Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Importance of the Day for India History - December

14 - National Energy Conservation Day
18 - National Day of Minorities
23 - Kisan Divas (Farmers Day)
24 - Consumer Day
25 - Birthday of Atal Beharee Vajpayee - Good Governance Day

Saturday, December 6, 2014

12 December - Day in History of India and Importance - Birthdays of Famous Indians

1908 - Gandhi released from Volkrust Jail in South Africa.
1921 - Gandhi organizes complete boycott of Prince of Wales visit to Allahabad.
1964 - HJT 16 first Indian Jet Trainer made its inaugural flight.
1965 - Vijayanta, first Indian Made tank handed over to Army. Tank made at Avadi Heavy Vehicle Factory, Madras
1971 - Privy purses abolished by Parliament.
1976 - Madanlal Dhingra's ashes were brought to India
1994 - N.T. Rama Rao took oath as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

100 years of New Delhi as capital of India - celebrated


1721 - Balaji Bajirao (Nanasaheb peshwa) Third Peshwa was born.
1872 - Balakrishna Shivram Munje (President Hindu Mahasabha)
1905 - Mulkraj Anand
Rajinikant (1950)
Sharad Pawar (1940)
Krinshama Chari Srikant (Cricketer) (1959)


Birthday of Rajinikant


2000 - J.H. Patel, former chief minister of Karnataka

8 December - Day in History of India and Importance

1930 - Inspector General of Prisons, Colonel Simpson killed at Writers Building by IRA revolutionaries.
1932 - Indian Air Force Act was passed.
1996 - Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer to make 3000 runs in test cricket.
1998 - An Indian Film "Terrorist" won all top awards 23 Cairo International Film Festival.


1875 - Tej Bahadur Sapru
1900 - Uday Shankar (Dancer)
1920 - A. Adivi Reddy

10 December - Day in History of India and Importance

International World Freedom Day

1902 - Sir Ronald Ross was awarded Nobel Prize for discovering the cause of Malaria.
1907 - Rudyard Kipling author of "Jungle Book" received Nobel prize for literature.
1913 - Rabindranath Tagore was awarded Nobel Prize for literature.
1932 - Indian Military Academy was formally inaugurated.
1952 - World's First Official Family Planning program was started in India.
1967 - Earth quake hit Koyna Nagar.
1992 - Central Government bans RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, ISS and Jamait-e-Islami
1998 - Professor Amartya Sen won Noble Prize for Economics

Cricket - India beat NZ by 8 wickets in Chennai match, win One day series 5-0

The origin of genetic diversity found in South Asia is much older than 3,500 years
Aryan invasion theory not right. A Study claimed.


1878 - Rajaji - Chakravari Rajagopala Chari - In Hosur, Tamil Nadu - Muhammad Ali Jauhar (Founder of Jamia Millia Islamia)
1886 - Ardeshir M. Irani founder of Star Films
1902 - Nijalingappa Siddavanahalli
Rati Agnihotri  - Hindi film actress


1761 - Maharani Tarabai of Pune
1857 - Veer Narayan Singh executed publicly.

6 December - Day in History of India and Importance

Home Guards Day

1946 - Home Guards organization was established.
           On  6th December 1946, first Home Guards Unit was conceived and raised in erstwhile Bombay State during turmoil period of civil disorders and communal riots, as a civilian voluntary force in aid of administration as an auxilliary to Police, under the stewardship of late Morarji Desai, ex-Prime Minister.
1952 - First Indo Soviet Trade Agreement was signed
1987 - MiG 21 named as Baaz inducted into the IAF
1990 - VHP sponsored Kar Seva in Ayodhya

1992 - Mosque termed as Barbi Masjid was brought down by the crowd of kar sevaks.
            Photos - India Today and the description of events of the day

1997 - Kalpana Chawla, was one of the crew members of the space shuttle that returned to earth after a mission in space.

2000 - Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was given clean chit by Supreme Court in St. Kitts forgery case.

2014 - VHP is organizing a small function at Karsevakpuram Ayodhya as Shaurya Diwas. They agree that first priority for the Government now is development.  Ambedkar parinirman divas is being celebrated.

