Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, December 7
A 3-day (December 7-9) annual army literature pageant kicked off right here on Friday with a whole bunch of schoolchildren, army historians from India and overseas, authors, and serving and retired army personnel in attendance.
The pageant–that is the second version, the primary one being final year–will have film reveals, dialogue of varied wars and even one on spies.
Notable among the many discussions is the one on Anglo-Sikh Battle (1846); the contribution of Indians to World Battle I; the assault by the Indian Navy on Karachi Harbour through the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict; the usage of Air Drive through the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict; the ‘over hold’ of the Sino-India conflict in 1962; and armoured operations of the 1965 conflict.
Punjab Governor VPS Badnore inaugurated it with the promise that the pageant would continue to grow larger. “I’m positive it won’t solely be restricted or confined to the World Wars that we talked about however the heroism and unparalleled braveness of the good Maharana Pratap, Shivaji and lots of different such warriors on the Indian soil.”
“The Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic, was set on this very area. We will probably be discussing all this and extra,” the Governor mentioned.
Punjab, he mentioned, had been proudly often known as the sword arm of India. “It has borne the brunt of ruthless invaders since occasions immemorial. Historical past has it that the individuals of this land had been subjected to untold horrors and deprivations over the ages. Repeated wars gave delivery to a hardy inhabitants that introduced forth some the best warriors who walked the earth. With conflict got here sacrifices that spurred nice tales of heroism and valour.”
Western Military Commander Lt Gen Surinder Singh reminded the viewers, “Wars will not be kinetic as they had been. We could transfer onto area of area conflict, cyber warfare and knowledge warfare and newer domains of conflict preventing.”
He mentioned, “On this area, many nice battles had been fought; many generals had commanded males to conflict. Many males have made sacrifices. The sovereignty has been earned with the sweat and blood of our troopers. It’s good that these tales are advised.”
He steered that the army literature pageant put in place a construction that grew to become stronger because the years handed. “As we transfer ahead we should develop this discourse to be taught from battles and wars from internationally.”
Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd), senior adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister and Chairman of the Navy Literature Pageant, was frank in saying, “Soldier shouldn’t be a killer; he’s a warrior; he should know methods to deal with weapons of the long run. He must be compassionate.”