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The War, Worry and The Way Out

Lieut.Gen.K.K. Nanda (Author)
Synopsis 161 Infantry Brigade was deployed in the Kashmir Valley, in the Uri Sector which was a very sensitive area of 19 Infantry Division. I took over this Brigade on 01st July 1971. It fought the Indo-Pak War of 1971, under my command, successfully. We, in the Brigade, ensured that not even an inch of its territory was lost to Pakistan. In addition we captured some real estate, using our own resources only. During the Indo-Pak War of 1971, Pakistan’s strategy was to be on the defensive in the East but be on the offensive in the West. Yahya Khan was confident that he could seize a sizable territory in Kashmir, to offset the loss of East Pakistan and would “not only be able to humble India and save his hour but might actually be better off at the end of the War.” The GOC, 19 Infantry Division, in a ‘personal for’ message to the Brigade Commanders on 27th November 1971 also said that, “in view of losses suffered in East and increasing success of MUKTI BAHINI, I am of opinion PAK/POK troops facing us will react savagely.” And yet he ordered me to attack a strongly held Pakistani defensive position on Pt. 10944 on 03rd December night itself when Pakistan had declared a war on India. To me it made no sense and I had no choice but to refuse his order. I had no intention of un-balancing my defences and invite Pakistanis to take advantage. This book covers this and a few other similar incidents which took place in my Sector, during the fortnight of the war. These have been narrated honestly and in detail. If it succeeds in focusing the interest of the Readers, Senior Army Officers in particular that such incidents should not be allowed to happen in any future conflict, I shall be more than satisfied that my effort, in producing this Book, has been duly compensated. A war is not a ‘test exercise’; it has to be fought by all, as one team, using all the available resources, to further the national interest.
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Lieut.Gen.K.K. Nanda

Lieutenant General K.K. Nanda was commissioned in December 1949 into the Regiment of Artillery. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi. In 1971 he was promoted to the rank of a Brigadier and took over the command of 161 Infantry Brigade in the Kashmir Valley. He fought the Indo-Pak War of 1971 with this formation successfully. In 1978 he was promoted to the rank of a Major General and commanded an Infantry Division in Rajasthan. In 1984 he was promoted again and appointed Chief of Staff, Central Command, Lucknow, in the rank of a Lieutenant General. He retired from there in 1987. During this period he was also the Colonel Commandant of Remounts and Veterinary Corps. He has been the Convenor of Surya think Tank on National Security since 1995. Now he is also the Convenor of the ‘Centre of Strategic thoughts’, another Think Tank. He is on the Editorial Board of Defence Watch, a monthly magazine and writes for it fairly regularly. He is also a Patron of the Delhi Study Group which is very active in dealing with the current topics concerning the National Security. He has authored the book “Conquering Kashmir-A Pakistani Obsession”.

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Title The War, Worry and The Way Out
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170951062
length 382p., Index; 23cm.