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Author: Ashok Kalyan Verma
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173044112
The continuum of tactical victory followed by strategic failure has been the baneful pattern of
India’s handling of vital security related issues since Independence. Kargil: Blood on the Snow is a comprehensive military analysis, focusing on this issue. It is a forthright and compelling look at the military aspects of the ongoing struggle for Kashmir, with a penetrating historical insight even into the causes of Partition itself. Since the Kashmir issue remains a live one, it deserves careful attention.
The Kargil war of 1999 has been India’s first televised war. It aroused strong and widespread feelings of dismay as to how the security apparatus, particularly the Army, failed in preventing such an occurrence. This book provides some answers as to why an overall impression of a cover-up still lingers.
It also takes a look at the human face of warfare in the high Himalayas, and provides an insight into the psyche and spiritual make-up of the Indian soldier in combat. This study will be of considerable interest to defence strategists, political scientists, historians, media professionals as well as the lay person.