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Postby manjgu » 16 Nov 2011 18:31

well just read the two books on siachen a) battle of roses by kapadia b) siachen Why? . I quite liked the kapadia book. not so impressed with Siachen Why? book. I dont understand why cant books on siachen give better pics? so that one better appreciates the place. The bana peak pic in Kapadias book is truly inspiring !!! am waiting for the 3rd book "Height of madness" :-)

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Postby Aditya G » 03 Dec 2012 21:42

Must watch video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yOVZGyP ... _embedded#!

Ashali Varma, talks about her book, The Victoria Cross: A Love Story, an account of the life of her parents, Mohini and Lt. General Prem Singh Bhagat, the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross in the Second World War, and co-author of the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report on India's defeat in the war with China.

Producer: Shruti Pushkarna

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Postby member_23651 » 12 Dec 2012 13:56


Is it a pawki site.. this rupeenews posing as Indian site?? looks more like one, using words like bharati army, bharati was kicked out etc... smells pawki

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Postby Rony » 13 Dec 2012 08:41

AnantS wrote:

Is it a pawki site.. this rupeenews posing as Indian site?? looks more like one, using words like bharati army, bharati was kicked out etc... smells pawki


Rupee News is a Paki site. I dont understand why anyone would quote that site

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Postby Austin » 01 May 2013 16:35

First to the Last: 50 years of MiG-21s with the IAF
Author: Air Marshal P Rajkumar & Pushpindar Singh

http://www.lancerpublishers.com/catalog ... ts_id=1288

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Postby wig » 08 Nov 2013 13:04

Courage and Conviction an autobiography by General V K Singh, IA is a 363-page book, co-authored with writer and film-maker Kunal Verma and published by Aleph Books

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-new ... 48536.aspx

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Operation Bluestar

By the end of May 1984, the situation in Punjab was becoming extremely tense. In May 1984, Indira Gandhi called for a conference at her residence. It was attended by the Chief of army staff (COAS), General Arun Shridhar Vaidya, the DGMO, General CM Somanna, and the Western Army Commander who had come down from Chandimandir, Lieutenant General Krishnaswamy Sundarji.

Indira Gandhi had discussed the situation within the Golden Temple, and asked the Western Army Commander if the entire group of militants could be flushed out. General Sundarji had responded positively, reportedly saying that if there was a requirement to clear the Golden Temple, he would have it cleared in no time.

Sundarji’s belligerent stance put the COAS in an awkward situation. As the chief, with General Somanna by his side, began to explain the reasoning behind this advice, Indira Gandhi impatiently cut him short and asked him why he was anticipating problems when the army commander on the ground was confident of resolving the issue.

General Sundarji always looked to be a man in a tremendous hurry, and it was felt that he was too willing to do things without getting into the details of the matter.

This set the ball rolling for what was to be one of India’s darkest chapters —Operation Blue Star. Indira Gandhi also unwittingly created a situation where Army headquarters now had to play a secondary role to Western Command in planning the operation.

The moment General Sundarji pulled the carpet from under the COAS’s feet, military logic had been compromised and each subsequent decision was guided by political rather than operational logic.

Operation Brasstacks

Towards the end of 1986, India had begun its preparations for Exercise Brasstacks. The war game was one of the largest ever to have been planned, involving thousands of troops and armour...

Lieutenant General RN Mahajan from the Kumaon Regiment had taken over from Somanna. General K Sundarji was elevated to the top job.

Mahajan finished briefing the chief, stating categorically that there was nothing discernible which suggested any problems. Sundarji, however, was not convinced. ‘Look at their (Pakistan’s) 10 Corps again,’ he insisted, ‘why is it moving troops to the north?’

This Pakistani formation was based around Murree and movement to the north would particularly impact the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

We re-examined every piece of information from every possible angle. …there was nothing that suggested even the slightest deviation to the Pakistani position that could be viewed suspiciously.

It almost seemed as if he was now second-guessing himself and in the process losing his nerve. He then issued an order that stunned the DGMO and everybody else in the room, ‘Move one of Army HQ’s reserves opposite the 10 Corps area.’

