Brig Devinder Singh (retd) Commanded one of the largest brigades in the Kargil conflict in the Batalik sector. At one point of time his 70 Infantry Brigade had 11 battalions under it as against the normal three. In an interview to The Indian Express he goes back memory lane to recall the trials and tribulations of the Kargil intrusions.
Q: As we enter the 20th year of Kargil what emotions come to your mind?
The sacrifices of the troops made in the conflict are being slowly forgotten. The Kargil Divas is not officially recognised at many levels. There has been a tussle at the political level whether the 1971 war Vijay Divas was the real one or the Kargil Vijay Divas. Also, the remembrace of the event seems to be focussed only on the actions which took place at Drass and below and not at Kargil and beyond.
Thus, while the general public hears a lot about Tololing, Tiger Hill etc not much is known about the actions in the Batalik sector, Khalubar ridge, Kukarthang etc. Basically, it is 8 Mountain Division versus 3 Infantry Division. The actions of 8 Infantry Division are highlighted and there is comparative silence about the actions under 3 Infantry Division. Read More