1945 - Nikhil Kumar Choudhary - 2009 Lok Sabha Member


1956 Dr. B.R. Amedkar died in Bombay

Friday, December 5, 2014

1 December - Day in History of India and Importance

Nagaland State Day
Mass Education Day
World's Aids Day

1764 - Battle of Anvadi
1921 - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was arrested and sent to jail.
1928 - First Talkie films show "British Talkies" was shown in Globe Theater, Calcutta
1931 - The Second Round Table conference that began in London ended. Congress was solely represented by Gandhi and Muslim League by Sir Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam, etc.
1963 - Nagaland became 16th state of India.
1965 - Border Security Force was organized.
1970 -T. Swaminathan was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary of India. He held this office till 02-11-1972
1985 - Rajiv Gandhi concludes the first official visit to Japan by an Indian Prime Minister at Tokyo.
1989 -V. P. Singh is named the new prime minister by President of India.
1991 - Stone laid for Sanskrit University at Kaladi.

2014 - 13 CRPF men killed in Maoist attack near Chintagufa, Sikma district, Sout Bastar region, Chhattisgarh. A deputy commandant and assistant commandant were among those killed.


1894 - Bhimsen Sachar

1954 - Medha Patkar


1974 Sucheta Kriplani, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, passed away.
1990 Vijayalaxmi Pandit, first Indian Lady Ambassador and Politician, passed away at the age of 90 years.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

4 December - Day in History of India and Importance

Navy Day

1796 - Bajirao became second Peshwa
1829 - Sati was abolished.
1982 - Asian Games at Delhi concluded.

2014 - Navy Day - President and PM  at "at Home" ceremony of Navy.

Picture source:

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other dignitaries during the 'At Home' reception, organised by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan on the occasion of Navy Day, in New Delhi on December 04, 2014.
CNR :62672 Photo ID :59948


1910 - R. Venkataraman - Former President of India, Amar Singh (M.P. and Samajwadi Party)
1919 - I.K. Gujral, Former PM
1976 - Milind Murli Deora - 2009 Lok Sabha Member

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3 December - Day in History of India and Importance

International Heart Transplant Day

1955 - Under article 343 (2)  of the constitution, Hindi was added to English as language for Union purposes.

1971 - India recognized Bangladesh and army marched into Bangladesh to support Mukti Bahini.
1971 - Three Pakistani Sabre air planes were shot down by Gnats.
1989 - Mulayam Singh invited as UP CM.
1991 - Lok Sabha question hour was telecast for the first time at 7.15 am


1882 - Nandlal Bose
1884 - Birthday of Dr. Rajendra Prasad - First President of India.
He was a doctorate in law.
1889 - Khudiram Bose
1982 - Mithali Raj - Cricket

1979 - Dhyan Chand - Hockey player

Monday, December 1, 2014

1999 - Historical Events and News - India

Nov. 1

A frenzied mob in Paradip attacks an IAF helicopter carrying the Defence Minister Mr. George Fernandes and two of his ministerial colleagues.

H. K. Dua, Senior Journalist and former editor of The Indian Express, and The Hindustan Times is appointed the Press Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Soli Sorbajee is reappointed the Attorney General.

Nov. 2

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) NSCN (K) announces ceasefire.

The Delhi HC dismisses a plea against Ms.Sonia Gandhi seeking deletion of her name from the register of Indian citizenship.

Nov. 3

Militants attack Army headquarters in Srinagar.

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan well-known agricultural scientist, is selected for the UNESCO Gandhi gold medal.

Mr. Harkishan Singh Surjeet donates property share to his party, CPI(M).

Nov. 5

Pope John Paul II arrives in New Delhi to a warm welcome.

The CBI arrests the Bihar Road Construction Minister Mr.Illiyas Hussain and conducts raids in the bitumen scam case.

The Prime Minister's office will be the next target says the outfit Lashkar-i-Taiba after attacking the Badamibagh contonement in Srinagar.

An accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts is held in Nepal.

Nov. 6

Red carpet welcome to Pope. He appreciates the religious freedom in India.

Later Pope visits Rajghat offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Nov. 9

BJP asks Mr. Kalyan Singh to step down, choses Ram Prakash Gupta as his successor.

Ignoring Ayodhya was a mistake says Mr. Kalyan Singh.

Prof. Romila Thapar, historian, is elected to the highest British academic honour.