..(a) call came from Pakistan’s DGMO on the hotline to his Indian counterpart. The Pakistani general said that there were other (troop) movements that did not fit into the overall profile.

With war hysteria building up all around, hundreds of thousands of people evacuated the area. War seemed imminent, with both the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers issuing threats to each other.

War in Sri Lanka

…the LTTE, President Jayewardene, working with the Indian diplomat corps in Colombo, succeeded in selling to Rajiv Gandhi an agreement that could never have worked. The third person in this chain was General Sundarji, the army chief, who, in my opinion, had demonstrated time and again that the more complex and dangerous the situation on the ground, the greater the chance of the army charging in with bluster and bravado.

Within the first month, we had demonstrated to ourselves and also to the LTTE that we had no clear-cut objectives, and were just rushing from one location to the other.

Gen JJ Singh’s fixed the line of succession

With the benefit of hindsight, some facts are clear.

General JJ Singh had taken over as the COAS in 2004 and his own tenure was to run till the end of September 2007. It is now an established fact that he had, within months of taking charge, initiated the ‘look down policy’ that would give a clear idea as to what the line of succession would, or could be.

At this stage, it was probably brought to JJ’s notice that if the COAS could truncate my tenure as the chief to a two-year period, then the path could be cleared for the officer of his choice, and perhaps the choice of other in the government, to take over in 2012.

While all the others had to be ‘fixed’ in their brigadier to major general boards, or by other delaying tactics that allowed the designated favourite to overtake them, in the overall scheme of things it was probably an imperative that I become the chief, but only for a limited period.

PMO official and the Tatra scam

But the bigger shock was yet to come. Having first looked at BEML and the Tatra truck while looking at procurements as part of the Transformation Study, I asked for more information, especially as an order for approximately 700 additional vehicles were awaiting Army HQ’s nod.

This just wasn’t making any sense. We were continuing to pay BEML almost four times what the vehicles were costing them. What was even more amazing was the fact that the chairman and managing director of BEML had been at the helm for 12 years, and his networking skills had plugged him into a lot of ‘helpful’ friends.

There were murmurings that the relatives of a senior bureaucrat at the PMO had been given plots in the BEML housing society and the son of a top official at the Planning commission had been living in the BEML guest rooms for more than a year.

‘Don’t ask too many questions, sir,’ I was advised by those in the know of the procurement business. ‘The trail goes right up to a very high official in the PMO.

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Postby chackojoseph » 11 Dec 2013 09:05

CMDE (Retd) Ranjit Rai and P Chacko Joseph are co authors for a book which is a sequel to 'A Nation And Its Navy At War' by CMDE Ranjit Rai. The target launch is Def Expo Feb 14. The book was the first ever written on 1971 war. The sequel book will cover the entire gamut of naval deployment since Independence. Along with Commodore Odakkal Johnson's -Timeless Wake : The Legacy of the Royal Indian Navy in World War II - India will have comprehensive history of its navy.

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Postby RajD » 11 Dec 2013 13:16

Posting from the link http://idrw.org/?p=30655
A trilling tale of the pilots: Group Capt. Dilip Parulkar and his two fellow pilots who escaped from paki POW camp during 1971 war. The book was released just a few days back.
It says, 'when told to the air chief of that time he dismissed it outright'. So much for the bravery!!
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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Sharma » 19 Dec 2013 16:59

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Eagles Over Bangladesh - Amazon

Eagls Over Bangladesh - Flipkart

E-book edition also coming on 30th Dec, 2013

Book Description
Publication Date: 30 December 2013
In December 1971 Bangladesh was born. Its birthing was among the most painful of any new nation: it had suffered a brutal genocide conducted by its former countrymen from West Pakistan and a war for liberation fought between the indigenous Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army) and the Indian Armed Forces on one side and the West Pakistani Armed Forces on the other. Open war broke out on the Western and Eastern fronts in December 1971. The war ended quickly, with the West Pakistani Army surrendering in Dacca two weeks later. A significant factor in facilitating the Indian Army's rapid progress to Dacca was the Indian Air Force (IAF) which proved itself to be a formidable fighting force. Eagles over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War recounts the IAF offensive over Bangladesh, commencing with the raids on Dacca on the first day of the war and moving on to the final coup de grace delivered on the Governor's House in Dacca. It aims to fill in the gaps regarding a military conflict that took place almost four decades ago.

