Kashmir: Its Aborigines and Their Exodus

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Lancer International Lancer Press, Jul 19, 2012 - History - 680 pages
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This is an analytical account of the entire operational history of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Within five years of its creation, the fledgling Flights of No 1 Squadron was undergoing trials by fire in the NWFP. During World War II, the IAF expanded ninefold and made valiant contributions in turning the tide of Japanese onslaught. Hardly had the guns fallen silent across the globe and India emerged independent breaking the centuries old yoke of colonialism, once again the IAF was called into operations in the Jammu and Kashmir war in 1947–48.The IAF was at its innovative best in the unchartered virgin territory of Himalayan heights. In its eighty-year history, the IAF has also operated in a counter-insurgency role on many occasions.

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Col. Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd), PhD, was born at Srinagar (Kashmir) on April 15, 1950. After completing his school and college education at Srinagar, he joined the Indian Army, being commissioned into 1st Battalion of the newly raised Naga Regiment on August 22, 1971. Soon thereafter, he found himself fighting the 1971 Indo-Pak war in the eastern sector, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. As an infantryman, Col. Tikoo spent a major portion of his thirty-four years of service in the army on the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir or fighting insurgency operations. Col. Tikoo is a graduate of the prestigious Defense Services Staff College and has been an instructor in the Senior Command wing of the Army War College at Mhow. He retired in 2004 and has an M.Sc. in defense studies from Madras University, and a PhD in defense studies.

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