. Min outside last night was -14 C, Replaces tons of kerosene, pollution #climatechange For 10 jawans, fully portable all parts weigh less than 30 Kgs. #MadeInIndia #MadeInLadakh #CarbonNeutral,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sharing photos of the solar-powered tent, Wangchuk revealed that the tent could sustain even under sub-zero temperatures such as minus 14 degrees Celsius while pointing out that it was carbon neutral, replacing kerosene and tackling pollution.

Wangchuck’s latest innovation has left many impressed.

“Sonam, you’re the MAN! I salute you. Your work is energizing, even this late in the evening,” Anand Mahindra said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Sonam Wangchuk on Friday informed that his Twitter account had been hacked but was later restored.

The hacked Twitter account displayed random tweets shared from Sonam Wangchuk’s handle.

Taking to Twitter, the innovator stated that he was clueless about who was responsible for hacking his account.

Even so, he also acknowledged that it took weeks to restore it. In addition, he also informed users that he was back and handling the account himself. The hacked account displayed a fraud link which showed that Elon Musk was giving away free Bitcoins.

Wangchuck, the founder of Student Educational and Cultural Movement in Ladakh that was established in the 1988 by the group of students. The whole institute is designed with solar energy and uses no fossil fuel for cooking lighting or heating.

He has also come up with a great way of providing fresh water to villages in the upper reaches of Ladakh that were in the biggest crisis situation.

He sources of water are the nearby streams and he also uses his artificial glaciers that would stock freshwater for the community and that comes very handy in the springtime.

He has said, “There have been others before who have worked in this field but encountered problems such as premature melting. To address these problems, we have built vertical ice towers using a simple method.”