War Despatches 1971

Foreword:Maroof Raza

Military Hardcover, Kindle Edition English372 Pages

This book is a lucid retelling of the triumphs, the many horrors, the challenges, and the many battles the soldiers fought and won within and outside, to put India first. A young officer who was taken prisoner, a Naval captain who left home days before his wedding, the fond memory of a martyred Lance Naik who threw himself before the enemy to help win a bigger battle, and so on. Fifty years later, Brig. B. S. Mehta brings together accounts from 29 brave Indian soldiers of the Eastern and Western Sector on what it meant to be young and in the line of fire.

About the authors

Brigadier B.S. Mehta

Brigadier B.S. Mehta comes from an illustrious military family, with four brothers having fought in the War of 1971. Commissioned into 45 CAVALRY in 1966, he later raised the 13 Armoured Regiment. He has served in all the Strike Corps and also an Infantry and Mountain Division with distinction. He has worked on deputation with the Cabinet Secretariat. He took premature retirement in 1998 to serve as Director with the Government of Gujarat. He ran the first course for retiring defence personnel at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad in 2000, which became the forerunner for similar courses run by Indian Institutes of Management. He spent the next 16 years in Higher Education to finally demit as Vice Chancellor of Maharishi University of Management and Technology in 2016. Post retirement, he works as an advisor to Gujarat-based NGOs helping families and dependents of martyrs.