About the Author
Samir Chopra is Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Samir is a blogger at The Cordon, ESPN-Cricinfo, and at samirchopra.com. He runs a Tumblr at samirchopra.tumblr.com.

P.V.S. Jagan Mohan is a military historian. He has written for Vayu Aerospace Review, the Journal of the Society of Aerospace Studies in India; his photographs have been published in India Today, Indian Express, Air Forces Monthly, Air International, Aero plane Magazine, Fly-past, Flugzeug Classic, Classic Wings Down Under and Wiraze. He maintains a website devoted to vintage aircraft.

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Jagan » 27 Dec 2013 06:34

Thanks for the book plug Sharma.

despite what the write up said - no e-copy or e-book is planned. I have just got several copies of the book shipped to the US. I will be posting a link on the forum with special pricing for the forum members soon.

For those in India - i believe infibeam has the best price options available!

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Postby chackojoseph » 14 Feb 2014 16:34

The Armies of India

First Published in 1911

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Postby chackojoseph » 15 Feb 2014 13:07

History of Indian Navy, 1613 - 1862 - By Charles Rathbone Low, originally published in 1877

History of the Indian Navy 1613–1863

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Postby chackojoseph » 26 Mar 2014 08:49

As a co-author, I have a small contribution to this book by Cmde Ranjit Rai. This book is near first print.

Warring Navies – India and Pakistan

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby rkhanna » 26 Mar 2014 09:57

^^^ When they say covert operations do they mean Sub/surface vessel covert missions or MARCOs lead missions in Sri Lanka and elsewhere which have successfully managed to stay out of public glare for so long?

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Postby chackojoseph » 26 Mar 2014 13:15

Anything that is not advertised and acknowledged is covert. It included Sub, surface and MARCOS ops.

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Postby chackojoseph » 27 Mar 2014 06:58

CONTENTS - WARRING NAVIES - India and Pakistan

A SALUTE TO ADMIRAL S M NANDA PVSM AVSM

PREFACE  AND OVER VIEW OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION TO AUTHOR AND VIEWS BY GEN V. P. MALIK PVSM AVSM

CHAP 1 .....ALL THE WARS -MILITARY LEADERSHIP …
CHAP2 .....OP  'VIJAY'- GOA 1961
CHAP 3 .....NAVY'S 1965 WAR- SWEET FANNY ADAMS
CHAP .4 ....DRAMATISTS PERSONAE OF THE 1971  WAR
CHAP 5 ......THE ORDER OF BATTLE (ORBAT -1971)
CHAP 6 ....THE MUKHTI BAHINI WAR OF LIBERATION
CHAP7 .......THE  VICTORIOUS 1971 WAR …PROLOGUE
CHAP 8.....THE  WAR DAIRY
CHAP 9 .....AMERICA'S TILT TO PAKISTAN-IT WAS ANTI INDIA
CHAP 10....THE OSA MISSILE BOAT’S NECKLACE
CHAP 11.....THE IAF-NAVY ATTACKS ON KARACHI
CHAP 12 ....PNS GHAZI GOES  TO  A WATERY GRAVE
CHAP  13.....INS KHUKRI FALLS PREY TO PNS HANGOR
CHAP 14 .... FORGOTTEN HEROES - ROY CHOU AND AKU ROY
CHAP  15 .....STORIES FROM PAKISTAN - THE BLOODY TELEGRAM
CHAP  16......OP LAL DORA TO MAURITIUS -1983
CHAP 17....,,,NAVY NEARLY MISSED  INS CHAKRA-1
CHAP  18 …..MAKING FLOWERS BLOOM IN SEYCHELLES- 1987
CHAP  19….OP PAWAN IN SRI LANKA 1987-91

MARITIME PERSPECTIVE  BY ADMIRAL VISHNU BHAGWAT PVSM AVSM
THE REGION  BY LT GEN SATISH NAMBIAR PVSM AVSM  VRC (RETD)
CHAP 19 ....EPILOGUE –THE MENTAL MAP MATTERS
APPENDICES

APENDIX 1.  OTHER OPERATIONS BY THE INDIAN NAVY
APPENDIX 2  SIMLA AGREEMENT –AND  HAMADOOR REPORT ( Shortened)
APPENDIX 3  THE FUTURE INDIAN NAVY

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Jagan » 27 Mar 2014 09:34

Chaks, congratulations. Content looks mighty interesting. I will definitely get it when it gets launched.

