1965 Turning the Tide

1965 Turning the Tide

by Nitin A Gokhale

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1965 Turning the Tide by Nitin A Gokhale

Fifty years in a nation's life is a small period of time. However, it is quite likely that collective memory will have faded about several events…and so it is with the 1965 war that India was dragged into by Pakistan's chronic insecurities and territorial ambitions. This time in the form of a forcible attempt to annex Kashmir. Today, the details of the war that came between the tragedy of 1962 and the triumph of 1971 are hazy in the memory of the country.
But it is a story that needs to be retold. Caught by surprise at the Pakistani offensive, India, then struggling as a nation, responded with extraordinary zeal and turned the tide in a war Pakistan thought it would win because of its superior weapons and tactics.
But as the outcome of the 1965 war tells us, Pakistan not only failed to achieve any of its strategic objectives but had to suffer a massive setback, thanks to a combination of resolute political leadership, the brave Indian soldiers and determined citizens. This then is the account of the war that India has largely forgotten. In this meticulously researched and fast paced book, journalist and national security analyst Nitin A. Gokhale, has produced a formidable and comprehensive evaluation of the events and aftermath of the ferocious Indo-Pak war of 1965.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789386141217
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Nitin A. Gokhale, a multi-media reporter since 1983, has recently made a transition from being a full-time journalist to becoming an author, media trainer and researcher. Author of four books on military, conflicts and wars before this, Gokhale also makes documentaries and is a regular visiting faculty at top defence institutions in the country.

Table of Contents


The Context: The Indian Sub-continent in 1965
The Opening Gambit: The Kutch Conflict
The Battle that Changed the Momentum: Moral Booster in Kargil
A Devious Campaign to Capture Kashmir: Thwarting Pakistan's Design
Haji Pir: Taking the Battle to the Enemy: Capturing a Vital Height
A Daring Thrust that Fell Short: Blundering Pakistan Leadership
Catching Pakistan by Surprise: Threatening Lahore
Tale of Missed Opportunities: A Knockout Punch that Wasn't
Peace Moves: International Mediation
Straining at the Leash: A Role Denied
All Round Support: A National Effort
Victory against All Odds: An Assertive India
Appendix 1: Kutch Agreement
Appendix 2: Rise to Meet the Challenge
Appendix 3: We Must not Slacken
Appendix 4: Approximate Military Strength of India and Pakistan on 1 September 1965
Appendix 5: Tashkent DeclarationBibliography

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