Nov. 10

Cyclone toll crosses 7,000. The Prime Minister appoints one-man task force for Orissa.

17 Pakistani soldiers are killed in fighting near LoC.

Nov. 11

Mr. M. M. Rajendran will be the new Governor of Orissa.

Nov. 12

A 50-member BJP Ministry led by Ram Prakash Gupta is sworn in Uttar Pradesh.

A woman commits `sati' in Satpura village in Mohaba district of Uttar Pradesh.

Nov. 15

The All-Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants kill 17 in Tripura.

Notorious criminal Surendra alias Dolatpuri is shot dead in an encounter with the police at Khatavli, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Nov. 16

The Bihar Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan dismisses the Horticulture and Weights and Measurements Minister, Mr. Samrat Chaudhary in the Rabri Devi cabinet, for being `underaged'.

A petition is filed against Union Carbide in New York court.

Nov. 17

10 are killed in the Chennai Central prison violence

41 more Ministers are inducted into the Ram Prakash Gupta Ministry in Uttar Pradesh taking the strength of the Ministry to 91.

Nov. 18

23 escape from the Tura district jail in Meghalaya.

The ancestral home of J. Krishnamoorthy alias JK is to be preserved as a national monument.

Three Lashkar-i-Taiba militants including its Chief Commander are killed in a fierce encounter with Special Operations Group (SOG) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nov. 19

The Centre includes 126 more castes in OBC list.

Indira Gandhi Peace prize is presented to social worker of Bangladesh, Mr. Muhammed Yunus.

Nov. 20

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Luizinho Faleiro is asked to prove majority in the Assembly.

The melody queen, Ms. Lata Mangeshkar, a senior journalist Mr. `Cho' Ramaswamy, an eminent jurist, Mr. Fali S. Nariman and a veteran RSS leader Mr. Nanaji Deshmukh are being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

An Indian scientist, Mr. P.G.S. Mony is honoured by the French Government.

Nov. 22

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee expands cabinet as four more ministers join the ministry including Mr.Arun Shourie.

Mrs. V. S. Rama Devi and Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri are the new Governors of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

The toll in Orissa's super cyclone rises to 9,800.

The BSF unearths a 160-yard tunnel near the barbed wire fencing on the Pakistani side.

Nov. 23

Mr. Vinod Chandra Pandey takes over as the Governor of Bihar.

Nov. 24

A 11-member Indian National Congress (INC) (Sardinha) Ministry is sworn in Goa.

Nov. 25

The Gandhian and noted social worker Baba Amte is chosen for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 1999.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

The `Rainbow warrior' the campaignship of the international environmental group, Green Peace, arrives in Mumbai.

Nov. 26

Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya is the Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal.


The BJP joins the Goa Ministry. Meanwhile the new Governor of Goa, Mr. Mohammad Fazal is sworn in.

A city court acquits the former Union Minister Mr. H.K.L. Bhagat in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

Nov. 27

The BJP suspends the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kalyan Singh from the primary membership of the Party for defying Mr. Vajpayee.

The Special Relief Commissioner of Orissa, Mr. D. N. Padhi is suspended for alleged irregularities in the procurement of polythene sheets for the cyclone-hit families.

Two persons are killed and 16 others injured in a grenade attack on army camp in Srinagar.

Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is sworn in Punjab Governor.

Nov. 28


Senior Awami League leader, Mr. Mohammed Anwar Sheikh is killed and his wife and daughter-in-law are seriously injured in militants attack on his house in Kashmir.

Bid to blast the railway station in Andhra Pradesh by People's War Group (PWG) is foiled.

The Joint Struggle Committee of Financial Sector unions give a call for a nation-wide stir over the IRA Bill.

Nov. 29

The Nagaland Chief Minister, Mr. S. C. Jamir escapes an attempt on his life.

The Finance Minister, introduces the FEMA Bill, rejects the Left's charge.


Nov. 30

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Francisco Sardinha wins trust vote.

Dec. 1

The former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is named ``Woman of the Millennium'' in a BBC poll.

The SC quashes a pending inquiry initiated by the Election Commission against the former Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh.

Dec. 2

The Lok Sabha passes Insurance, FEMA and Money Laundering Bills.

