Western Command organizes seminar on 1965 Indo-Pak war

Excelsior Correspondent
CHANDIGARH, July 29: Western Command of the Indian Army, based near Chandigarh organised a seminar on 1965 Indo-Pak war, at Manekshaw Auditorium, Chandimandir to commemorate 50 years of the victory.
A large number of serving and retired officers, who had participated in the Indo-Pak War 1965, also attended the programme. The keynote address was delivered by Lt Gen K J Singh, Army Commander, Western Command. A two-minute silence was observed in the remembrance of the war heroes of 1965, before the eminent panelists consisting of war veterans, senior retired officers and Military historians deliberated on various facets of the war.
Harmala Gupta, daughter of Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Vir Chakra, the then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command and known as ‘Saviour of the Western borders’ was the guest of honour. A large number of veterans residing in the Chandigarh shared their experience and opinions with the large gathering comprising of officers and ladies.
The panel of speakers covered a vide spectra of subjects and events, the prominent among the panelists were Lieutenant General Harbhajan Singh (Retired), who elaborated on ‘Higher Direction of War’. Lt Gen TSS Shergill , covered ‘1st Corps Operations’ while Lt Gen VK Kapoor, (Retired), Major General K Ganguly, (Retired), Brig Jasbir Singh (Retired), Maj Gen KS Kohli (Retired) and Maj Gen SP Jhingon KC, (Retired) deliberated upon the important ‘Battle of Phillora’, Lt Gen Depinder Singh (Retired) and Rakesh Dutta with their panel brought out the lessons learnt from the war. Eminent scholars like Dr Kamal Kinger and Umrao Singh highlighted the then prevailing geo-political situation leading to the conflict.
The proceedings of the seminar were streamed live to various military stations at Dehradun, Meerut, Patiala and to the students of Army Public Schools at Ambala and Chandimandir. The seminar concluded on a high note with vote of thanks by the Army Commander, Western Command.

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