On the Events Currently Underway in Jammu and Kashmir (As on 04 Aug 2019)

(The content of this blog were tweeted as on 03 – 04 Aug 2019. Any events from 5th Aug onwards will be talked about in subsequent blog posts!)

Ok folks, since everyone is talking / speculating about what is happening in Kashmir, let me add my own thoughts and speculations to the mix!

Firstly, let us be very clear, we didn’t reach the current situation in the past week, or month, or the past year. Far from it. The genesis of the Indo-Pak Kashmir imbroglio lies in the breach of the standstill agreement by the Dominion of Pakistan way back in 1947. Kashmir was doomed from the moment Paki army sent in its non-uniformed foot soldiers into the state and after a few initial, dispersed skirmishes, captured & raped Muzaffarabad on 22 Oct 1947, followed by the capture & rape of Baramula a few days later.


Maharaja of Kashmir soon acceded to India to ward off the looming threat to Srinagar at hands of those bandicoots mustered and sent in to do the dirty work on behalf of the Khakis, who were virtually running the Paki Foreign policy even in that nascent stage of Pakistan’s life.

Btw, even the Sheikh Abdullah led NC endorsed the entry of the Indian Army in the fray.

The First Kashmir War was on!

I tweeted the chronology of the war some years ago. Here’s the first of the approx 7500 tweets, for those interested – LINK

The line that came to be known as the LoC was more or less drawn by the time the war ended. Pakis tried it again in 1965 – sending in ‘freedom fighters’ to instigate a war of ‘independence’. Too bad the ordinary Kashmiris refused to buy this premise!


(LINK to above tweet for those interested)

Fast forward to 1989, and with the Paki Faujis on a high, having ‘defeated’ a superpower in Afghanistan, channelized the ‘expertise’ they had gained, into Kashmir. The Kashmir ‘insurgency’ was on, and with it, the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits.


(Pandits Leave Kashmir Within 2 Days – Alsafa, Apr 14, 1990)

But the Indian Army once again got its act together and soon was dispatching the ‘liberators’ by their dozens. By the time the 90s’ decade was coming to a close, the Paki fauj’s dreams of ‘liberating’ Kashmir was well and truly shattered.

And then came the nuke tests, and with those, a renewed ‘confidence’ and a Paki Army Chief who fancied himself as a true ‘Ghazi’. Kargil and thereabouts went up in flames once again. Talking of Musharraf, I’ll just leave a screenshot of THIS tweet here!


Bottomline – Pakis, more specifically the Brown Panted ones, have been having wet dreams about ‘liberating’ Kashmir since long.

They’ve tried every trick in their books, and failed each and every time.

However, what has encouraged them to keep going at it, has been a pragmatic India. Pragmatism has worked well for India. And it shows, in the trajectories the two countries have taken lately – India about to land on the moon, and Pakistan .. well .. no words need be said about them.

The game has been predictable thus far – Pakis throwing what they think is a googly, and India sending it out of the stadium.

So what has changed this time round?

Well .. what has changed is a political setup in Delhi that is not quite .. err .. ‘amused’ by Paki shenanigans. The first example of this was given far away from the LoC when the first major, and publicised cross border strike took place in Myanmar.

Now Pakis being Pakis, they knew they had a दाढ़ी में तिनका! This tweet exemplifies the unease they felt deeeeeeeep within!


Of course, soon after the Uri attack happened, the ‘unease’ grew more, though hidden behind false bravado typical of the Paki gentry!

Of course, they had no answer but to block simple folks on this side of the border when the Indian Army came calling in the aftermath!


Let us now fast forward to what is happening today. I’d say that the events leading up to today commenced from the Pulwama / Balakot episode. The IAF coming calling on the JeM fuckers deep inside Pakistan came as a rude shock!

Of course, all that ‘brave talk’ meant that Pakis couldn’t just back off!

India had to be ‘taught a lesson’.

And that lesson happened soon enough, the very next day. Only that it didn’t go as planned!

The ‘invincible’ JF-17s stayed far away, at a safe distance while the eight F-16s took a blind shot at the two IAF Su-30s. They fired a grand total of FIVE AMRAAMs at max range.

And then they turned tail!

They knew the Sukhois were not to be messed with.

Needless to say, all that they achieved was 5 AMRAAMs wasted!

Little did they know that Wing Commander Abhinandan in his MiG 21 was about to shove an R-73 up the backside of their leader’s F-16!

Well, atleast they won the Propagandu Warfare in the days that followed!

Will come to that in a while.

Then came the general elections in India, and the return of the govt with an even greater majority. Which brings me to the events currently underway in the Valley.

I’d say it began with the news of deployment of about 10,000 additional CAPF troopers into the Valley.

Let me repeat that figure once again – TEN THOUSAND.

You know the significance of this figure?

