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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/thepakteahouse.blogspot.com

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

elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?