In Tamil Nadu, former AIADMK Minister, Mr. Nagoor Meeran and his wife are sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in `disproportionate wealth' case.

Dec. 4

Orissa  Chief Minister, Mr. Giridhar Gamang agrees to resign.

Mr. Uman J. Shah is sworn in West Bengal Governor.

Dec. 5

India's Yukta Mookhey is crowned Miss World.

The Union Home Ministry ask Intelligence Bureau (IB) to conduct an inquiry against IB officials in ISRO spy case.

Dec. 7

India and Russia sign a 10-year protocol.

Dec. 8

The former Punjab Minister, Mr. Brij Bhupinder Singh alias Lalli, is arrested on charges of fraud and misappropriation of public funds.

Dr. Shankar K. Pal of the Indian statistical institute is selected for the G.D. Birla Award for 1999.

Dec. 9

BJP expels the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh.

The Mumbai HC dismisses the plea of the sacked Navy chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat challenging his dismissal.

Dec. 10

The Prime Minister launches a Rs. 100- crore national venture fund for IT industry.

The expelled Kalyan Singh decides to form a new party.

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Mr. Jaipal Reddy are chosen outstanding parliamentarians for 1997 and 1998 respectively.

Dec. 11

Mr. Gopalakrishna Gandhi, former High Commissioner to South Africa, is conferred the honorary doctorate by the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Dr. M. L. Madhu, poet and translator wins the Pushkin Gold Medal award.

Dec. 12

Mr. Umod Chandra Pande is sworn in the Governor of West Bengal.

Dec. 13

The Railways announces concessions for senior citizens, students upto Class-X and poor.

Dr. V. Kurien gets the Paulos Mar Gregorius Award 1999.

The Government lodges protest with the Pakistani Rangers following the discovery of a tunnel near the Indo-Pak border.

Dec. 14

The Haryana Assembly is dissolved.

Dec. 15

Militants attack two security camps in northern Kashmir.

Dec. 16

The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Transport, MR. Likhiram Karve is hacked to death by naxalites.


India receives the last set of Bofors papers from Swiss authorities.

India agrees to a financial system stability assessment (FSSA) by the IMF.

The second phase of national AIDS programme is launched.

Dec. 17

The expelled BJP leader Mr. Kalyan Singh floats a new party Rashtriya Kranti Party .

Bill to amend Copyright Act of 1957 is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Dec. 18

Trishul is test-fired successfully.

Four Pakistani troops are killed by Indian soldiers across the Poonch sector in Jammu.

The PWG blasts railway track in Bihar.

The noted historian Dr. Romila Thapar cautions historians on Somnath temple.

Dec. 19

The Rashtra Chethna Yatra reaches Hyderabad.


Dec. 20

The Government rejects the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim's conditional offer to surrender.

The Delhi HC dismisses a plea from Mr. Rajendra Yadav challenging his retirement from the Prachar Bharati Board.

States agree on uniform ST.

Dec. 21

The Gujarat Government asks the Hindu Jagran March to go-ahead with Shilanyas for a Ram temple at Halmodi in Surat district.

The PWG claims responsibility for the murder of Likhiram Karve, Madhya Pradesh Minister.

The Manisana Wage Board for Journalists and Non-Journalists of Newspapers presents tentative proposals to the Government.

Dec. 22

Shilanyas for Ram temple in a Gujarat village is peaceful.

The Union Cabinet decides to repeal 18 Acts.

Dec. 25

An Indian Airlines aircraft with 187 passengers on board is hijacked. The plane was going from Katmandu to New Delhi. It lands near Abu Dhabi after several hops.

Dec. 26

Hijackers release 26 passengers from the flight, which has been flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1759 - Alamgir was murdered by his minister Imad ul Mulk
1896 - Gandhi sailed for South Africa with his family members
1982 - World premier of Attenborough's Gandhi in Delhi.