Let me tell you how significant it is – NONE WHATSOEVER!

You know why I say so?

Because if we believe the Paki and Hurriyat Propagandus, India already has 700,000 troops in Kashmir! What difference will a mere 10,000 more make is a question no one thought of asking – Heck, it is a mere 1.4% accretion!

Let us analyze what is happening today.

Oh, wait, NO ONE KNOWS what is happening!

THAT is the beauty of today’s situation. What is the govt’s intention, no one knows. And this is what is causing all the randi-rona all over – ppl simply assuming the ‘worst’ (atleast for them)!

To them, all I’ll do is ask, ‘How’s the Khauf?’!!

That is the beauty of psy ops – keep ’em guessing! Capabilities cannot be hidden, but intentions can be. That is exactly what the GOI is doing. And Pakis don’t know how to react, or what to tell their lackeys in the Valley!

So what happens next?

Well, who knows?!!

So let me add my own speculations to the list!

But before moving to speculating about future developments, let me just go over some things that have transpired in the recent past. The most important, and major event was the visit by the Beggar-in-Chief and the de-facto brown panted ruler of Pakistan to the US.

The biggest event of the ‘highly successful’ visit was the US President telling the Beggar-in-Chief in his face that they were ungrateful bastards – taking American money and then actively working against American interests!

But the airwaves were seized by another ‘offer’!

It was the offer by Shri Donald Ji to mediate on the Kashmir Issue ‘IF BOTH COUNTRIES ASKED FOR IT’.

Well, who cares about the fine print in the Land of the Pure, hainji? Out came the dhols and with that, the bhangra troupes! ‘WE WON, WE WON!‘, were the chants all around!

But no one seemed to ask, ‘Oye BC, what exactly did we win?’!

Well, Boo Fcuking Hoo, birathers – There never was, and never will be any Indian acquiescence to any offer of third party mediation. That has been the party line in India since long.

But then why did the POTUS make this offer?

As per him, he & Modi had discussed Kashmir in one of their recent discussions. Indian MEA was very clear that no mediation thing was discussed. Well, Trump Ji may be excused for missing that out since he is a very busy man indeed!

But it may be fair to assume that Kashmir might indeed have been discussed. So, coming back to the POTUS’ offer of mediation – let me just put out a conspiracy theory – What if some years down the line, it turns out to be a trap, even if unintended?

Let me elaborate upon that a bit. With yet another IMF loan in bag (even if the bag itself is so full of leaking holes!) and the POTUS himself offering to ‘mediate’, just imagine the warm wetness that the brown panted ones in Rawalpindi must be feeling in their favourite spot!

Time & circumstances must’ve been considered ripe for yet another incident to ‘rock the boat’ in Kashmir, so to say. But, what form might that take, they wondered. Especially since another retaliatory strike on Balakot was out of question, because .. well .. ye to ho chuka hai!

Oh, my bad, the Balakot strike wan’t a retaliatory one, but a ‘Pre-Emptive’ one, satisfying yours truly who had dreamed about such a strike many many moons ago, on 25 Oct 2015!

Don’t believe me?

Well, HERE’S the tweet and down below is a screenshot of it!


So, this time too, the Brown Pants were deliberating upon what should they do, and what might India do in return, when India did something pre-emptive yet again! Additional troops were moved into the Valley in anticipation of an imminent threat!

And just like that, the Brown Pants became a tad bit more browner!

Had their plans already been leaked?

Heck, did they even have a plan ready?

What was the GOI planning?

What should we do?

How would the US react?

But most importantly, if some attack happens now, Indian already has a justification to whoop their a$$es once again! Heck, going by the Balakot doctrine, India may not even wait for an attack to materialize before going pre-emptive yet again!

Heck, they had no clue whatsoever! And dare I say, they still don’t!

In fact, no one does!

Then, right on cue, the LoC lit up once again, and this time, for a change, the Neelam Valley too got a taste of the ‘good old 90s’!

The Propagandu-in-Chief and his keyboard warriors had their work cut out – how to spin this to their advantage. But then, no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, at the end of the day it remains just that – a pig!

And given their reputation, or more specifically, lack of it, no amount of propagandu from the much vaunted ISPR is getting any traction anywhere in the world!

Except within the Land of the Pure itself!

Fanboys and Fangirls are swooning over the Propagandu-in-Chief himself, egging him on – Bhai Ghafoora Aage Badho, Hum Tumhare Saath Hain! But Ghafoora jayega kahan? He has no clue what his arch enemy is upto!

And in any case, he’s been too busy retweeting ‘Hai Hai Modi’ tweets from Indian ‘seculars’ from his personal handle, to be able to devote much ‘energies’ to much else!

So the Brown Pants did what they could, to find out Indian intentions, because .. well .. they have no clue!

In came the willing and unsuspecting draftees to the cause – some definitely on their payroll, and others by just being the argumentative Indian!

