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Kargil Remembered

Looking back, it is clear the most serious lapses were not before but after the war, and in the ministry of defence.

Kargil Remembered
Kargil Remembered
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Human memory tends to be short. So it is not surprising that a year after the Kargil war, the media has chosen to remember the shortcomings in equipment and intelligence the war revealed and overlook the high degree of professionalism and organisational skill, not to mention sheer heroism, that the army displayed. This wouldn't have mattered if it did not affect morale and battle-readiness in the future. But that is what it is threatening to do. This is therefore an attempt to remember both dispassionately, with the benefit of time.

Pakistan's infiltration and capture of the Kargil ridges was a tactical coup. But not anticipating that they might want to do this, when the sector had been quiet for 30 years, was not the enormous oversight that it's been made out to be. Indian forces in the Kargil area were deployed with the aim of preventing an invasion from the north. With this in mind, they had blocked the five easiest access routes for an invading force from Skardu. Till 1999, neither side had thought of occupying the high ridges in between.

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