5 Important Events Related to Indian Defence
“God bless the Union; it is dearer to us for the blood of brave men which has been shed in its defence.” Edward Everett
Defence is often considered key to the growth and development of a nation, especially when the one in question is the world’s largest democracy. The road after Independence has been an exciting one for India that witnessed a series of events -- from Hari Singh (ruler of Jammu & Kashmir in 1947) signing an Instrument of Accession in favour of India to gaining nuclear power. Read on to recall some defining moments in India’s defence history.
First Kashmir War
The Indo-Pakistani war of 1947, also known as the First Kashmir War, was fought over the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir from 1947 to 1948. The inconclusive aspect of the war still affects the geo-political scenario of the area. When Pakistan attacked Jammu, Hari Singh (the then ruler of the state) sought help from the Indian government, which the latter obliged in exchange of a signed Instrument of Accession in favour of India.
Bangladesh Liberation War
The year 1971 saw the creation of a new country in the form of Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan. The Indian trident of army, navy, and airforce stood firmly by the side of Bangladeshi nationalist forces and sealed victory in just 13 days.
April 13, 1984, saw the Indian Air Force successfully launch a unique operation, known as Operation Meghdoot, to capture the Siachen glacier in the highest battlefield of the world. The troops involved in this daunting mission were acclimatised perfectly through a training exercise in Antarctica. The entire operation resulted in Pakistan losing around 1000 sq mi of territory to India.
INS Arihant is expected to be a shining feather in the crown of Indian Navy that will make the largest democracy a force to reckon with. This indigenously developed nuclear submarine is said to have passed all necessary tests and is waiting for a formal announcement from the Prime Minister. With the induction of INS Arihant, India will join the shortlist of superpowers that possess the engineering, designing, and operating knowledge of a nuclear submarine.
Operation Shakti was the brainchild of late APJ Abdul Kalam-headed DRDO that made India a full-fledged nuclear state. A series of five successful detonations including one fusion and four fission bombs in Pokhran was the top story across the globe in May 1998. The entire series of tests was originally called Operation Shakti– 98 (Power–98). Recently, the operation has been renamed as Pokhran- II.
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