Politicos were soon yelling bloody murder, not knowing who had died!

Didn’t work.

All they got were videos of the Indian Home Minister smiling and talking in recent Parliament Session doing rounds on WhatsApp!

Then came, amongst so many others, the star journo herself, the best of the lot, asking the same question, demanding info .. nay .. communication!


That she has been accused in the past for allegedly unwittingly leaking operational information to the enemy during Kargil & 26/11, did not matter one bit. GOI owes it to the public to pre-announce what it is gearing up to do, even at the cost of jeopardizing its plans, right?

Anyhow, that too failed. The silence from the GOI has been deafening indeed! So the Propagandu-in-Chief played the next best and perhaps his most ‘intelligent’ move so far – he tweeted this tweet from Shri Geelani’s handle!


My first reaction upon seeing this tweet was – WOAH, SUCH IMPECCABLE ENGLISH!! No wonder Geelani Saheb is so respected all around!

Too bad, I’ve never come across any video of him actually conversing in this language, though!

But then I suddenly remembered another thing – An Afghan Taliban Spokesman tweeting some shit, supposedly from within Afghanistan, but with location showing Sindh, Pakistan instead!


But then, Pakis have never harboured Afghan Taliban on their soil! No Sir! Even Donald Ji was wrong on that account when he openly said so to the Beggar-in-Chief himself! Of course, the Taliban joker yelled – CONSPIRACY, and deleted the tweet! Here’s a Paki news report LINK to that story.

But Propagandu-in-Chief and his department had learnt their lessons well! Geelani Saheb’s 135 odd tweets, in Urdu and his signature style of impeccable English, are all without any geo-location tags!

Well done, he said as he patted himself!

Yet Geelani Ji’s tweet failed to mobilize the Ummah against Indian plans for the ‘Biggest Genocide in History of Mankind’. It too turned out to be a damp squib. Brown Pants were relieved – they didn’t want their record of East Pak genocide broken! (Hint: Google Op Searchlight)

Talk about small mercies, eh? 😅
But then, WHAT is India up to?
That question still remains, as does the question as to WHEN will it be done!
Let me speculate on the second question first.

Remember, the 1998 nuclear tests were pended till such time the then President returned from a visit abroad? Well this time too, the President was out of country. But good news! He returned back early today morning!


So the question of WHEN has been partially answered by me.
You are welcome!
Now comes the big question – WHAT?
Let me speculate a bit on that now.

Their ‘tool’ measuring contests and bombast notwithstanding, Brown Pants know quite well what the Indian Armed Forces are capable of, given political will. Heck, they are the reason that Pakistan has one extra High Commission – in Dhaka!

In fact, one interesting nugget that I came across when reading this book quoted below is that the author says that he actually saw IAF jets kilometres inside Pakistan over South Punjab in the immediate aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks!


So what happens now? Well, to put it very briefly, I’d say ‘Who Knows!’

But there are indeed a few options that I can foresee.

Firstly, abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A.

Secondly, high profile arrests of ‘big’ players – both political as well as separatist.

Thirdly, trifurcation of the state. Fourthly, an attack on Pakistan across the LoC itself.

And lastly, nothing! The GOI can just say that the Amarnath pilgrims are back safely and additional forces are moving out! Now wouldn’t THAT be a classical ‘Dhappa’?!!

Let me share a few thoughts on these options.
(I know this blog is getting much longer than I anticipated, but bear with me!)

First: Abrogation of Articles 370/35A.
Well, will do a different blog on that soon.
But I’ll leave a screenshot of this 6yr old tweet here.


Coming to the second scenario – Likely high profile arrests.
But for that, let me take you to the USA of 1932 first. A certain gent who went by the name of Al Capone was imprisoned for 11 years for tax evasion.

Now why I bring Shri Capone in this blog, you asked?

Well, that is because he was a dreaded Mafia Boss who had covered his tracks well, and there was hardly any legally admissible evidence against him for any other charge to stick!

And in he went!

On a not so unrelated note, I will just remind you of the recent investigations into a major bank in J&K, in which many of the big names are facing uncomfortable questions, some of them as guests of the Enforcement Directorate!

Of course, some other ‘key’ players are already behind bars for money laundering, thanks to the NIA! And frantic pleas, by their wives and an assortment of Pakis, both brown-panted and otherwise, have failed to move the ‘heartless’ Indian State!

I’ll just leave it at that.

Now coming on to the other hot issue of Trifurcation of the state.
First, let me put out a map of J&K to offer some perspective.


There are a few very distinct geographical divisions in the State, thanks to natural geography as also current political realities.

The Kashmir Valley, if you see, makes up for a very minuscule part of J&K’s real estate.

Then there is Jammu.

Next come the areas North of ZojiLa Pass – Dras, Kargil and Ladakh.