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Postby chackojoseph » 27 Mar 2014 16:23

Sure Jagan :D . Can deliver in both India and International by India Post. The cart is equipped to handle international purchases too.

Its expected in 2nd week on April. Pre sales have begun with good amount of orders. We are yet to announce it on newspapers, etc. We will be the only one taking orders and shipping initially.

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Postby chackojoseph » 30 Apr 2014 21:41

Warring Navies – India and Pakistan

Please to announce that the book sales have begun. Shipping starts on May 2. finally, I am an author (even if co-author). :D

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby rohitvats » 01 May 2014 13:27

chackojoseph wrote:Warring Navies – India and Pakistan

Please to announce that the book sales have begun. Shipping starts on May 2. finally, I am an author (even if co-author). :D


Many congratulations...you've a ready buyer here!

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Postby chackojoseph » 01 May 2014 14:17

rohitvats wrote:
chackojoseph wrote:Warring Navies – India and Pakistan

Please to announce that the book sales have begun. Shipping starts on May 2. finally, I am an author (even if co-author). :D


Many congratulations...you've a ready buyer here!


Thank you very much :D , the book can be purchased via the cart link above or contact esales@frontierindia.com if one doesn't have credit card or have difficulties.

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Postby chackojoseph » 10 May 2014 05:34

I have added paypal payment for the International shipments. It will stop manual intervention.

http://frontierindia.com/international/ ... -pakistan/

One more more popularly shipped books is

http://frontierindia.com/international/ ... ld-war-ii/

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Postby Leo.Davidson » 15 May 2014 18:01

'To show their contempt for death, some Sikhs had refused to hide in the trenches'

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/14/excerpts-guardian-reporting-first-world-war

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Postby chackojoseph » 30 May 2014 08:19

This is a syllabus book, but its not mentioned for which institution. Priced Rs 850 . Some interesting points are why prithvi cannot be intercepted, Dhanush as underwater launched missile etc.

Indian Missile Programme

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For international buyers http://frontierindia.com/international/ ... programme/

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Sanjay » 27 Jun 2014 06:34

A question - does anyone know where I can hunt down a copy of "Citizens Army - a Coffee Table book by Directorate TA". Any assistance greatly appreciated.

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Postby Rupesh » 14 Jul 2014 08:31

THE PATH UNEXPLORED by A. Sivathanu Pillai

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This book describes the journey of BrahMos which made India a World Leader in missile technology with the fastest, high precision supersonic cruise Missile, realized in short time with a novel collaborative effort between India and Russia. It is the first time experience in an unexplored path to demonstrate " we can do it".

The book captures the story behind the out-of-the-box-thinking that resulted in the launch of BrahMos from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “We decided to conduct a flight trial in the Andaman Islands, as it was not possible for us to locate land target in the mainland of India. Everyone said it would not be possible to get the environmental clearance because of the presence of rare species of flora and fauna in most of the uninhabited islands and those occupied by the tribal natives. But, we convinced the authorities that the missile is so accurate and the target will be positioned in the large sandy area surrounded by rocks and a few coconut trees. We assured them that even a single coconut tree will not be affected,” recalls Pillai in the book, which is split into 10 sections.

The Navy’s decision to fire BrahMos from INS Rajput to test various flight profiles and validate the missile’s targeting capability was a challenge to team BrahMos. “The Navy’s decommissioned ship ‘Ex INS Androth’ was the target this time. The missile pierced the target and we sent a chopper to see the target’s status. The first message was that the target was looking normal, post-impact. As the helicopter approached the vessel, the pilot spotted a “big hole in the target”. This is called a Bull’s Eye hit. The trial was a great success and the Navy had a grand party at sea onboard INS Rajput,” says the book. A formal presentation of the book is being held at the BrahMos HQ in Delhi on July 14.

