This book answers vital question on the relations between India and Pakistan. Was the Pakistani intrusion into Kargil an isolated incident? Was it a manifestation of the evolution of dichotomy in Indo-Pak relations? Why does Pakistan consider Kashmir the ‘core’issue”? What are the nuances of fighting in the rugged high altitudes?
Kargil 1999 by Gen. Bammi discusses the intrusions and investigates into the readiness of the Indian war machine to face the challenge before them.The author also incorporates the criticism of the management of the Armed Forces during the Kargil war by analysing and offering various options that each level of command could have possibly adopted, to achieve better results.
Being a retired Army official, the author acknowledges that the army is not a singular force but is made of individuals who contribute through their patriotically stoic endeavours to achieve collective victory. The book higlights the gallantry of the Indian Armed Forces who fought in challenging conditions against the enemy.
Waeved into the narrative is an assessment of the success of the Indian and American diplomatic efforts to ease tension. The author presents a wide and intelligent understanding of the war, its implications and pragmatic lessons for the future.