This more or less sums up India controlled territory.

Further East of Ladakh is the Aksai Chin, under Chinese control since the mid 1950s.
Now, let’s talk about areas of J&K under Paki control. The thin sliver of land that you see from Muzaffarabad to Mirpur is what actually comprises PoK.
Yup, Kashmir is more or less entirely with India.

A big chunk of the J&K State is the Gilgit – Baltistan area. Pakis have tried their damned best to constitutionally detach it from J&K, but then again, their constitution hardly matters when it comes to Indian claim.

Lastly, is the Shaksgam Valley, ceded by Pakis to China as they jumped into the Chinese bed .. err .. camp, in the immediate aftermath of the 1962 Sino-India war. Of course the 1963 agreement between Pakistan and China states that it is a temporary measure, pending a final resolution on Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Technicalities, eh? 🙂

So that is J&K in legal and cartographic terms. In technical terms, though, and in language that Chinese understand, here’s another 6 yr old tweet!


Ok, back to trifurcation.
Well that applies merely to India administered J&K, atleast for the time being.
I don’t know how many of you have noticed, but whenever there is any news of J&K, it is merely Kashmir that is mentioned.
Hardly anyone talks about Jammu and Ladakh.

Heck, even the Pakis call it as India Occupied Kashmir!

No concerns whatsoever with Jammu / Ladakh!

THIS, folks, is what justifies trifurcation, in a nutshell. Will not get into legalities – constitutional or otherwise, but all I will say is that J&K is actually three different states. To that end, I’ll leave a screenshot of this five year old tweet here.


So, what might trifurcation look like?

Well, different ppl are offering different solutions / scenarios. What I would prefer is Jammu as a different state and Kashmir and Ladakh as Union Territories.

I know some folks may not agree with me, but well, that’s my preference! Kashmir as a UT will help mitigate local political ideologies from messing up the situation to some extent. In case of Ladakh, it is too sparsely populated and may be best administered as a UT.

Btw, something tells me that Pakis too are somewhat assured that trifurcation is what India is looking at.

Why, you asked?

Well because the Propagandu-in-Chief, as far as I know, for the first time has used the term India Occupied J&K instead of the usual crap of IOK! Let me put out a disclaimer – it is mere speculation on my part, but still!


Moving on, next possible outcome is an attack across the LoC itself. Well, partly, it has been happening already for the past few days when out of the blue came a report of massive CAPs by both air forces. Then came the reports of intense artillery exchanges.

It all reached a crescendo till the capstone visuals shared by the Brown Pants’ Propagandu Warriors – Neelum Valley under attack!

Too bad, no sympathies came their way!

So what might a proper attack across the LoC comprise?

Let’s speculate a bit on that.

Options are varied. These could range from tactical realignment to gain local advantages to a spectacular but localized op to capture a strategically valuable piece of real estate across!

It might also mean a continued pounding of Paki positions across the length of the LoC with a two-fold aim – let the average Paki see the body bags of his beloved and invincible Brown Panted soldiers come back home (after all, for how long can they hide casualties on the LoC by saying they died in KPK / Balochistan et al?).

The other outcome is rapid depletion of ammo stocks of Beggaristan. It is a very real possibility. Remember the Pakis desperately crying for ceasing artillery fire exchanges in the aftermath of Pulwama / Balakot?

Of course their ammo stocks won’t run out. They never can. Especially when the Brown Pants have first dibs on whatever little revenue their selected government earns! But yes, Beggaristan will continue to frantically keep looking for fresh bheekh! Suits me, to be frank!


Last option – DHAPPA!

We Do Nothing!

I know it doesn’t seem to sit well with many people. And that includes me too. But it is worth analyzing nonetheless. What do we achieve by just scaling down after a while?

Might we have averted a major attack? Or a major planned law and order situation? We will never know about it until someone in the know of things ultimately writes / talks about it.

So be it.

In any case, the Brown Pants had just returned to their barracks after a prolonged mobilization post the Pulwama / Balakot incident, and I think they are out yet again. Even a precautionary mobilization costs money – something that Beggaristan has in extremely short supply!


In any case, don’t think Pakis will escape unhurt either. Their pain is real enough. However the Brown Panted ones are stoic folks. If they can disown hundreds of their soldiers in Kargil, a mere five more is just small change, no?


And to put icing on the cake, Indian Army will be forced to purchase Paki flags and burn crucial calories to bury their abandoned Brown Panted cannon fodder, just like they did in Kargil (MUST SEE the 3 min video below)! Propagandu Wins!

That is as far as the options go, atleast in my opinion. But knowing the GOI of today, they might be thinking on some other line altogether!

What I found interesting recently is this tweet by the Beggar-in-Chief.


So the UN Resolution is back in circulation!

