Krishnaghati Brigade did exactly that with the war veterans and veer naris as the nostalgia of the past came back gushing and flooding the mind with the great acts of bravery enacted then!
‘ In practice we always base our preparations against an enemy on the assumption that his plans are good; indeed, it is right to rest our hopes not on a belief in his blunders, but on the soundness of our provisions. Nor ought we to believe that there is much difference between man and man, but to think that the superiority lies with him who is reared in the severest school.’
Lt Gen M V Suchindra Kumar, YSM, VSM, GOC 16 Corps felicitated war veterans, ESMs, Veer Naris and widows and thanked them for their invaluable contribution.
Everyone knows the unforgettable event in 1971 when the Indian Army steam rolled over Pakistan to establish one of the greatest victories of Indian army.
It was a complete package, supreme leadership, great planning in which the best plans were laid, the officers and men knew that their job was cut out and that was to deliver a sledge hammer punch which was and finally it was the surrender with Pakistan Army left with no options.
Once you start reading about the famous battles, the deeds of chivalry, humanity and the devotion to the task at hand anyone can feel the rush of adrenaline in his arteries and veins as the heart pumps hard. This is the feeling that is generated when you read the valorous deeds whether on ground, air or the sea.
They have been all documented and some great literature is available on the war and the battles and it should be read because this legacy simply cannot be forgotten.
This was the reason as to why Krishnaghati Brigade organized a get together to celebrate the 50th year of the stupendous victory crafted by the Indian Army.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. This was precisely what the Indian Armed forces did when they knocked off each and every challenge that Pakistan threw.
Men who are capable of real action as Indians were, first make their plans and they are done immaculately and then go forward without hesitation as they did while Pakistan had still not made up their minds. They never thought that such a volatile rebuttal would come. In any case it was destined to come! And by the time Pakistan realized that what hit them the war was over!
On the ridge line on top of the hill which separates POK and Mendhar sit the brave troops of Krishnaghati Brigade as alert as ever and as humane as a sweet bottle of chilled fluid that moistens a parched throat as the sun breathes down flames. Three wars with Pakistan and all three won by the Indian Army is something that has gone down in the annals of history in italicized fluorescent colors, the hues of which will never vanish. Some great battles have been fought on this ridge line and one that was the greatest was the battle of Topa in 1965. Here is a small little brief of that:
I. Battle of Topa: India-Pakistan War (1965)
From anti infiltration operations conducted by the battalion from 5 August 1965 onwards in Rajouri and Mendhar Sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, it was evident that many strong infiltrating columns of Pakistani Army had been sent into our territory as part of Pakistan’s ‘Operation Gibraltar’. By the third week of August 65, Headquarter 52 Mountain Brigade (Brigadier later Lieutenant General R D Hira, MVC) had been inducted into the sector for clearance of infiltrators from Mendhar, Surankote and Krishna Ghati area. For the operations 4/5 GR (FF), 14 Kumaon and 3/11 GR were put under command of the brigade and made responsible for anti infiltration operations in Mendhar in the South and Krishna Gati (KG) area of 93 Infantry Brigade Sector. Reports of major infiltration in Mendhar and Balnoi had been received and some of the roads had been blocked by Paki troops. Closer to Mendhar, Paki’s had occupied Topa feature, which effectively dominated fair weather road Mendhar – Balnoi, thus cutting off Balnoi and Krishna Ghati (93 Infantry Brigade). They had also established defences at a place called OP Hill, on the ridgeline across Mendhar River. The first priority of the brigade was to cut off maintenance routes of these Paki troops and clearance of roads to Balnoi and KG. Alfa Company of 21 AK Battalion Pakistan Army, with additional troops and Razakars were reported to be occupying Topa Height (Pt 4571) and had effectively interdicted road communications in the area.
Since then this ridge line remains occupied by the Indian Army that has displayed magnificent skills in controlling the affairs on the LOC. The encyclopedia of the events is just too massive as the times changed and so did the events and episodes happening on the LOC. But today was a special day, the victory of the 1971 war being celebrated since this is the 50th year when history was carved out and it is all available in images of course black and white but extremely memorable . This was what was on show today:
Krishna Ghati Brigade celebrated the 50th anniversary of India’s historic victory over Pakistan in 1971 war with veterans of 1971 war, ex-servicemen and veer naris.
The Swarnim Vijay Mashal was received at Krishna Ghati Top war memorial on 10 Jun 2021.
Lt Gen M V Suchindra Kumar, YSM, VSM, GOC 16 Corps along with Maj Gen Rajeev Puri, VSM, GOC 25 Inf Div and 1971 war veterans welcomed the Swarnim Vijay Mashal.
The gallant soldiers who made supreme sacrifice for the nation were paid homage by laying a wreath at the war memorial.
Trees were also planted to commemorate this occasion. Tribute was also paid to the bullet-ridden uniform of Late Sub Seva Singh from 11 JAK LI who laid his life for defense to highlight Poonch during 1971 war.
A presentation was held to highlight the saga of valour and sacrifice in the gory and grotesque battle of Nangi Tekri fought during 1971 war, wherein the valiant soldiers of 21 Punjab and 9 Raj Rif captured Nangi Tekri and hoisted Indian flag on Pakistani soil, was re-lived.
Those veterans and ESMs who could not join the celebration due to COVID pandemic, shared their passionate feelings through recorded video messages.
The entire ceremony showcased the Indian Army’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war in Poonch Sector and assured that the fallen comrades and their Next of Kin will always be looked after.
So this was another memorable day for the people especially the young kids who were overawed by the great presentation of maximise respect to the greats who fought hard to give India the memorable victory in just two weeks. Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. In Mendhar, and adjoining areas on the LOC it was persistent and constant. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them. The Indian Army has stood by them and by all means have evaporated the fear factor! This show held today would further drive the youth to instill courage and confidence in them! Surely it would!