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Death Wasn’t Painful: Stories of Indian Fighter Pilots from the 1971 War Paperback – 27 Aug 2014
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The book portrays the subtle and human reactions of soldiers when faced with the harsh realities of war-injuries, death, broken families, alienation and grief.(The Statesman)
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Dhirendra S. Jafa, Wing Commander (Retd.), Indian Air Force, was taken prisoner of war in Pakistan during the 1971 conflict. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for bravery in the battlefield.
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is an interesting glimpse into the style of military leadership practiced by leaders like Jafa, to lead young rookie fighter pil
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While there are a quite few accounts by Fighter Pilots describing capture and captivity during the Vietnam war(including a very moving account by senator John McCain)very few such accounts exist,detailing this aspect of the Indo Pak wars which took place in the same time frame. Dhirendra S Jafa's book was actually published earlier under the title "Three countries,one people".It covers the same escape and recapture adventure narrated in the recently published "Four miles to Freedom".However after reading Wingco Jafa's account it would appear that even though he could not take part in the actual escape(due to his injuries),he was in many respects the escape plan leader,especially in view of the fact that the senior IAF Officer was against the plan,as he assessed the risks to be too high.The main part of the book is written in the 3rd person in the style of a fiction novel,it therefore succeeds in describing aspects of the POW experience as if by a detached observer,and not one of the participants. In fact he uses the various experiences in captivity as a subtext for a commentary on larger political questions that plague the 3 countries of the Sub-continent to this day.But that apart,what is of greater interest to me as a student of military history... is an interesting glimpse into the style of military leadership practiced by leaders like Jafa, to lead young rookie fighter pilots into combat both in the air and on the ground.
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