Let me share some thoughts on that. The resolution has been superseded by the 1972 Simla Agreement wherein both countries have committed to resolving the issue BILATERALLY. This has been a consistent stand of the GOI.

But then, let us grant Pakis their few moments of hubris.

So what does the resolution entail?

Well, it does call for plebiscite, just as Beggar-in-Chief has been crying for.

So how does the plebiscite happen, you asked?


I would love to see the day when someone from the GOI actually takes Pakis up on that offer and asks them to withdraw! The dance of headless chickens in Islamabad / Rawalpindi will surely be a treat to watch!

Let us suppose that in a hypothetical scenario, Pakis actually do that and withdraw. What comes next?

Well, demography comes next!

With Articles 370 & 35A, however flawed they may be, India has ensured that franchise in its part of J&K rests with original / native inhabitants. But when it comes to PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakis have ensured a steady influx of Punjabis and Pashtoons who have settled there for good.

Heck, as far as Gilgit-Baltistan goes, there is a full fledged genocide of the natives underway, since they are Shias!

Very little news trickles out of there, but there still is some that worms its way into the www. Here’s one such LINK

A good and concise writeup. Chronicles the role of a certain Brigadier Pervez Musharraf in brutally putting down a Shia revolt in 1988.

So the question remains, in case of a plebiscite who gets to vote on the Paki side.
On Indian side too, the franchise of Kashmiri Pandits will matter as well.

Oh, and what about the residents of Shaksgam Valley?!!

Bottomline: Plebiscite is good rhetoric, but unimplementable!

So here’s a ‘Boo Fucking Hoo’ to the Beggar-in-Chief and his wet dreams of a plebiscite, Trump or no Trump! In fact, I am veering round to the belief that Trump’s offer of mediation might not have come as quite the surprise, atleast in some quarters in GOI!

As I go towards concluding this blog post, let me also add another speculation – We are seeing what we are seeing. There is no doubt about that. In fact, everyone is trying to make some sense of that.

BUT Are we seeing what we are NOT seeing?

Read the above question once again.

So what do I mean by that?

Let me just say that even though the Kargil War was fought almost exclusively North of Pir Panjal, a few weeks later, the Paki Navy Chief, of all people, had to resign!

Interesting, no?

Here’s a link about what the Indian Navy was up to, during Kargil War, in case you are interested – The silent sentinel

Now fast forward to 28 Feb 2019 to the Tri-Services press conference after India successfully ‘convinced’ Terroristan to release Wing Commander Abhinandan. Anyone remember, the Naval Officer out there? Here’s the LINK to the screenshot below of a tweet I posted that day


Now take your minds to a few weeks ago when news came that Indian Navy took a while to detect the lone Paki Navy Agosta Sub, ultimately finding it hidden close to the Makran coast.

Remember that news?


Just google it!

And the Pakis on social media went berserk – With Joy, mind you! Their ‘invincible’ submarine had ‘evaded detection’ for so long, you see! None asked the question as to why it was hiding AWAY from Indian coast, instead of aggressively maneuvering close to it!

This brings me to perhaps the final part of this blog – Paki Twitterati!

It might be fair to assume that though limited in penetration, Twitter in Pakistan is mostly used by the middle / upper classes who are amongst the more educated ones in Pakistan.

Now it is an interesting exercise to see how they blindly lap up all the Propagandu thrust down their throats by Shri Propagandu-in-Chief, no questions asked. It is indeed commendable for the Brown Pants to reach this stage. Of course, a ‘pliant’ school curriculum helps.

Talking about school curriculum, I had done a three part blog series on that two years ago. Here’s the link to Part 1 – State Sponsored Radicalization in Pakistan’s School Curriculum: Part 1 of 3.

Do read all three parts.

I insist!

If you thought Madrassas were incubators of hate in Pakistan, you will be shocked to see how the state has institutionalized a blinkered world view that its children grow up with.

To some extent, an army forever losing battles can be excused for replacing facts with bombast. But the Brown Pants have taken it a bit too far, I’d say.

The first example came in Kargil in 1999 when there was widespread shock and disbelief at Nawaz Sharif ‘throwing away’ a SPECTACULAR VICTORY by agreeing to a withdrawal after the July 4 meeting with Clinton!

This, when all that he had done was providing a face saving exit for his Brown Panted ones who had been honing their favourite war maneuvre in Kargil – Running away from battle!

And ironically, it was he who paid the price for it!

This time too, when the inevitable thappad comes – doesn’t matter when – the Paki Awam will once again go into shock and disbelief.

I wonder how the Propagandu Department will handle things then!

They survived Balakot and the loss of F-16 because of unashamed lies that their populace gladly lapped up. Let’s see what happens next time round, especially with own side having, hopefully, drawn good lessons from it.

With this, I come to the end of this blog post. Let me once again reiterate, no matter what happens or does not happen, fact remains that the boat has been rocked like never before.