1858 - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose
1948 - K.R. Vijaya
1950 - Subash Chandra, Vani Jayaram
1957 - Dr. G. Vivekanand - 2009 Lok Sabha Member


1915 - Gurajada Venkata Appa Rao, Telugu author died.
1999 - Prof. M.N. Srinivas, Sociologist died.
2012 - I.K. Gujral former prime minister passed away.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

History of India - November Top 10 posts

29 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1948 - Constituent Assembly bans discrimination against untouchables.
1961 - Yuri Gegarin of USSR who walked in the space came to India.
1962 - Haryana achieved the target of supplying electricity to 100% of the villages.
1989 - Rajiv Gandhi Resigned as Prime Minister of India, as his party did not win enough seats to form the Government.
1991 - Test cricket debut of Javagal Srinath
2000 - India signed as counter trade oil agreement with Iraq.


1945 - Basori Singh Masram - 2009 Lok Sabha Member -   INC
1953 - Bahuriya Ramswarup Devi, known as Lakshmibai of Bihar passed away. She led Chapra District Revolt.

Friday, November 28, 2014

28 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1927 - Death of Lala Lajpatrai due to injuries sustained in lathi charge in protect against Simon Commission

1956 - Chou En- lai, Prime Minister of China came to India.
1997 - Seven months old United Front Government with I.K. Gujral as Prime Minister went out of office.
2000 - Ram Vilas Paswan launched party Janashakti in Delhi.



1967 - Senapati Bapat passed away. He led Mulshi satyagraha.
1993 - JRD Tata passed away in Geneva.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

16 November - - Day in History of India and Importance

National Press Day

1713 - Chhatrapati Shahu appointed Balaji Vishwanath as 'Peshwa'
1835 - Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. She was named Manikarnika and was called 'Manu'.

1860 - Steam Ship S.S.Truno sailed into Durban, Natal with 342 Indians onboard who went to South Africa for working there.

1908 - Bommi Narsingh Reddy, famous film story writer, was born.
1958 - India and U.S.S.R. sign trade agreement to exchange Soviet industrial and agricultural equipment for farm commodities at Moscow.
1962 - Chinese troops launch a major offensive against India.
1966 - Press Council of India was established (National Press Day)
1990 - Chandrasekhar Government wins confidence motion of 280 for 214 against and 11 abstained (17 members were absent).
1991 - Voting day in 15 Lok Sahba general elections

1992 - Supreme Court upholds Mandal Committee report implementation
2000 - The Government to reduce equity holding in nationalised banks from 51 per cent to 33 per cent.
2013 - Last day of Test Cricket for Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar

Margashirsha Shukla Ekadashi - Gita Jayanti

Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagvad Gita,

It is celebrated on the Shukla Ekadasi, 11th day of the waxing moon of Margashirsha month (November-December).

The "Bhagavad Gita" was revealed to Arjuna by Sri Krishna  in the battlefield of Kurukshetra (in present day Haryana, India). Krishna told Arjuna to act according to his dharma.

A summary of Bhagavad Gita.

No body in the universe can stop activity. Every individual keeps doing some thing or other activity. Every individual has the right to do a proper activity after due thinking, but results may not happen as expected as the rest of the world acts in its own way and it is not under the control of one man. So a man should not get attached too much to the results of any particular action. But he has to keep acting according to his knowledge of dharma. In the Bhagavadgita, Krishna described Jnana Yoga that gives knowledge to one to make sense of the world. Raja Yoga which is doing great things in this world which are not within the abilities of many people. Karma yoga is doing activities that one has to do in a natural way as he comes across in his life. Bhakti yoga is great devotion to God or Jnana and Raja yogis or even karma yogis.  Bhakti yoga talks of willingness to follow, waiting for directions and implementing the directions like a karma yogi. Hanuman is considered a bhakta, even though he is a great Raja Yogi. He did many great adventures. But he did them on the directions of his object of devotion Shri Rama.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Margashirsha - Shukla Panchami

2013 - 7 December

Naag Panchami, Shriram Vivah Utsava, Shri Panchami,

The sacred marriage of Devi Sita with Lord Rama was held on Margashirsha Shukla Panchami as per Valmiki Ramayana (This occasion is known as Seetha Kalyana).

24 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1926 - Aurobindo Ghose attained purna Siddhi
1989 - Sachin Tendulkar becomes the youngest cricketer to score a fifty in test cricket.


