Samir and Jagan: Capturing veteren's story as they remember is a project that is precious to the nation. It is urgent because it must be collected before age snatch their memory, faculty & life away.
Apart from what you need for the book, I would suggest that audio recording or better still video recording will serve the country well.
Excellent new web pages to start this project. Please think of extending it to capture history audio/video recording of veteren recollection.
History capturing has been a very weak point of India for many millinium, that India has paid dearly. Allowing others to impose their fiction as Indian history becase we do not have a shred of historical evidence. This require all BRFites to wake up and contribute to this effort.
There are many lakh Indian vets out there who are willing to tell their story; most them matching or exceeding those that we see in History Channel etc in western media and get impressed. The 1971 war, the Kashmir proxy war, the insurgency in various parts, Op-Pawan, the Maldives operation ... there are so many people who fought and lived to tell their story. Alas no one to listen or record it.
You hit the nail on the head reg audio and video coverage.
A small beginning had been made on the Audio archives front - I had done a significant majority of the interviews that dealt with the 65 project (as well as the WW2 Veterans Project) conventional audio tapes (which subsequently have been digitised to mp3 formats ). The quality is not great (due to use of tape recorders) but its a start. Samir had also done some of his interviews on tapes. hopefully with better equipment (collar mikes, digital recorders etc) the quality of interviews will improve.
I made one attempt to video the interview. It turned out allright because the subject was told well in advance it will probably be a video interview. But for a majority of the interviews, I consider that video archiving is a little cumbersome.
Which is why i think the recent 'Great Battles' initiative to be a step.. It must have generated tons of video interview footage - even though all of it may not have made it to broadcast.
I think a start can certainly made if every BRFite takes the initiative to talk /interview / or convince any veteran they know to narrate their experiences. even if does not make it to BR, it will be a service to everyone if such experiences are archived for posterity.