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The BJP has made a huge compromise to regain power in Karnataka. B.S. Yediyurappa does not tick any of the boxes PM Narendra Modi has set for BJP chief ministers: 75-year age cap, clean image, non-controversial and unquestioned loyalty to the party and the leader. Modi has lost an opportunity.

Kargil should not be a reason just for celebration, we must also reflect on our failings

Twenty years of Kargil is a moment for both celebration and introspection. India is grateful to thousands of soldiers who risked their lives for an unlikely victory against incredible odds. We must also reflect on the deficiencies, which allowed Pakistanis to infiltrate and get entrenched. Those lessons are valuable too.

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4 Comments Share Your Views


  1. How boxes were ticked for Kumarasamy Gowda by the editor? Some info will be useful. Winning elections and reclaiming govt is not as easy as ticking boxes.

  2. Military attaches from several embassies in Delhi were taken to Kargil after the fighting was over. As professional soldiers, they were filled with respect for the young officers and soldiers who reclaimed those icy heights.

  3. Every article I have read reminds us not to forget lessons of where we failed. Since, we are reminded so often, what’s behind these calls to not forget our failings? There was a major article in a national paper that claimed that we hadn’t learned anything and, yet, it didn’t tell us a single thing that we should have learned and didn’t. These calls must be seen in the context that for more than a decade there were no celebrations and no remembrance of Kargil. We have been taught that we, as Indians, are unworthy and incompetent. Winning a war, one that we weren’t even prepared for, refutes that deep seated belief. Concomitant to that belief is that problems are just around the corner and that we will lose eventually. So, it starts with us. We need to a belief in our selves that we are worthy of living in peace, dignity, and prosperity. One we accept this, we will be ready to learn from our successes and failures. (End of psychology lesson).


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