It can be purchased from flipkart

http://www.aspillai.com/book/index.php#page_2/

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Postby chackojoseph » 19 Jul 2014 17:51

Warring Navies

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Timeless Wake

Now made available on Amazon.in

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby anirban_aim » 19 Jul 2014 21:19

Rakshaks,

I am looking for 2 books

1. " A Soldier Recalls" by Lt Gen SK Sinha
2. "IPKF in Sri Lanka" by Lt Gen Depinder Singh

Both are currently out of print.

Can anyone point me to a source from where I can acquire these. I have already tried websites like olx and quickr to no no avail.

I am interested in outright purchase only not in libraries or read and return type arrangements

Help appreciated. I am based in Bangalore.

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Postby chackojoseph » 21 Jul 2014 10:00

Resurrection of a book which had died premature 10 years back. I will make this book available in India in few months.

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http://www.amazon.com/Indian-Air-Force- ... 500542377/

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Postby chackojoseph » 03 Sep 2014 15:48

The above book is now available in India. It has gone for printing

An Indian Air Force Officer Recollects

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Haresh » 03 Sep 2014 16:39

Hello,

Can anyone help please?

I am looking for a book called "Soldiering with faith- the story of the Sikh Light Infantry"

I''m in London and can't find a seller.
Does anyone know the ISBN details or how I could get it from here.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Surya » 03 Sep 2014 19:21

can any chennai resident confirm which bookstore -Siachen Saga would be available

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Postby chackojoseph » 04 Sep 2014 10:06

Haresh wrote:Hello,

Can anyone help please?

I am looking for a book called "Soldiering with faith- the story of the Sikh Light Infantry"

I''m in London and can't find a seller.
Does anyone know the ISBN details or how I could get it from here.

Thanks in advance


It's published by Sikh LI Regimental Centre, Fatehgarh. It will be extremely difficult to source it.

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Hobbes » 05 Sep 2014 08:36

One book that is out of print but IMO is mandatory reading for anyone with interest in India's defence is The Guilty Men of 1962 by D R Mankekar. Is there an eBook available, or can anyone (hint, hint Chackoji) publish a fresh edition?

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby member_27862 » 05 Sep 2014 10:14

Hobbes wrote:One book that is out of print but IMO is mandatory reading for anyone with interest in India's defence is The Guilty Men of 1962 by D R Mankekar. Is there an eBook available, or can anyone (hint, hint Chackoji) publish a fresh edition?


Superb book.....

can only be found through used book sites around the world. I bought my copy last year for $ 50 (with shipping). But a must read beyond Dalvi and Maxwell's books to complete a perfect triology on the 1962 war.

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby Hobbes » 06 Sep 2014 10:07

sameerjoshi wrote:
Hobbes wrote:One book that is out of print but IMO is mandatory reading for anyone with interest in India's defence is The Guilty Men of 1962 by D R Mankekar. Is there an eBook available, or can anyone (hint, hint Chackoji) publish a fresh edition?


Superb book.....

can only be found through used book sites around the world. I bought my copy last year for $ 50 (with shipping). But a must read beyond Dalvi and Maxwell's books to complete a perfect triology on the 1962 war.


To be honest, I don't much care for that venomous a**h*le Neville Maxwell. Brig Dalvi's book is of course along with Mankekar, mandatory reading for every student of Indian military history. The tragedy is that I had both of them, an inheritance from my father, but they've gotten lost in the passage of years.

Any chance you can scan your copy? I'd be happy to OCR it for wider distribution in case the copyright permits - or maybe we can get permission.

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Re: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History

Postby chackojoseph » 06 Sep 2014 14:02

Hobbes wrote:One book that is out of print but IMO is mandatory reading for anyone with interest in India's defence is The Guilty Men of 1962 by D R Mankekar. Is there an eBook available, or can anyone (hint, hint Chackoji) publish a fresh edition?


Let me look into it.

BTW, i posses the only new copy of Devil and His Dart: How the CIA is Plotting in the Third World


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