Interviews

Making of a General

Making of a General

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 11 Aug , 2019

“The personality of the general is indispensable. He is the head, he is the all of an army. The Gaul’s were not conquered by the Roman Legions but by Caesar. It was not before the...

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'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

Claude Arpi’s interview with Jagmohan, Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Minister. It was recorded in 2007. Claude: Sir, there are rumors that India and Pakistan will soon have a...

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1962 War: The Role of the IAF

1962 War: The Role of the IAF

By: Air Chief Marshal P C Lal | Issue: Book Excerpt: My Years with the I.A.F. | Date: 21 Feb , 2019

What part did the lAF play in this sad event? A non­combatant role but an important one nonetheless. It was a logistical role—transportation of men and material and supply­-dropping with large...

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Defence of Srinagar 1947

Defence of Srinagar 1947

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 03 Feb , 2019

Battle of Shalateng When the British left in 1947 after creating Pakistan and India, the Princely States were given the option of acceding to India or Pakistan or to remain independent. All the...

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Kargil War: Role Played by the Indian Air Force

Kargil War: Role Played by the Indian Air Force

By: Maj Gen Jagjit Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Artillery: The Battle-Winning Arm | Date: 02 Feb , 2019

The bold decision taken by the Indian Government on May 25, 1999 to employ the air force in the Kargil War played an important role in the ultimate victory. Never before in military history had...

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Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 25 Aug , 2018

In the early days, before the British Raj had spread North and West, there was a period when the Bengal Army was enlisted almost exclusively from the high-caste Hindu. In the campaigns against the...

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“Under Governor’s rule in J&K you will see a difference”

“Under Governor’s rule in J&K you will see a difference”

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 21 Jul , 2018

“We must understand the fact that radicalisation is not confined to only the Valley, but it is a global phenomenon. I can say that at global level, this radicalisation has increased at a rapid...

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Faithful among the Faithful - Interview of George Fernandes in New Delhi

Faithful among the Faithful - Interview of George Fernandes in New Delhi

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 05 Jun , 2018

In March 2006, I had the privilege to interview him on his relation with Tibet and the Dalai Lama …and China. Soon after, he would not be well enough to answer questions. Most of the Tibetans I...

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The Fighting Gurkha

The Fighting Gurkha

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 09 Mar , 2018

So much has been written of the Gurkha and the Sikh that officers who pass their lives with other classes of the Indian Army are tired of listening to their praises. Their fame is deserved, but...

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East Pakistan: The Mukti Bahini takes shape

East Pakistan: The Mukti Bahini takes shape

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 03 Mar , 2018

A bout the end of the first week of April 1971, most of the revolting Bengali troops had been flushed out into India by the sheer brute force of the Pakistani Army. Some of them were badly mauled,...

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Leadership in the 21st Century: Sam Manekshaw, MC

Leadership in the 21st Century: Sam Manekshaw, MC

By: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw MC | Issue: Book Excerpt: Field Marshal KM Cariappa: | Date: 17 Feb , 2018

Vice President, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am fully conscious of the honour and privilege which is mine to be invited here to address you this evening. The honour is even greater that you should have...

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1971 War: Sinking of the KHUKRI

1971 War: Sinking of the KHUKRI

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Book Excerpt: Transition to Triumph | Date: 11 Feb , 2018

“The Story of the Pakistan Navy” has recounted the events as seen from the submarine HANGAR which sank the KHUKRI. HANGAR had sailed from Karachi on 22 November for a patrol off the Saurashtra...

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A British Private Company, raised a Private Army to conquer India!

A British Private Company, raised a Private Army to conquer India!

By: Air Marshal RK Nehra | Issue: Book Excerpt: Hinduism & its Military Ethos | Date: 09 Jan , 2018

It is a law of nature that all civilizations must finally decay and be replaced; Muslims were no exception. By the early 1700s, Muslims were bored and fatigued with their 500 years of continuous rule....

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1971 War: The First Missile Attack on Karachi

1971 War: The First Missile Attack on Karachi

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Book Excerpt: Transition to Triumph | Date: 01 Nov , 2017

 Events before the Attack Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Kohli, was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command (FOCINCWEST). In his book “We Dared”, he states: “After...

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1971 War: Airborne Operations

1971 War: Airborne Operations

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 18 Oct , 2017

Between the two world wars there was a significant development of aircraft, both transport and combat, in Germany and elsewhere. Military planners of all erstwhile warring nations were seeking a...

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1971 War: The Battle of Hussainiwala

1971 War: The Battle of Hussainiwala

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 09 Jan , 2017

The Indian enclave of Hussainiwala lies west of the Sutlej along the Ferozepur-Lahore highway. It covers about 7.5 hectares and runs in a parabola from the rail and road bridge towards Shamoke in...

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Making of an Indian Army Soldier

Making of an Indian Army Soldier

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Book Excerpt: Third and Ninth Gorkhas | Date: 16 Dec , 2016

The Kanchas (young men) recruited by the Recruiting Depots and BRO are raw village boys.  Rustic in the extreme, often semi-literate, with no concept of discipline, training, esprit de corps, or...

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“Our vision in next 10 years is to become top defence industry in the...

“Our vision in next 10 years is to become top defence industry in the...

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 24 Jun , 2016

The Defence Expo 2016, held at Goa; a maiden attempt to get the world to see a different destination rather differently. Goa is famous for its sea beeches, sun and sand. Every year lakhs of...

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PoW in Tibet

PoW in Tibet

By: Maj Gen KK Tewari | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 31 Aug , 2015

In 1962, Maj. Gen. K.K. Tewari was Commander Signals of the 4 Infantry Division based in Tezpur, Assam. On October 20, 1962, as he was visiting his forward troops, the Chinese attacked India. He...

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Who else is the beneficiary of CSD Liquor?

Who else is the beneficiary of CSD Liquor?

By: Maj Gen Chander Nandwani | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Apr , 2015

Way back in 1995, I was posted as Additional Director General of Supplies & Transport in Army Headquarters. Apart from my routine responsibilities, I was also given additional charge of managing...

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