1965: Stories from the Second Indo-Pakistan War by Rachna Bisht Rawat

By Rachna Bisht Rawat

On 1 September 1965, Pakistan invaded Chamb district in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering a sequence of tank battles, operations and counter-operations. It was once merely the bravery and well-executed strategic judgements of the warriors of the Indian military that countered the very genuine possibility of wasting Kashmir to Pakistan. Recounting the battles fought by way of 5 diverse regiments, the narrative reconstructs the occasions of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan struggle, outlining info by no means published prior to, and recalls its unsung heroes.

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This position drew them ³⁷ Quoted in David Scott, Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Durham, NC, 2004), 25. ³⁸ These terms are taken respectively from Homi Bhabha, ‘DissemiNation: Time Narrative and the Margins of the Modern Nation’ and ‘How Newness Enters the World’, The Location of Culture (1994), 139–70, 212–35; Edward Said, ‘Travelling Theory’, Raritan 1/3, (Winter 1982), 41–67. 20 Introduction into an alliance with the Unionists and retired officials in Britain.

See Mehrotra, History, 74–7, for details. ⁶⁰ Report of Indian National Congress, 1901, in A. M. , 1976–94), iv, 38. ⁶¹ Moulton, ‘Early Congress’, 36. ⁶² Hume quarrelled with the Congress leaders in 1888 when his suggestion that Congress ideas were influencing the Indian sepoy exposed the organisation to charges of subversion, and again in 1892 when he spoke of an incipient revolution in India. It was, the Indian leaders argued, one thing for a Briton to say this and quite another for an Indian to say it.

Bradlaugh to Digby, 20 June and 25 July 1890, ibid. Kaushik, Indian National Congress in England (Delhi, 1991), 21. ⁴⁷ India, Feb 1890; British Committee of Congress Memorandum, 25 Sept 1890, in The Bradlaugh Papers (Letters, Papers and Printed Items relating to the life of Charles Bradlaugh (1833–1891) now in the possession of the National Secular Society (Microfilm, Bodleian Library, Oxford), doc. 1755. ⁴⁹ The final straw came in September 1892 when Digby’s behaviour in a number of prominent private cases seemed to go too far.

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