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Army to release a new book on 1965 war that will show how India won the war

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New Delhi: The outcome of the 1965 India-Pakistan war has been shrouded in mystery due to conflicting claims and reports by the both sides. While India has maintained that the result was kind of a stalemate though India had the upper hand, Pakistan has for long claimed decisive victory for itself. Pakistan even celebrates September 6th as “Defense of Pakistan Day.”

India Pakistan War 1965Now, for the first time, Indian Army is bringing out a new book on the war, that counter’s the assertions of the Pakistan’s claim to victory and tries to establish how India decisively won the war.

The book is a part of an ongoing project taken up by the Defense Ministry to re-write histories of various wars and major operations, so that they can be made simple and reader friendly, according to a report published in Times of India.

The new book, which has been commissioned by the Army’s official think-tank “Centre for Land Warfare Studies,” will be written by defense analyst Nitin Gokhale and will be titled “1965, Turning the Tide: How India Won the War”.

The book says that India not only thwarted Pakistan’s plans against India, it also inflicted great damage and losses on the Pakistan’s military. The book supports these assertions by showing how India lost only 540 square km to Pakistan while it captured 1,920 square km of Pakistani territory; India lost 2,862 soldiers against Pakistan’s 5,800; and India lost less than 100 tanks whereas Pakistan lost around 450 tanks, as per TOI report.

Meanwhile, Indian Air Force’s new history debunks Pakistan’s claim to victory in aerial combat during 1965 war.

The book gains significance in the backdrop of Narendra Modi government’s decision to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the war as a great victory for India.

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Big reforms made India fastest growing major economies globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai. Photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs big reform.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise. www.mapsofindia.com

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS

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