The power contained inside the pages of a book is immense. A book is a garden, a storeroom, a party, a company, and a counselor. Books are a special kind of enchantment because when carried around along proves immense knowledge and serenity. You haven’t discovered the proper book if you don’t like reading. You will be permanently unfettered once you learn to read.
While reading and reading, we occasionally forget some of the tremendous contributions made by our Indian soldiers who offered their all so that we might live a happy and secure life. Let’s read some books about the Kargil war, shall we? Before we go into the finest books about the Kargil war, let us first establish what it is all about.
The Kargil War, popularly called the Kargil war, was an armed battle among India and Pakistan that took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil area and elsewhere along the Line of Control from May to July 1999. (LoC). The intrusion of Pakistani forces dressed as Kashmiri militants into outposts on the Indian side of the Line of Control was the basic reason for the battle. The battle was the most prominent example of high-altitude fighting in hilly terrain, and as a result, the combatants faced severe logistical challenges.
So, let’s have a look at some of the best books about the Kargil War that can be found on Amazon.
Best Books on the Kargil War
1. Kargil: Untold Stories from the War
By Rachna Bisht Rawat (Author)
This book covers a plethora of basic questions about troops and everything linked to them.
Why do trapped soldiers request that Bofors fire on their own position?
Why is an elderly dad in Palampur battling for his deceased soldier son’s equality?
What motivates a martyr’s father to pay an annual visit to a young Kashmiri girl?
Kargil takes you inside the dangerous slopes where the Indian Army fought some of its toughest fights. Rachna Bisht Rawat presents stories of amazing human heroism, not just of those in the military but also of those who loved them the most, by interviewing war survivors and victims’ families. Kargil is a monument to the 527 young heroes who lost their life for us and the many who were willing to do so as well, with its gritty stories of unparalleled valour.
2. The Kargil Girl: An autobiography
By Flt Lt Gunjan Saxena(retd) with Kiran Nirvana (Author)
In 1994, Gunjan Saxena, then twenty years old, takes a train to Mysore for the fourth Short Service Commission pilot course selection procedure. She graduates from the Air Force Academy in Dundigal as Pilot Officer Gunjan Saxena after seventy-four weeks of grueling training.
Local shepherds in Kargil claim a Pakistani incursion on May 3, 1999. Thousands of Indian forces have been engaged in brutal mountain combat since mid-May, with the goal of flushing out the intruders. With all of its pilots at its disposal, the Indian Air Force starts Operation Safed Sagar.
Despite the fact that female pilots have yet to be deployed in a combat zone, women are used for medical evacuation, supply drops, and surveillance. This is Saxena’s chance to show her worth.
From airdropping vital supplies to Indian troops in the Dras and Batalik regions and casualty evacuation in the midst of a battle, to meticulously informing her superiors of enemy positions and even narrowly avoiding a Pakistani rocket missile during one of her sorties, Saxena has earned the nickname “The Kargil Girl.”
In her own words, here is her remarkable story.
3. Letters From Kargil: The Kargil war through our soldiers’ eyes
‘Our men are responding to each enemy threat with double the ferocity and energy, with their feet deep in snow and weapons drawn, but my heart is elsewhere.’
In an unexpected invasion in Kargil, Ladakh, India was invaded by Pakistan in May 1999. Diksha Dwivedi’s father was among the war’s martyrs. She chronicles the narrative of the Kargil conflict via the letters and diaries of her father and other soldiers who served there in this beautiful and touching book.
Letters from Kargil is the most unique and personal depiction of the conflict ever published, and it is sensitive and heartfelt.
4. 1971: Stories of Grit and Glory from the Indo-Pak War
Major General Ian Cardozo, a decorated combat veteran, explains what actually happened during the 1971 Indo-Pak war in this compilation of genuine stories, stitching together every incident in vividly via interviews with survivors and their families. The book also aims to pay tribute to those who were killed or injured during the conflict, which occurred fifty years ago.
This story shows what went on in the minds of those who led their men into battle-on land, at sea, and in the air-from the tragic story of the INS Khukri and its brave captain, who perished with his ship, to how a battalion of Gorkhas launched what we accept as the last khukuri attack in modern military history.
5. The Art of War: Spirituality for Conflict
6. Vijyant at Kargil: The Biography of a War Hero
The memories from his family and close friends come alive, and we get to know the amazing young man that Vijyant was, as told by his father and Neha Dwivedi, a martyr’s daughter herself. His moving account offers a rare look into the mind of a courageous soldier.