1899 - Pandit Hiralal Shastri, First CM Rajastan
1924 - R.K. Laxman
1944 - Amol Palekar
1952 - Brijesh Patel
1954 - Parvez Hashmi - 2012 Rajya Sabha Member

25 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1948 - National Cadet Corps (NCC) was established.
1956 - Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned as Railway Minister taking responsibility for a rail accident.
1993 - Platinum Jubilee International Symposium on Nutrition - National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, Platinum Jubilee.
1999 - Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam appointed as Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India.


1879 - Shri Tanvardas Lilaram Vasvani
1977 - Dilip Kumar Tirkey - 2009 Rajya Sabha Member

Sunday, November 23, 2014

23 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1919 - All India Khilafat Conference in Delhi
1948 - Poonch in Jammu region, was relieved from the attack of tribals from Pakistan.
1983 - CHOGM meets at Delhi
1991 - Bhaskaracharya Research Institute established at Dhule
1997 - Nirad C. Chaudhuri became a centurion in his life by celebrating his 100th birthday.


Nirad Chaudhuri (1897)
Puttaparti Satya Sai Baba (1926)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

22 November - Day in History of India and Importance

1915 - Gandhi returned to India
1988 - Baba Amte was given UN Human Rights award
1989 - Ninth General Election began for Lok Sabha

1939 - Mulayam Singh Yadav - 2009, 2014 Lok Sabha Member
            Former Defence Minister Government of India - Former Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

1948 - Saroj Khan (Choreographer)

1773 - Death of Robert Clive

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

18 November - Day in History of India and Importance

Vasco da Gama reached the Cape of Good Hope.

Battle of Rezang La in India - China war 1962. 120 Indian soldiers of Chalie company of 13 Kumaon batallion defended their position and killed more than 1000 Chinese soldiers.
Hindi film Haqeeqat 1964 film is made on this battle story.

Heroes of Rezang La Honoured by CNN IBN - I saw the felicitation in the  repeat telecast of this program on 25 December 2012


Major Shaitan Singh - Param Vir Chakra

Major Shaitan Singh - Second Param Vir Chakra Awardee

Indian Army Official Page 

Param Vir Chakra - Google Book

Pages on Major Shaitan Singh

Watch Video on Param Vir Major Shaitan Singh



Himalaya Films upload

India - China War - 1962

The attack by Chinese began on 19 October 1962
By 23 October they occupied a large territory and on 24 made some proposals to Indian Government regarding cessation of hostilities.

On 20th November Bomdila fell.

Unsung Battles of 1962 

Gurdip Singh Kler
Lancer Publishers, 1995 - 525 pages  (Preview facility)

War in High Himalaya: The Indian Army in Crisis, 1962

D. K. Palit
C. Hurst & Co. Publishers, 01-Jan-1991 -  450 pages

The circumstances attending the disastrous campaign that followed the Chinese invasion of India's Himalayan borders have never been clearly understood. Even today, some three decades after the ceasefire of November 1962, very little official information has been made available to the public or the press about that brief but traumatic episode.

The author is Director of Military Operations at Army Headquarters during that fateful period and he both witnessed and took part in the processes through which government policies were formulated and the decision taken to go to war against the Chinese, in circumstances that must have indicated inevitable catastrophe.

General Palit describes with refreshing candour the ad hoc nature of the decision-making apparatus at prime ministerial and cabinet levels, the lack of any semblance of coordinated staff analyses, the over-reach of government into the responsibilities of the military, and the quiescence of the latter in permitting it. He is uninhibited in recording facts as he saw them and the opinions he held at the time, though always careful to distinguish between that and hind-sight rationalization. While commenting on the actions of others the author is also frankly and disarmingly self-critical. In an attempt to explain the historical causes for the almost total lack of inter-face between the government and the military, a leitmotiv that runs through the narrative, the author has made an interesting analysis of the ethos of the Indian Army as it has developed during the British-Indian period, an inheritance from the colonial past that remained unchanged despite forty-five years of independence. In a fascinating postscript the author demonstrates that this malfunctioning of the government's national security system continues to the present day. (Preview the book)

India and the China Crisis
Steven A. Hoffmann
University of California Press, 1990 - Political Science - 324 pages

Ten Truths about the 1962 War

Reasons for the Bomdila debacle

Memories of 1962 War - Times of India

The Se La Debacle of 1962  (To be read again)

Unforgettable Battle of 1962 : 13 Kumaon at Rezang La

Battle of Rezang La - Article by me under preparation