Line of Control Current Affairs - 2020

November 23: Poonch Link up Day celebrated by Indian Army

Indian Army on November 23, 2019 commemorated the Poonch Link-up Day. The even was organized to pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lived defending Poonch during the conflict in 1948

Highlights

The army laid its wreath at the War Memorial in the Poonch District. The event was conducted to mark Operation Easy that was aimed to defend the Poonch district from the invading Pakistan. On the sidelines of the commemoration, several welfare events were organized. The physically challenged people in the local were provided with two wheelers and wheel chairs. As a part of the event, Volleyball championship and hockey tournaments were also held.

Poonch District

The Poonch district is bounded by Line of Control on all three sides. In 1947-48 war, the district was divided between India and Pakistan. A part of the district went to Pakistan and the other part became a part of the then Indian state Jammu and Kashmir.

1947 war

The 1947 war also called the First Kashmir War was the first of the four wars fought between India and Pakistan. Pakistan after a few weeks of its independence launched the Lashkar tribals with the intention of capturing Kashmir. The then ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh requested India to help him. India retaliated and won the war.

A Prime Minister to Remember: Book by Former Navy Chief released

A book titled ‘A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief’, authored by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar recently released highlights the key defence related decisions taken by former Prime Minister of India Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Admiral Kumar served as Navy Chief between 1998 and 2001 and also oversaw Kargil conflict in 1999.

Key Highlights from Book

The book by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar reads that 1999 Kargil conflict was Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “finest hour”.

He credits Vajpayee for turning the strategic tactical loss into a massive victory and for which he gave full credit to Armed Forces. Vajpayee instructed armed to not cross LoC (Line of Control), but drive them [Pakistan] away, telling this as his best master stroke Adm. kumar observed that Mr. Vajpayee knew the value of restraint.

In the wake of the Parliament terror attack (December 13, 2001) Vajpayee wanted to hit a Pakistani Army camp but was forced to drop plan at last moment as it got relocated.

Admiral kumar also says that while then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh wanted India to support United States war on Afghanistan in wake of 9/11 terrorist attack, but the military chiefs disagreed and Vajpayee diplomatically went with latter option.

He mention that Operation Parakram that was called after Parliament attack was not the military’s finest hour.