War Despatches: Indo-Pak Conflict 1965
The title aspires to present a panorama of India's yet to be fully discovered martial heritage, denoted by its unconquerable ancient epoch, a critique of the generally misread medieval age vicissitudes, followed by a survey of the contemporary and postindependence travails and triumphs. Not a historical narrative, it attempts to define what constitutes India's natural-born military mind, how it evolved and breasted the world-conquering armies, followed by critical glimpses of past ordeals, and its uncelebrated defiance and conquests. The venture culminates in defining the nation's prospective defense and development policy imperatives, for its emerging global role. It is rare to find, in one volume, India's scintillating perspective on the past, present, and future. It fills a gap by covering a wide range of archeological, historical, politico-military, sociocultural, and strategic and warfare issues, and dispels certain myths, that tend to demean India's way of life.