Wednesday, June 29, 2005

INDIA: A history of Intelligence failure

After the war of 1971, I was deputed by defence secretary K B Lall to write a history of the war for the Annual Report of the Ministry of Defence of 1972. I was briefed by Maj General I S Gill who was then Director of Military Operations. The operational directives did not include such war aims as Kissinger claimed Indira Gandhi spelt out. In fact, they were very modest. In the East it was to capture as much territory as possible. In the West it was restricted to carry out the fighting to the extent possible on Pakistani soil. General Jacob, who was then Chief of Staff of our Eastern Command, has brought out in his book, Surrender at Dacca, that the war aim did not specifically include the capture of Dacca.

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