The Bravehearts of the war that gave birth to Bangladesh

March 17, 2022 11:19 am STI

New Delhi [India]March 17 (ANI/PRNewswire): Heroes of 1971 tells the stories of the fearless warriors who fought heroic battles to liberate Bangladesh, redrawing the map of South Asia in what is still considered the most conclusive military victory – in a ‘just war’–in contemporary history.
Written by serving and retired officers of the three services to celebrate the memory of the four Param Vir Chakras and the seventy-six Maha Vir Chakra winners of the war, the essays in this book were first published in The Grandstand, Chandigarh. From the exploits of Air Force Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon who rose to the occasion with the Flying Bullets at Srinagar Airfield to the capture of POWs at Faujdahat by Brig. “Kilo Force” by Anand Sarup, this book lists everything, while global analyzes by veterans, senior bureaucrats and journalists help set the scene and give readers a better understanding of the war.
Editor’s biography:
Rajesh Ramachandran is editor of The Tribune, one of the country’s oldest newspapers, and former editor of Outlook. For nearly three decades he has worked with some of India’s leading publications and a television station in New Delhi, reporting on war and insurgency, and writing on politics, political economy, government affairs and conflicts. The edited volume of essays and archival material, Martyrdom to Freedom: 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh, published in 2019, was his first book.
“The written accounts highlight the emphatic victory of our armed forces over Pakistan. These writings will serve as a tribute to the bravery of all who participated in the historic war effort.” – General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC; Chief of the Defense Staff

“These articles, written by the country’s defense writers, including retired and serving defense officers, commentators and analysts, will serve as a tribute to the bravery of our officers and men.” – General MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC; Army Chief of Staff
“Written by the nation’s finest defense writers and analysts, these articles will serve as a tribute to the gallant action of all warriors in the air. The IAF’s golden hour was aptly captured in articles about our warriors.” – Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC; Air Chief of Staff
“Engaging compilation of articles… Naval battles during the war have been evocatively covered, highlighting some of the finest moments in the history of the Indian Navy. On the occasion of Swarnim Vijay Varsh, this publication rightly commemorates our victory and honors our valiant soldiers, sailors and warriors of the air.”- Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC; Chief of the Naval Staff
HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions.
Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award.
HarperCollins India has been awarded Publisher of the Year three times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016 and 2018. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.
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