July 26, 2013 2:50:35 am
In the early part of 1999,several points on the Indian side of the LoC in the Mashkoh,Dras,Kaksar and Batalik areas were occupied by forces claiming to be Mujahideens. Suspecting involvement of the Pakistan Army,Indian forces started reacting to this occupation. This led to a confrontation between the two countries. This is known as the Kargil conflict. This conflict went on during May and June 1999. By 26 July 1999,India had recovered control of many of the lost points. The Kargil conflict drew attention worldwide for the reason that only one year prior to that,both India and Pakistan had attained nuclear capability. However,this conflict remained confined only to the Kargil region. In Pakistan,this conflict has been the source of a major controversy as it was alleged later that the Prime Minister of Pakistan was kept in the dark by the Army Chief. Soon after the conflict,the government of Pakistan was taken over by the Pakistan Army led by the Army Chief,General Parvez Musharraf.”
35,000 news clippings in 250-page book
In August 1999 content developer Milind Verlekar felt the need to compile the history of Kargil war he witnessed,in an easy-to-understand book. Kargil,Kay Ghadle Ani Kase Jinkle (Kargil- What Happened and How the Victory was Achieved) was is a compilation of 35,000 news clippings from across the country. The book has had five editions and has sold 5000 copies in each. The idea of the book generated from a thought as to how would I tell my son/ future generations about the heroic war our forces fought? I approached publishers who told me that the book cannot be priced below Rs 300. I then stood in Alka Talkies Chowk and asked rickshaw drivers as to what price they can afford. They were representatives of the common people who wanted to be buyers. The price of the book was fixed at Rs 50, said Verlekar. The book is published in four languages,Hindi,English,Gujarati and Sanskrit.
Comic on Captain Vikram Batra
In 2009,Maj Gen (retd) G D Bakshi and his son Aditya Bakshi released a comic titled,Yeh Dil Mange More. The comic sought to create a new mythology of post-Independence heroes in the form of graphic war novels on the lives and exploits of our PVC and AC winners to start with. The initial emphasis is on the heroes of the present. It will then recede to the 1971 War,1965 and finally to 1962 and 1947-48 conflicts. That is the route of regression into our collective unconscious, says Gen Bakshi. In his words,the basic idea behind these war comics is not comical. It is profoundly serious and thought provoking and we need to think deeply about it, said Bakshi. The comic has sold 10,000 copies in schools,colleges and various institutions and Bakshi said that there are plans to translate the book into Hindi soon.
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