• Testing Times

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION At the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the militant organisation— Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)— who wanted a separate state for Tamils in North/ East Sri Lanka, caused havoc in the country. The Sri Lankan parties were not able to reach a clear solution. On the Sri Lankan government's request, the Indian government under Rajiv Gandhi assumed a mediation role. India, because of a large number of Tamils in the southern part of the country, and also to avoid…

  • Straight Into Action

    It was September 1970, when I was a young cadet undergoing training at the National Defence Academy (NDA). We began hearing about the huge influx of refugees from East Pakistan into our Eastern States. On passing out of NDA, I was sent to the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun for advanced training and was subsequently commissioned on 14th November 1971, as a young second Lieutenant into the Jat Regiment (Infantry) of the Indian Army. The Jat Regiment is well known for its acts of valour and ga…


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