Book to tell true heroic stories of the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war


From the story of the flying lieutenant who disappeared after his plane crashed inside Pakistan to the “last khukri attack” in modern military history, a new book uncovers true stories of the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War showcasing the exemplary courage and courage of Indian soldiers. at the war front.

“ 1971: Charge of the Gorkhas and Other Stories, ” written by author Rachna Bisht Rawat, hits stands on December 10. It is published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI).

On the evening of December 3, 1971, the Pakistani Air Force attacked the Indian airfields of Srinagar, Avantipur, Pathankot, Uttarlai, Jodhpur, Ambala and Agra. Thus beginning the official start of the Third Indo-Pakistani War.

The 13-day military conflict – from December 3, 1971 to December 16, 1971 – was one of the shortest wars in history. It ended with a decisive victory for India and led to the creation of Bangladesh.

When I started writing in 1971, I knew I was going to focus on the human stories that traditional war stories tend to overlook. In these pages you will find stories of phenomenal courage, but you will also meet men who have felt terrible fear, regret and trauma, ” writes Rawat in the book’s introduction.

“You will meet soldiers who were afraid, who were weak, who faced internal conflict, and yet they chose to go ahead and do what they thought was right,” he said. -she adds.

While ‘Charge of the Gorkhas’ is about the brave warriors of 4/5 Gorkha Rifles who attacked an enemy position, fortified by machine guns, with naked khukris in their hands, the ‘Bloodied in Tangail’ is about a young parachutist budding who had never been on a plane but stubbornly insisted on attacking with his unit, which was to be dropped behind enemy lines.

Another “Behind Enemy Lines” story is the story of a naval diver who was so enraged by the atrocities inflicted on the defenseless Bengalis that he decided to cross the border, against orders, risking death and court martial. .

“The story closest to my heart is ‘Missing’. He is a brave young fighter pilot who disappeared when his plane crashed in Pakistan. The hero of this story, for me, is his young wife, who continued to believe for many years that he was alive and spent the last fifty years of her life trying to find out what had happened to him. explained Rawat, author of several books, including the bestseller ‘The Brave and Kargil’.

According to the editors, rigorously researched and reconstructed from interviews with survivors and their families, these are the stories of the bravest of the brave.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, revisit its battlefields through stories of the brave men of the army, navy and air force who fought for a cause that meant more to them than their own lives, ” they said in a statement.

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