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Revisiting Kargil: 25 Years On, The Backstory

Twenty five years ago, India was forced to launch a war to evict Pakistani intruders in the Kargil, Dras and Batalik sectors of what was then the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The summer of 1999 will go down in history as a major turning point in India-Pakistan relations. It was also India’s first war that was fought under intense media scrutiny.

I was among dozens of mediapersons who reported the Kargil war from the battle zone, then for Outlook magazine.

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A quarter century later, I revisit the areas to recall the events and turning points in the 50-day-long war but this time with half a dozen veterans who had led troops in crucial battles that summer.

In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin‘, I bring you the backstory of that journey.

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Nitin A. Gokhale is a media entrepreneur, one of South Asia's leading strategic affairs analyst and author of over a dozen books so far on military history, insurgencies and wars.

Starting his career in journalism in 1983, he has since led teams of journalists across media platforms.

A specialist in conflict coverage, Gokhale has covered the insurgencies in India’s North-East, the 1999 Kargil conflict and Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.

Gokhale now travels across the globe to speak at seminars and conferences, and lecture at India’s premier defence colleges. He has founded three niche portals, Bharatshakti.in, stratnewsglobal.com and Interstellar.news.