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KARGIL: From Surprise to Victory

KARGIL: From Surprise to Victory
Item Code: IDF785
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8172236352
Pages: 223 (Color Illus: 20)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.5" X 6.4"
weight of the book: 794 gms
About the Book:

Even as the Indian prime Minister and his Pakistani counterpart huggd each other after signing the Lahore Declaration in February 1999, Pakistan Army personnel, in the garb of jehadi militants, infiltrated into Indian territory at Kargil and triggered off a limited conventional war between the world's newest nuclear-weapon states. The Pakistani Army achieved a tactical surprise, but failed at the Strategic level. The outbreak of war at Kargil also revealed that the Pakistani political leadership was out of synch with the thinking and planning of the country's military top brass. The author analyses the reasoning behind the Pakistani Army moves and tactics and also focuses on the individuals responsible.

This incisive volume uncovers several new details and attempts to answer all crucial questions such as : What was the extent of intelligence and surveillance failure of the Indian side and why? What was the rationale for India's grand strategy of restraint despite being a victim of aggression? What was India's military strategy and how was the war managed? How were the battles in various sectors planned and executed to recapture the strategically important high altitude mountaintops? What was the international response to the aggression due to the nuclear factor and what was the role-played by the USA and China? What was the impact of the war on Pakistan and India? What are the lessons to be learnt fro Kargil on the military, political and diplomatic fronts?

He rounds off the book with a survey of Indo-Pak security relations in the Post-Kargil era. In this context he takes stock of the Peace dialogue and its sustainability given the fact that Pakistan's military rulers have yet to shun terrorism as an instrument\ of state policy.

About the Author:

He was the Chief of the Army Staff from 1 October 1997 to 30 September 2000. Concurrently he was chairman, chiefs of Staff Committee, from 1 January 1999 to 30 September 2000. in both these posts, he played a vital role in planning coordinating that enabled India to evict the Pakistani intruders in Kargil and thus turn the tables on Pakistan.

A graduate from the Defence Services Staff College and madras University, General Malik is an alumnus of the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has been a member of India's National Security Advisory Board and has delivered lectures in many prestigious civil and military institutions in India and abroad. Currently, he heads the Institute of Security Studies in the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Preface 9
Acknowledgements 15
Prologue 19
1 The Gathering Storm 23
2 War Planning or Conspiracy? 39
3 A Line Uncontrolled 57
4 The Dark Winter 75
5 The Fog of War 103
6 The Reckoning 113
7 Turning the Tide 137
8 We shall Fire the Last Shot 153
9 Combat and Logistic Support: A Crucial Input 219
10 The Army Family Support System 229
11 Partners in Victory 241
12 The Pakistani Withdrawal 253
13 Crying Nuclear Wolf 269
14 We shall Fight with Whatever We Havel 281
15 The China Factor 295
16 Leave Us Alone: We Are Apolitical 303
17 The Information Battle 319
18 The Kargil Impact 337
19 India and Pakistan: Beyond Kargil 367
20 Pakistan: Blowing Hot, Blowing Cold 383
Epilogue 397
Appendix 1 Text of Documents Signed at Lahore 401
Appendix 2 Records of Telephone Conversations 407
Appendix 3 A Summary of the Kargil Review Committee's Recommendations 415
Appendix 4 Press Note from Army Headquarters 419
Index 421

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