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Major General H.S. Kler | '12 Days to Dacca' with permission from Wg Cdr DJS Kler, VM.

A general who wasn’t the ‘chosen one’, but became the man of the hour in 1965

Major General H.S. Kler earned the reputation of being a brilliant professional who was outspoken to a fault.
Lt Gen Niazi signing the Instrument of Surrender beside Lt Gen Aurora, Dhaka | Commons

Dhaka & Pakistan’s psychological defeat: How Indian military commanders won 1971

Before 1971, our political and military leadership was inexperienced in waging a war at this scale to achieve absolute victory.
Lt Gen H.S. Panag (background image) was part of the battalion that captured Pakistan Air Force pilot Flight Lt Parvaiz Qureshi Mehdi (inset) | Twitter/@rwac48/

How I captured and saved India’s first prisoner of war in 1971

A man who would go on to become chief of Pakistan Air Force was India’s first prisoner of war in 1971
17th December 1971: Indian troops advancing into East Pakistan (Bangladesh) | Central Press/Getty Images

Had US used its economic power over Pakistan in 1971, Asia could have avoided a war

Until now, the United States has seldom used its economic leverage to shape Pakistan’s behaviour.
PM Indira Gandhi with her three Chiefs | Arjun Subramaniam, 'India's Wars: A Military History 1947-1971

Even before 1971 war started with Pakistan, India had won the battle

A perfect political-military-intelligence synergy allowed India to dictate the pace of operations in 1971 war with Pakistan.
Vice Admiral MP Awati (Retd) | Twitter/@indiannavy

As NDA cadet, I was witness to Vice Admiral Awati’s kindness

Vice Admiral M.P. Awati was probably the best role model for the Indian Navy.
Indian troops repairing the Jessore Road from Kolkata in India to Jessore in Bangladesh, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Of course we won 1971, so 46 years later we can look at military facts more fairly

As we observe the 46th year anniversary of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war, we have to deal with our military past with genuine scholarship, not jingoism.

On Camera


Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.