A three-day yearly military literature festival has begun from Friday with numerous school children, military historians from India and abroad, authors and serving and even the retired military people gracing the occasion on the first day itself. The festival will be from 7th to 9th December.
This will be the second time that the festival is being organized, the first one was organized last year. Numerous discussions on war and spies and movie shows will be conducted.
Discussions on Anglo-Sikh War (1846), contribution of the Indians to the World War-1, attack by the Indian Navy on Karachi Harbour during 1971 Indo-Pak war, use of Air Force during the 1965 Indo-Pak war, ‘over hang’ of the Sino-India war in 1962; and armoured operations of the 1965 war were among one of the notable discussions during this festival.
VPS Badnore, Punjab Governor initiated the festival with a promise that the festival would keep growing bigger and grander with every year. He said,
“I am sure it will not only be limited or confined to the World Wars that we talked about but the heroism and unparalleled courage of the great Maharana Pratap, Shivaji and many other such warriors on the Indian soil. The Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic, was set in this very region. We will be discussing all this and more.”
He also added that Punjab is proudly known as the sword arm of India. He said,
“It has borne the brunt of ruthless invaders since times immemorial. History has it that the people of this land were subjected to untold horrors and deprivations over the ages. Repeated wars gave birth to a hardy population that brought forth some of the finest warriors who walked the earth. With war came sacrifices that spurred great tales of heroism and valor.”
Lt Gen Surinder Singh, Western Army Commander also reminded the audience
“Wars may not be kinetic as they were. We may move onto the domain of space war, cyber warfare and information warfare and newer domains of warfighting. In this region, many great battles had been fought; many generals had commanded men to war. Many men have made sacrifices. The sovereignty has been earned with the sweat and blood of our soldiers. It is good that these stories are told.”
He also added that numerous wars and battles have been fought in the region and many generals went to the war. Sacrifices have been made by many men. It is with the blood and sweat of the soldiers that the sovereignty has been earned. He feels that it is a good thing that the stories are told to the youth and the younger generation.
Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd), a senior adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister and Chairman of the Military Literature Festival, was frank in saying,
“Soldier is not a killer; he is a warrior; he must know how to handle weapons of the future. He has to be compassionate.”
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