7th September 1965

The day after the opening of the Lahore front turned into a sludge fest as both sides got involved in heavy fighting.  The Indian Armed Forces sufferred 131 deaths. including five pilots of the Indian Air Force - its heaviest loss till date.

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6th September 1965

After five days of severe fighting in Kashmir, and with India always insisting that any attack on Kashmir will be considered as an attack on India, the Indian Government made good on its promising by opening a second front on the International Border at Lahore. 

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Who is this WW2 RIN veteran?

A fascinating photograph of a Royal Indian Navy Veteran from the Second World War - protesting for the government to implement "One Rank One Pension" .. and the quest to find out who it is..

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5th September 1965

The day before the Indian Army crossed the International Border was 'relatively' calm. Still 36 jawans and their officers were lost in the J and K fighting. 

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Bringing back the Official Histories

In the year 2000, The Times of India leaked several "Official War Histories" from the Ministry of Defence's Historical Division.  That leak was the first time look at the various works of the MoD History cell.  Bharat Rakshak ended up being the repository for the files that were released at that time and over they years provided a reliable download source.

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4th September 1965

48 more soldiers lost their lives  in the J and K Sector. two of the units 1/8GR and 9th Mahar sufferred most of the casualities

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3rd September 1965

The pace of operations on the 3rd day of the war was compartively small.  15 Indian army officers and soldiers were noted as martyred.  

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2nd September 1965

The second day of the operations showed the lull in fighting.  Ten Soldiers are recorded as killed in action.  Several were missing or taken POW and were not accounted till the war ended.

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The old news and the new news

As the testing commences for the new "news" system, we took a look back at what was accomplished under the old News system software . We pulled some numbers and it was fascinating.

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1965 War : The first day - 1st September 1965

The first day of fighting was relegated to the Chamb Sector in J&K. When Pakistani Armoured Forces crossed over the Cease Fire Line, it took the combined weight of the Army and Air force to stop them in their tracks.  53 Army Soldiers, the bulk of them from the 6th Sikh LI and the 20th Lancers, as well as three Indian Air Force Pilots gave their lives - on 1 September 1965

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... but where is the News???

So our site is  now online and the first thing folks said is that the layout is nice, good to see a more upto date format.. but.. but.. where is the news? what happened to it? will it be back?

The short answer - we are still working on it.. the long answer? ... Read on.

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50 Years since 1965 - Remembering the lives lost

Today marks 50 years since the day the 1965 India Pakistan war flared up. The war was thrust upon India needlessly - and by the time it was wrapped up, exacted several thousand lives on both sides of the border. It was  a war that the Indian Armed Forces came of age, and they defeated the ghosts of the Chinese conflict three years before. 

Though the official start was 1st September, several soliders already gave their lives up in the days leading upto the war. In this posts and subsequent ones, we remember the fallen and provide a place of perpetual remembrance for the families who are trying to honour them.

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A new Bharat Rakshak site years in the making

Today 10th May 2015, we unveil a new version of the Bharat Rakshak Website . It has been just over ten years that our website front page had undergone a  major revamp. Prior to January 15th, 2005, the BR main page was a static HTML page with links to sites and no dynamic content. Behind this new mainpage and framework has been hundreds of hours of technical gruntwork to bring the BR site to the the latest specs.

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Marking Kargil's Vijay Diwas

The Kargil war is considered the first 'Television War' in the post Cable TV and Internet era in India.  It was also the first 'war' that happened after the thing called Internet arrived in India. The Bharat-Rakshak site was hardly two to three years old, when the war happened ...

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