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Chiefs of services release book on valiant soldiers at 'Kitaab'

New Delhi: It was an evening dedicated to valour and sacrifice of those who showed exemplary courage in the face of death while fighting f...

New Delhi: It was an evening dedicated to valour and sacrifice of those who showed

exemplary courage in the face of death while fighting for their Motherland.

January 17 saw personnel from the Armed Forces, their families, veteran officers, and the Capital’s literati at IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) for the launch of India’s Most Fearless 3 – New Military Stories of Unimaginable Courage and Sacrifice authored by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh.

The 'Kitaab' event was organised by Prabha Khaitan Foundation (PKF) and supported by Shree Cement as part of their CSR activity. The event was moderated by Aakriti Periwal of Ehsaas Women from Jaipur.

Published by Penguin, the book also includes an exclusive first-hand account of the 2020 Galwan clash.

India’s Most Fearless 3 was released by the Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj

Pandey, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari in the presence of IGNCA’s Pratap Anand Jha, Ehsas Woman of Delhi Neelima Dalmia Adhar, the editor of the book Milee Ashwarya, and Anindita Chatterjee, executive trustee of Prabha Khaitan Foundation.

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari complimented the authors for a fascinating narration of well-researched and documented stories.

“The success of books such as India’s Most Fearless 3 is a testimony of the fact that

people are fascinated by the courage of men and women in uniform. These stories not only offer a glimpse into the indomitable spirit of the soldiers in the face of overwhelming odds but will also serve as a source of inspiration for many generations in the future,” he said.

Calling it an exceptionally good book, Admiral R Hari Kumar said that each of the stories in the book is “wholesome. The authors have talked extensively to families, fellow officers, friends of the martyrs, etc. rather than letting them just be an account of events.

He spoke about the two vividly written naval stories that highlight the challenges of the seas as an operating environment which is a facet not understood by many.

Picking up stories from the different arms of our Services including one from the Medical Corps, the book, General Manoj Pandey said, encapsulates the courage and sacrifices of our intrepid soldiers in a simple yet lucid manner.

“The USP of the book lies in the fact that it gives a vivid account of what they have to endure 24X7, 365 days of the year, while also giving insights into what their families have to go through,” he added.

The gathering also felicitated some of the close family members of the martyrs who have been written about in the book. The evening concluded with a Q and A session by Nilima Adhar Dalmia, the three chiefs, and the authors.


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