Col (Retd.) Jaibans Singh, a reputed Defence and Security Expert, addressed gatherings of students, academicians and eminent citizens at University of Gujarat in the morning of 26th July at the University Campus and a similar gathering at MS University, Vadodra, in the evening.
He described the Kargil battle as one with no comparison in the annals of military history. The courage and commitment of young Indian soldiers who fought the war under leadership of committed and professional senior officers caused an ignominious defeat to Pakistan Army who had ingressed Indian territories in a duplicitous manner.
Jaibans Singh explained that Pakistan launched the operation on the basis of a weak plan mainly to avenge the humiliation of its losing the Siachen Glacier to India. In the process it led to certain death of its soldiers from the Northern Light Infantry, who were chosen to be the cannon fodder for their misadventure. These simple soldiers of the Northern Light Infantry belong to the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
India needs to ensure that its armed forces are not found wanting in any military requirement so that the enemy remains dissuaded from planning any such misadventure in future.
While speaking on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Col. Singh said that the policy of the government to boost development with zero tolerance to terror and disruptive activities is being welcomed by the common man of the region and paying good political and social dividends. Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. Terrorism is on the decline and will soon be totally eradicated.