Thursday, Dec 09, 2021
Outlook.com
opinion

The Wages Of Peace

Kargil was actually about Siachen. India must remember that.

The Wages Of Peace
Jitender Gupta
The Wages Of Peace
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Last July, sitting in Dras in the middle of a two-day celebration of India’s 1999 Kargil military victory, I was interviewing Lt Gen K.T. Parnaik, who leads the Indian army’s northern command. Among other issues, the general, one of the seniormost military leaders of the nation, spoke candidly of the 2010 unrest in Kashmir, the presence of Chinese troops in northern parts of Pakistan, India’s ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure along the China border and, towards the end of the interview, about the growing demands for the withdrawal of Indian troops from the Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battleground.

One sentence in the general’s elaborate answer to the question on Siachen struck me as particularly significant. “Don’t forget, Kargil happened because of Sia­chen. Why did they do Kar­­gil?” he asks. “If you per­­use their records, which are now out in the public, one of the major objectives of what they did in Kargil was to force us to vacate the Siachen glacier. Now, if that is their intent and that is their credibility, it is up to you to judge whether we should be really vacating the glacier or not.”

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash | A Nation Mourns

Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash | A Nation Mourns

The IAF helicopter which crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, was flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington with 14 personnel including senior officials on board.

Obituary | CDS General Bipin Rawat - A Saga Of Valour And Excellence

Obituary | CDS General Bipin Rawat - A Saga Of Valour And Excellence

General Bipin Laxman Singh Rawat held the status of a four star general of the Indian Army. He took over as the 27th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on December 17, 2016.

Ashes, 1st Test, Day 2 LIVE: Robinson Gets Harris Early

Ashes, 1st Test, Day 2 LIVE: Robinson Gets Harris Early

Get here live cricket scores of day 2 of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Pat Cummins has given Australia a head start with a five-wicket haul on Day 1.

IAF’s Mi-17V5: All About The Helicopter That Crashed Carrying India First CDS Bipin Rawat

IAF’s Mi-17V5: All About The Helicopter That Crashed Carrying India First CDS Bipin Rawat

IAF’s Mi-17V5 helicopter is one of the most advanced military aircrafts equipped with advanced technology to help it to traverse adverse climatic and war situations.