New Delhi – 7 Days ItineraryJuly 21, 2019
We have been reading of the ancient world of Atlantis where women ruled and we now have women recruits in most armies of the world including the United States, Russia and India. But the question that begets an answer is to how efficient or potent women as soldiers are, compared to men. For centuries women did accompany men into combat but as ‘camp followers’. Their purpose was to provide comfort and sex to men after the heat of battle. Camp followers have been seen in the American Civil war as well as the British campaigns in the sub continent. Camp followers are civilians who follow a military unit from place to place, especially as vendors of supplies or as prostitutes.
Manohar Malgonkar was born in 1912 and had his education at Bombay where he graduated in English and Sanskrit. Manohar could trace his lineage to the royal family with roots in Goa and after graduation he took to big game hunting and also shot 8 tigers. But he soon gave up the sport and became a staunch conservationist of wild life.
Make sure to carry your own drinking water supply as you may not be able to leave your seat till this parade ends. Some light snacks can also be kept with you. However, recent security measures do not allow the food items. I was lucky to see this parade before around 5 years when I was incidentally in Delhi on 26th January. Many foreigners visit Delhi in such a way that they can see this most beautiful and exquisite event of India.
The Eastern Command was in existence, but the IAF never carried out any exercises for hill attacks and operations. All the exercises were carried out for operations in the plains. This is hard to stomach now and the role of successive Air Chiefs from Air Marshal S Mukherjee down wards needs evaluation. The IAF was not conditioned for any form of operation in the hills and the heights of the Himalayas. However the IAF was combat ready for operations in the plains. Thus when the PLA moved in a logical corollary would have been to use the IAF as a ground support to blunt the Chinese offensive. This however did not happen and the Army fought it’s battle without Air Support. Thus the cardinal principle of Douhet was thrown to the winds.
Shopping centers are also very attractive for the tourists when they are in Chandigarh. Many new shops and shopping malls are there in different parts of the city. The tourists will get vibrant color of the market in the evening and they will get different things for the relatives and near ones. Thus in Chandigarh you will come across with a unique blend of natural and artificial spots of tourism.
In 1984 India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in reprisal for the Indian Army Rally attack on a Sikh shrine four months earlier.
Amitabh remained so quiet in the house that, sometimes, I had to force myself to believe that he was there. He never talked about Mohan. I would mostly go alone to meet my son because my husband didn’t even talk about him. Once or twice, Amitabh accompanied me but he remained outside the central jail. This time I didn’t force him. I took the car and drove myself. There were hundreds of thoughts in my mind. To take our driver along meant to give vent to more rumors about our family. Already, we had been ridiculed and shunned by the society.
The Japanese were pushed back through Burma. It was bitter fighting but the ‘Forgotten army’ carried the day. Now when more that 60 years have elapsed it is incumbent on historians to give credit to Field Marshal Slim’s forgotten army. The soldiers who fought along with this army certainly deserve it.