Book Details

Book title: Surprise, Strategy and `Vijay`: 20 Years of Kargil and Beyond
Author(s): V K Ahluwalia & Narjit Singh
ISBN: 9789386618948
Publication Year: 2019
Binding: HB
Pages: 336
Price: Rs. 1195 Rs. 1195
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Surprise, Strategy and `Vijay`: 20 Years of Kargil and Beyond Talks about the lesser known facts and accounts of the intrusions and the war from various commanders and officers, some of whom have also served during the conflict. The Book has been divided into five parts. The first part titled, ‘Blood, Guts and Glory,’ briefly discusses the actual battles fought in Dras, Mushkoh, Batalik, Kaksar and Turtuk sub-sectors, to evict the Pakistani intruders from the dominating heights in the Kargil region. The aim was to restore the LoC to its originally held positions. The second part analyses the supporting forces which synergised the effort to victory, in the true spirit of ‘Op Vijay’. In the third part, individual officers, associated with Kargil, have shared their perceptions and opinions about the Kargil conflict and the scenario after 20 years. In fourth part that focuses on ‘Motivation;’ and reflects the saga of courage and valour of the Indian Armed Forces, and the junior leadership, during the summer of 1999. Fifth Part, ‘Emerging Challenges and the Way Ahead’ looks at the emerging global-cum-regional scenario, the envisaged threats, our preparedness, and makes substantial recommendations to face the conflicts of the future. 
The forecasts provided by some of the most senior military officers of the country would give a sneak peek into the emerging challenges of the future and India’s preparatory responses to them. Given the emerging world order and the revolutionary changes in technology and character of conflicts, the book restates the fundamental focus of the Indian Armed forces: to be prepared to face the envisaged threats and challenges of the future.

ABOUT Author


Lt General (Dr) VK  Ahluwalia, PVSM, AVSM**, YSM, VSM (Retd), the General commanded an  infantry brigade, mountain division and corps in Uri- Baramulla, Kargil   and Leh-Ladakh sectors respectively. After his retirement as the Army Commander, Central Command in 2012, he served as Member Armed Forces Tribunal till 2017. He has authored a Book, titled, Red Revolution 2020 and Beyond. Currently, he is the Director, CLAWS.

Col Narjit Singh (Retd), commissioned into   2 Lancers (1978), served in 2005 in the 8 Mountain Division Headquarters. The officer was enthrusted with the project of making a documentary on Kargil War. The documentary named “The Kargil War” was widely released within the army formations and other institutions and was well appreciated.

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