And therein lies a victory of sorts.

Am fully expecting the other side (whether across the border, or within) to soon take a desperate step, resulting in an opening that will give some motion to the wheels of history, with or without blood.

In the end, I’ll leave you with the blog versions of four threads tweeted on Feb 14 (Pulwama Attack) Feb 26 (Balakot), Feb 27 (Abhinandan Captured) and Feb 28 (Abhinandan Released).

These are not even a fraction as long as this current blog post. So plz take some time to read them!


Thoughts on the Balakot Strike: Part 1

Thoughts on Balakot Strike: Part II – The Pakistani Response

Thoughts on the Balakot Strike: Part III – The Tri-Services Presser in New Delhi

With this, I come to an end of this blog post, folks.
Thank you for your patience.
Whatever comes next, all I’ll say is #AanDeyo!

Lest we forget

Tributes to the fallen don’t get much better than this.
Totally worth a read



The flag soared on so gracefully, it had a rhythm to it, like it was swaying to some music that I couldn’t hear. The Kargil War Memorial, overlooking the steep valleys our brave hearts fought for, has a hauntingly beautiful charm to it. The silence speaks of so many stories, of lives that could have been, of promises that would have been fulfilled, of dreams that never saw the light. I could feel immense pain, lingering in those ice cold winds, of every mother who would never again get a chance to spoil her son, every father who regretted not giving his little boy some more time, the sister who would never get to fight with her brother over chocolates, the wife,now a war widow, who would never feel her beloved husband’s warm embrace again, the son who’s super hero wouldn’t play with him ever again and the daughter who…

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Cricket. ~We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality~

Sports do bring out the most basic, tribal / animalistic instincts amongst even the most ‘civilized’ ones. Hence the ‘fanaticism’ showed by many fans as far as their preferred team goes.
There’s just no doubt about it.
What this blog does is to chronicle the same phenomenon and put it into a good context.


At the very onset let me confess I’m a cricket illiterate person & have never been a part of this carnival. But for a country with limited entertainment that doesn’t inculcate sport in its lifestyle it’s wonderful how people turn to cricket almost vicariously. Besides enjoying the game, it fulfils a need, a bond that binds us from North to South, East to West, into a Nation.

To those who repeatedly say that cricket & politics should be kept far away from each other, either don’t understand sport or are ignorant of the fact, that politics has always been a part of it.

In Ahmedabad of the late 70s a Pakistani win meant crackers in the Walled City, skirmishes &, or riots.

During the same years, English football fans returning home to UK via Hovercraft or train would dredge up every World War 2 taunt (yes, WW2 !!) for the…

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On Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, PVC (Posthumous)



“Some goals are so worthy, it is glorious even to fail” – Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Param Vir Chakra (Marnoparant).

This day in 1999, a young Captain by the name of Manoj Pandey was going gung ho, clearing Pakis in Khalubar.

Little would he have known that he had just about 43 days more in this mortal world, before he attained martyrdom and at the same time, immortal fame.

He led the most difficult tasks assigned to 1/11 Gorkha Rifles in the war, with full confidence in his fellow Gorkhas to deliver.

Here is a letter he wrote from the battlefield to a friend.

Download, Zoom & read.

As can be seen in the words he wrote, he knew the task was big, but also that it simply HAD to be done.

And that he was not afraid of what lay ahead.

His moment of glory would come on the night of 02/03 July in Khalubar where he singlehandedly cleared four bunkers out of six that had held up the Indian Army’s advance towards the LoC in that sector.

In the process, he met a glorious death. But even as he fell, mortally wounded, the last grenade in his hand found the last remaining Pakis in the fourth bunker. Even in death, his task was utmost in his mind.

His last words, his last command to him boys in fact was – “Na Chhornu” (Don’t leave them).

The maddened Gorkhas ensured that their fallen leader’s last command was obeyed without any pity or remorse towards the enemy. With their khukris flashing, they ensured not one Paki saw the next dawn.

When dawn finally broke, Paki dead lay littered on the battlefield. But the joy of victory was dampened by the loss of Manoj and six other Paramvirs of 1/11 Gorkha Rifles. One Param Vir Chakra and three Vir Chakras were bagged by the battalion that night on their Path of Glory.

Mr Gopi Chand Padey, a humble gardener from Lucknow would soon find himself on the Rajpath, receiving the PVC earned by his son.

Even normally drably worded official citation couldn’t hide the sheer madness of that night.

God bless this Param Vir and his parents who raised him to become one.

Here’s a short, five minute video of his parents talking about him. The mother actually knew that her son was no more even before anyone told her. Try and watch the video till the end without choking up if you can.


Sharing some snippets from his young life in the succeeding paras.

Photo: Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, PVC (P) at the battlefield with fellow officers of his Paltan. A rare pic.


