30 July, 2021

Forward Line Notes

Finally, a book that eschews theory and focuses on the Kargil conflict from the perspective of the ordinary footsoldier

Forward Line Notes
A novel phenomenon in subcontinental military conflicts emerged during the Kargil war in 1999. This was the appearance of print and audio-visual media correspondents in operational fronts. This was perhaps the first time that a large number of young media representatives were allowed to witness the conflict first hand by being given access to forward areas. The visuals and on-the-spot commentaries between mid-May and August-September 1999 brought the realities of the Kargil war into the drawing rooms and 'chaupals' of Indian homes. This process of transparency and spontaneous public attention about our security concerns has found additional content in the form of a number of books and monographs about the Kargil conflict which have been appearing in print since October-November last year.

Despatches from Kargil is part of this genre of books. Srinjoy reported on the Kargil war for the Statesman and the book is perhaps a modified, integrated, at times paraphrased, at times extended version of his despatches covering the conflict. It is a crisply written account of the...

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