Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: 1971

Pakistan’s apology to Bangladesh is a thorn in the throat. Neither can move past it

India's CAA and its short-sighted approach towards Muslim populations in the neighbourhood gave Pakistan an opportunity to re-initiate ties with Bangladesh. But it's not enough.

Pakistan’s memory of 1971 is as good as that of Ghajini. It’s both the victim and winner

Why does Pakistan debate this ‘apology to Bangladesh’ question when we have been taught since school that nothing big really happened in 1971?

The ‘12 Days to Dacca’ plan executed by a ‘moth-eaten brigade’ that helped India in 1971

Brigadier H S Kler's ‘12 Days to Dacca’ plan was war-gamed and executed to perfection and sent Pakistani forces on the run.

A Pakistani daughter on getting to know IAF MiG pilot who shot down her father’s F-104 in 1971

Every year we celebrate 1965 but 1971 broke our hearts, our spirits, says Lesley Ann Middlecoat, daughter of Wing Commander Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat of PAF.

The 50-year hunt for the Indian Flight Lieutenant who went ‘missing’ in 1971

In '1971: Charge of the Gorkhas and Other Stories' Rachna Bisht Rawat collects tales of extraordinary courage and fortitude of the Indian armed forces.

Pakistan lost the 1971 war, but its project of Islamist violence won the larger conflict

What did India gain from 1971 victory? It now faces a country with an uncertain future in the East and a Pakistan that is ever more committed to using violence.

I could serve the Indian Army thanks to IAF ‘bounce’ party 50 years ago

Had it not been for the ‘spirits’ of the Indian Air Force, I would not be here to tell you this story.

Hours before the start of the historic 1971 West Indies tour, Indian team had no kit to play

In ‘1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness’, Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya write about the twin tours that made the Indian team a force to reckon with.

Operation Eagle — The 1971 mission by RAW and Tibetan SFF that has no official record

In ‘The War That Made R&AW’, Anusha Nandakumar and Sandeep Saket write that with the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, spymaster R.N. Kao put India’s RAW on the world intelligence map.

1971 to 2021 – We fought together, now Bangladesh Army marches with us on Republic Day

India and Bangladesh are celebrating 50 years of the 1971 Liberation War — one of the finest victories in modern military history.

On Camera


Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.