I can’t believe my ears that all this is being said for my handsome and brilliant son, Mohan, who had grown up under the disciplined guidance of my disciplined father. How proud I used to feel when I would see him with his grandfather. I don’t know where we went wrong in our parenting of that son! How happy he was in his Engineering College in Pune?
The Second World War followed and again the Sikh regiments fought for the empire with great loyalty and bravery. A few Sikh soldiers who were taken POW did join The Indian National Army led by Netaji Subhas Bose but they were a minuscule minority and the majority of Sikh soldiery remained loyal to the Raj. It is worth noting that over 83000 Sikh wearing the turban died during the two world wars fighting for the British.
The Air Chief himself perhaps was too numbed by the turn of events. In addition the fact that the IAF had never even had a practice exercise in hill operations, must have weighed heavily on the Air Chief. For this alone Air Marshal Aspi Engineer must stand in the dock as he headed the IAF at that time. Another point is the psychosis of fear that was built up about the capability of the PLAAF which was greatly exaggerated. In real terms the Peoples Army Air Force had outdated aircraft which could not operate with full payload from the airfields in Tibet because of the height factor of the airfields.
The establishment of the cantonment reads like a fairy tale. It starts with the battle of Mahidpur in 1818 when the Marathas under Holkar fought the English under Sir Thomas Hislop. The British won the battle and Holkar had to cede some land to the English near his capital at Indore. The treaty of Mandsaur which Holkar signed gave the British the legitimate right to set up a cantonment. This they duly did at MHOW about 15 miles from Indore.
Understand your goal i.e. NDA. Make yourself familiar with the syllabus and the tentative dates of the exam. Plan your weekly schedule and cover each topic.
The limitations given to a woman are a gift of God. Her periodic cycle and general lack of physical strength can be a handicap. Recently when the BSF (Border Security Force) in India recruited a battalion of women and placed them on the Pakistan border the Pakis made snide remarks to the effect that the women soldiers would be ‘under’ the Indian Army Rally.
Lotus Temple is another notable place in Delhi and you can choose evening to visit there. The tourists from all over the world come here, as it is open for the people of different community. However, they have to maintain silence and peace inside the temple. Mughal Garden is a combination of Mughal and British style. It was built for Lady Harding. The tourists can visit this place in late evening and the garden is beautifully decorated.
The Japanese were pushed back through Burma. It was bitter fighting but the ‘Forgotten army’ carried the day. Now when more that 60 years have elapsed it is incumbent on historians to give credit to Field Marshal Slim’s forgotten army. The soldiers who fought along with this army certainly deserve it.