In 1897 the Afghan tribe’s men notably the Afridi and Orkazai tribes revolted against the British. In an effort to contain them the British had earlier built two forts at Lockhart and Gulistan.In between these Forts they had set up a small heliographic communication post. This post consisted of a small block house with loop holed ramparts made of stone and brick. At 9:00 am Sept 12th, 1897, 10,000 Afghan tribal troops launched a surprise attack on Saragarhi. Saragarhi was manned by 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment. The man in charge was Havildar Ishwar Singh.
The Second World War followed and again the Sikh regiments fought for the empire with great loyalty and bravery. A few Sikh soldiers who were taken POW did join The Indian National Army led by Netaji Subhas Bose but they were a minuscule minority and the majority of Sikh soldiery remained loyal to the Raj. It is worth noting that over 83000 Sikh wearing the turban died during the two world wars fighting for the British.
The Air Chief himself perhaps was too numbed by the turn of events. In addition the fact that the IAF had never even had a practice exercise in hill operations, must have weighed heavily on the Air Chief. For this alone Air Marshal Aspi Engineer must stand in the dock as he headed the IAF at that time. Another point is the psychosis of fear that was built up about the capability of the PLAAF which was greatly exaggerated. In real terms the Peoples Army Air Force had outdated aircraft which could not operate with full payload from the airfields in Tibet because of the height factor of the airfields.
While visiting a friend recently in Kolkata, I stopped by my old school mate’s house, whose mother heads the marketing division of a huge multinational company. As we swapped in stories I intrigued to notice, that her mother was leading a life full of adventure, for it was clear that her lifestyle from her designer jeans to the state of art appliances in her kitchen illustrated that India and its women have taken their proud and rightful place in the globalized world. Thus proving ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’.
Understand your goal i.e. NDA. Make yourself familiar with the syllabus and the tentative dates of the exam. Plan your weekly schedule and cover each topic.
The concept of an enemy officer also conforming to the ideals of his class and showing the attributes of gentlemanliness – fair play, honor, and respect for human values is not something utopian. It was a fact of life in the ethos of the British Army Rally Bharti 2019.How has the Pakistani army lived up to it since those days? Perhaps I should explain right at the outset that I only propose to lay out the evidence and not make judgments.
Some soft-sided suitcases come with straps that can be zipped away… and you can wear the suitcase as a backpack if you have to walk from, say, a train station to your hotel. Sort of the best of two worlds.
Man Singh however lives on after his death. As a memory and tribute to him a temple dedicated to him at his native village Rathor in Agra district, is constructed. Thousands regularly pay their respects to the messiah of the poor. He was indeed a special dacoit or ‘Daku’.