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Looking Back at 1971: War that created a new nation
Posted:Dec 4, 2016
 
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By Harish Khare
 
India had not sought the 1971 War. It was a conflict that was imposed on India by Pakistan and its bumbling generals. In the end, it became — and, remains — the perfect example of  statecraft, with a national leadership displaying the requisite  competence and self-assurance, optimally mobilising the nation’s intellectual, bureaucratic, diplomatic and defence resources, to accomplish the intended goals.
 
The 1971 War constitutes the only example in our recent history when our armed forces not only inflicted a crushing defeat on the adversary but also forced the vanquished enemy to sign an instrument of surrender. 
 
 
The Tribune, December 5, 2016
 
 
 
 
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