The first ever Maha Vir Chakra award for free India went to a man who at the time of the action was not even part of the Indian Army. It was Brigadier Rajinder Singh, the Commander of the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces. Major Brahma Singh recalls the circumstances leading up to Brigadier Rajinder Singh's last battle in Kashmir in 1947.
Journalist Nitin Gokhale's book on the Siachen Glacier is a first of its kind - detailing the history of Operation Meghdoot - the fighting on Siachen Glacier. The Book "Beyond NJ9842" is due to be on the market in April. Bharat Rakshak provides exclusive excerpts from this forthcoming book.
The Talwar class has its origins in the Severnoye (Northern) Design Bureau that developed intothe Project 1135.6 vessel using an earlier Project 1135.1 design. This back to the early 1980s. The extensive scope of redesign and re-engineering for these vessels has realised a multipurpose surface combatant of about 4,000 ton displacement (this increase being attributed to additional weapon systems and the replacement of light alloys with steel), tailored to meet the Indian Navy's specific mission and performance requirements.
Soldiering is not a profession which gives one the opportunity to learn on the job. The lessons thrown up by realistic exercises play an important role in a soldier's training for war. This article is a look at the IAF's participation in various International exercises between 1999 and 2007, and the lessons it learnt from its international exposure.
The official history of the No.43 Squadron carries the following tantalising tidbit . "On 6 September 1965, the squadron had its first direct encounter with the enemy. Three aircraft took off from Amritsar in the evening with for Hunter escorts when they were attacked by a formation of four Sabres and a B-57 bomber. The Hunters latched on the Sabres. The B-57 got a chance and fired at the last DAKOTA, which was still on the ground about to take off. The DAKOTA was not hit and got airborne safely." . This incident did not get told anywhere else till now - as Sqn Ldr Arunesh "Bachu" Prasad puts on record what happened that evening.