Articles By Gen KV Krishna Rao

1971 War: Capture of Dacca

1971 War: Capture of Dacca

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 30 Nov , 2021

 From the beginning of the war on December 3, when Yahya Khan launched  a surprise attack on Indian airfields and land operations across the borders, the  situation in East Pakistan never turned...

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1971 War: Operations in Sind-Rajasthan

1971 War: Operations in Sind-Rajasthan

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 11 Nov , 2021

The border area of Rajasthan-Sind is generally desert terrain with very limited road and rail communications. The border area of Gujarat and Sind is mainly covered by the Rann of Kutch. The Indian...

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1971 War on the Western Front: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1971 War on the Western Front: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 10 Oct , 2021

Strategy It was appreciated that in the West, Pakistan’s strategy would be to secure significant territory in Jammu and Kashmir which she could retain after the war and at the same time to...

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1971 War on the Eastern Front: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1971 War on the Eastern Front: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 09 Sep , 2021

Grand Strategy Pakistan, at its creation, comprised the Western and Eastern Wings, separated by a distance of about 1600 kilometres. For the survival of Pakistan, it was essential that both the...

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The Border War-November 1962

The Border War-November 1962

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 25 Aug , 2021

After the debacle at Namka Chu, there was some confusion as to where to try and halt the Chinese, should they continue their advance further. Sen visited Tawang on October 22, 1962 and ordered...

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The Border War-October 1962

The Border War-October 1962

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 23 Aug , 2021

On September 8, 1962, Nehru had gone to London to attend the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference. On September 9, a meeting was held by Krishna Menon, where a decision was taken to evict the...

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Brief History of the Pre-Partition Indian Army

Brief History of the Pre-Partition Indian Army

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 19 Aug , 2021

Considering that the Indian Army, as it was inherited from the British period, was patterned generally on the system as evolved for India, and the fact that the present Indian Army has been built...

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1962 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1962 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 10 Aug , 2021

Political Appreciation India had been invaded several times, during its long history. Most of these invasions came from the North-West through Hindukush and Suleman mountains into the Indian...

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1965 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1965 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 06 Aug , 2021

Strategy A major national war aim of Pakistan was the annexation of Jammu and Kashmir by force. As has been brought out earlier the Kashmir Issue remained dormant for a considerable period after...

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1947-48 War with Pakistan: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1947-48 War with Pakistan: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 30 Jul , 2021

Political Will As has been brought out, the 1947-48 Jammu and Kashmir War was really forced on the country in its infancy as an Independent Nation. There was not much time to react, nor were any...

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1965 War: Ceasefire and Tashkent Agreement

1965 War: Ceasefire and Tashkent Agreement

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao | Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 05 Mar , 2019

The Secretary General of the United Nations, U. Thant, had been endeavouring ever since the Pakistani infiltration started into Jammu and ‘Kashmir on August 5, to bring the fighting to an end and...

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