Manoj Pandey with his parents, possibly during, or sometime immediately after his training years.


The final homecoming of Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, PVC (P), for his last journey on shoulders of his fellow Gorkhas, Lucknow, 07 July 1999


A documentary on Manoj Pandey. Totally worth the 15 minutes of your life it asks for.
Footage worth gold.


Sergeant Manoj Kumar Pandey, Mike Squadron, National Defence Academy


Junior Under Officer Manoj Kumar Pandey, Indian Military Academy


A young Manoj Pandey at his village Kamlapur, near Sitapur, about 60km from Lucknow


Last photo of Capt Manoj Pandey clicked during his last leave, 15 Mar 1999.                     He left for Kargil on the 16th.


Khalubar – the last battlefield of Capt Manoj Pandey.  Was unconquerable, but for Manoj & the hundreds like him


Story of Capt Manoj Pandey for kids, a wonderful effort.
My elder one has read it more than 20 times


Photo: A bust of Capt Manoj, being presented to the IMA next month by veterans on their 50th year reunion.

Jai Hind

Jai Mahakali .. Aayo Gorkhali!

On the Battle of Chhappar Chiri / Sirhind

Folks, yesterday marked the 309th anniversary of the day when the Sikhs, led by Banda Singh Bahadur entered the city of Sirhind. Here’s a short blog on the events leading up to this significant victory for the Khalsa Panth.

Sirhind was the unfortunate witness to the martyrdom of the two younger Sahebzadas of Guru Gobind Singh at the hands of its Governor Wazir Khan, who’d vowed to finish the Sikhs after the battle of Anandpur Saheb in 1704.

Sahebzadas Fateh Singh and Zorawar Singh were just 9 and 6 years old respectively, but stood firm to their faith like a rock.

They chose martyrdom over conversion to Islam, along with their grandmother, Mata Gujri, the wife of Guru Teg Bahadur, who too had earned the title ‘Hind Di Chaddar’ for his sacrifice.

Enraged at this dastardly act, the Sikhs vowed revenge.

Soon, in 1708, Guru Gobind Singh too was murdered by assassins thought to have been sent by the same Wazir Khan. However, the Guru had, shortly before his death, baptized a young ascetic, Madho Singh and given him the title, ‘Banda Bahadur.’

Realizing that he was mortally wounded and wouldn’t be able to punish Wazir Khan himself, Guru Gobind Singh sent Banda Bahadur for the job shortly before he left for his heavenly abode.

In Oct 1708, Banda Singh Bahadur marched towards Punjab with 25 Khalsas and a ‘Hukumnama‘ enjoining Sikhs to gather under his banner. As Banda reached Delhi, thousands had gathered around him, raring to avenge the Guru and his Sahebzadas.

Sonepat, Samana, Shahbad, Mustafabad, Kapuri and Banur were soon subjugated. Now Banda Singh Bahadur marched towards Sirhind to give battle to Wazir Khan, who too had marched out to meet him.

The Khalsas and the Mughals clashed at Chappar Chiri in Kharar Tehsil on 12th May 1710. The Mughals fielded cannons and cavalry whereas the Khalsas fought with swords, spears and small arms.

It was not an easy battle.
Far from it, in fact.

Wazir Khan fielded a strong army, bolstered in numbers by a call to Jihad issued by him.
In initial stages of battle, they prevailed over the the Khalsa, with their artillery causing many casualties.

Realising the criticality of taking out the Mughal arty, the Sikhs charged towards the guns.

Many fell enroute, but the remaining finally silenced the Mughal artillery.

Now started a hand to hand fight.

Here too, the Mughals had an upper hand due to their numbers.

At this stage, Baaj Singh, the second in command of Banda, who was sitting atop a mound to observe and direct the battle, approached him and requested him to join the battle.

Banda Bahadur moved to the forefront of his army to give battle to the enemy.

In words of Sohan Singh,

Then rose he (Banda) like a hungry lion from his cave & sprang upon the army like a bolt from the blue.

His appearance very much encouraged the Khalsa, whereas it struck a general terror among the enemy.

The irresistible Banda, with a single sally changed the whole scene.’

Encouraged by the sight of their leader, the Sikhs fell upon their enemy with renewed vigour. Many a Mughal were dispatched by the Khalsas without any pity or remorse.

In the words of Khazan Singh, ‘When the battle was raging, a strong storm set in and with that the Singhs rushed at the enemy and put them to flight.’

‘Money and baggage, horses, elephants, fell’ said Khafi Khan, ‘into the hands of the infidels (Singhs) and not a man of the army of Islam escaped with more than his life and the clothes he stood in.’

Outnumbered, out-gunned and under-equipped, yet the Khalsas prevailed over the enemy.

Wazir Khan himself fell to the sword of Fateh Singh.

