28 September, 2020

'Threat Of Nuclear War In Kargil Was A Bogey'

The man in charge of the air operations during the Kargil war on the command and control failure in the army, the flawed military advice given to the then political leadership and more...

Sanjoy Ghosh
'Threat Of Nuclear War In Kargil Was A Bogey'
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
As the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal Vinod Patney was the man in charge of the air operations during the Kargil war. He was awarded a Sarvottam Yudh Seva medal for his role in the operations. Soon after Kargil, Patney—commissioned in the fighter stream and awarded a Vir Chakra for gallantry during the 1965 war—took over as the vice chief of air staff and was witness to the efforts made to plug the gaping holes in the security establishment post-Kargil.

A week after Outlook published relevant sections of an internal assessment of the Kargil war by the army, Patney spoke to Saikat Datta on various aspects of how the war was fought. He also raises pertinent questions on the command and control failure in the army, the flawed military advice given to the then political leadership and refutes the contention that the Indian air force was in any way responsible for the delay in air operations. Excerpts from the interview:


Much has been made of the fact that air operations were introduced only on May 25. You were the AOC-in-c...
unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

More from Saikat Datta


Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section