Pune: Veteran Army officials believe that Kashmir problem cannot be solved by military action. The officers were speaking at the release of the second edition of a book, ‘Ours Not to Reason Why: With the IPKF in Sri Lanka’ written by Brigadier RR Palsokar (retd) about the experience of Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s.
Lt Gen BT Pandit (retd), Brig HS Kaura (retd), Colonel Anand Bhagwat (retd) shared their views. Avinash Kale of Sunidhi Publishers and several veterans were present at the book launch function at Abasaheb Garware College on Sunday.
“Military can aid civil authorities in restoring law and order issues. In Kashmir, it is a political problem. The Army will keep on killing terrorists but new ones replace them. So it is the politicians who will have to come out with a solution for J & K. At the same time I am against the withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act as it will weaken the Army in dealing with an armed insurgency,” said Pandit, who was awarded Vir Chakra for his bravery during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
His book narrates his experiences as a brigade commander as part of the IPKF in Sri Lanka. He commanded the 7 Infantry Brigade in the citadel of the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for two years.
“What was it like for those who had to fight there. Brig Palsokar’s account describes this from the perspective of a field commander on the ground,” Lt Gen Pandit added.
Brig Kaura, who was seriously injured during the IPKF operations, said, “It was a very difficult war as we were fighting with limited resources in unknown place where the enemy was well trained and considerably more equipped than us.”