After a bloody battle lasting two days, the Singhs finally raised the victory cry and Banda Bahadur took formal charge of Sirhind, which had borne the brunt of the final stages of battle as the Mughals fled Westwards from Chappar Chiri.

On 27th May 1710, Banda Singh Bahadur held a huge ‘Diwan’ in Sirhind city and proclaimed the Khalsa rule and the end of Mughal tyranny.

With this victory, ‘Khalsas of Gobind’ now controlled all land between Sutlej and Yamuna.

This was the first Sikh kingdom in the Land of Five Rivers, established after innumerable sacrifices. It didn’t last very long, but a start had been made. A lasting Sikh Empire was but a matter of time.

God bless the souls of those that perished in those days.

(sourced from )

Fateh Burj (Victory Tower), constructed in Chhappar Chiri to commemorate the epic battle that the Khalsas fought there under the stewardship of Banda Singh Bahadur.

On Pakistan’s De-Escalation Offer


Looks like Shri Ganpat Rai has made Pakistan his permanent home!

But jokes apart, NEVER trust Terroristan, ESPECIALLY when they offer ceasefire / de-escalation. What this statement from Pakistan means is that they are really hurting due to the relentless whacking by the Indian Army since Pulwama / Balakot.

Of course, being practically bankrupt, plus an IMF which is making them grovel for bakhsheesh like never before helps too.

THIS is the reason why they are suddenly smoking the peace pipe, in addition to the dope that they are otherwise addicted to.
And this is not the first time they are doing so, mind you.

On 12 January 2002, the world saw a mightily shaken up Musharraf come on television and ‘promise’ that no Pakistani territory would henceforth be used for terror against India.

You know what prompted this?

It happened when he realized that this time India meant business.

It happened when he saw the way the Indian Armed forces had mobilized in the immediate aftermath of the Parliament Attack, all set to teach Pakis a good lesson once and for all.

Interestingly, by making this statement, he more or less acknowledged Pakistan sponsored terror.

Btw, it was the same Musharraf who had PUBLICLY felicitated terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri for bringing the head of an Indian Army soldier from the LoC not very long ago.

It was the same Musharraf who has been repeatedly humiliated by the Indian Army


(LINK to above tweet)

Here are a few more tweets on Musharraf and his baptism by Indian fire in 1965. This thread was tweeted on the occasion of 50 years of the 1965 war. Here’s the LINK to the relevant part of that thread and a screenshot below:-


It was the same Musharraf who had told a group of retired military officers in April 1999 that “Taliban are my strategic reserve & I can unleash them in tens of thousands against India when I want” (LINK).

So what happened in 2002?

Did he realize his ‘folly’ and become a reformed man?


Far from it.

The reason for this cosmetic change of heart was that India was finally on verge of calling Pakistan’s bluff. How much sincerity lay behind his words was aptly demonstrated when Pakistan sponsored terror killed unarmed women & kids in Kaluchak 5 months later.

Pakistan react ‘fast and furious’ by arresting Hafiz Saeed after Vajpayee talked about Aar Paar ki Ladai.

The same was repeated after the 2008 Mumbai Attacks!

Such is the irony of the terror infrastructure in Pakistan that today Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Lakhvi roam freely, while Musharraf is hiding in the Middle East!

This brings me back to the basic premise behind this blog – Pakistan offering an olive branch.

We’d be fools to be taken in by it.

Just as their proxies come back stronger after every ‘Ramzan Ceasefire’ in the Valley, so will the Pak Army.

This offer is not that of a ceasefire, but a tactical retreat instead.

A tactical retreat because their bankrupt economy can no longer sustain such prolonged engagements.

A tactical retreat so that they can go back to licking their wounds.

A tactical retreat so that once their wounds heal and logistics replenished, they can go back to being .. well .. themselves.

A tactical retreat because the much anticipated baksheesh from IMF is taking a tad bit longer.

Let’s be clear folks – this ‘offer’ is not due to a change of heart, but is more about making a virtue out of a necessity because they just cannot carry on any longer.

This is not the time for us to repeat past follies and show magnanimity yet again.

Throughout our history, we’ve pardoned an inexcusable number of Ghauris an inexcusable number of times. And we all know what we have to show for it – Zilch. One often wonder what might have been, had we NOT been magnanimous even one of those times. Here is a tweet from about four years ago (LINK):-


This ‘peace offer’ by Pakistan is because they’ve once again realized that the GOI is damn serious about de-panting their brown pants spanking their brown bottoms good.

Any guesses why the ‘peace offer’ came right after this report – Army postpones critical wargames due to deployment on Pakistan border?


Bottomline: This is not the time to smoke the peace pipe.

On the contrary, this is the time to let the dagger thrust in their backsides, remain their, if not pushing it deeper. The enemy is hurting. The Valley is relatively calm, despite the onset of summers. Let it remain thus.