As the COAS visits the village of CQMH Abdul Hamid, PVC, on the 52nd anniversary of his epic anti-tank battle, here is an extract from my book “Brave Men of War” about the hero of Asal Uttar.
Three brave men across three theatres of operation, bound together by their audacity and good fortune. Each of them survived to personally play a significant role in ensuring ultimate victory for the country, providing decisive leadership at critical junctures. It was as if fortune was actually watching over them, indulgently placing a protective hand to keep them from harm’s way, knowing their sheer audacity would prevent them from looking out for themselves.
What if Nehru had been at the helm of affairs in the 1965 war? Would he have been able to do as well as Shastri did? Or would he have repeated the follies of ’62?