BALAKOT AIR STRIKE : How India Avenged Pulwama

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“This book provides a chilling and poignant account of the ghastly Pulwama terror attack in the Kashmir Valley. A painstakingly compiled engrossing account of the IAF's strike back, has filled me with exhilarating emotions and pride. . . The details are simply absorbing. . . I am sure even a layman will understand, appreciate and applaud this sincere work that is worth a prize,”

 

Wing Comander Nikunj H Bhatt (Retd), a 1971-war veteran

 

“The intense yet gripping account reveals for the very first time, in a barely disguised fictional format, how the Jaish-e-Mohammed conceived of and executed the ghastly Pulwama attack. The cataclysmic blast ripped through the CRPF convoy, instantly dismembering 40 bravehearts, triggering an unprecedented human tragedy and inviting a more devastating response from the nation, namely the Balakot air strike and its ensuing consequences. The author clears a mountain of misconceptions generated by speculative media reports floating in public space,”

 

Sudip Talukdar, Strategic Affairs columnist and Author, Proxy War-The Counter Moves and Scary Portents: India Under Siege

 

More Information

ISBN 13 978-1942426615
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
Publishing Year 2021
Total Pages 298
Authors Manan Bhatt  
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Freedom & Security Books   Political Parties   War Stories   International Politics   Best Seller Books  
Weight 300.00 g
Dimension 12.70 x 19.80 x 2.10

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February 14, 2019, Pulwama

The bus neared milestone 272…At 03.33 pm, the suicide bomber…. struck the ill-fated bus on the left, exactly at the spot where Head Constable Naseer Ahmed was seated. . . .In fraction of a second, a red hot and blinding inferno smashed. . . slicing open their bodies. The 40 brave and dedicated men of CRPF were now martyrs.

 

February 26, 2019, Inside Pakistan

Reaching the target at an altitude of 4,000 metres above Mean Seal Level, one km above the Jabba Top, the Spice glider positioned itself to execute a perpendicular strike on the terror camps. All the bombs struck the top of their assigned targets achieving maximum penetration. . . . They had nowhere to hide or run.

 

In a space of 12 days in February 2019, the world saw a new India—not afraid to hunt down its tormentors hiding in another country. Author Manan Bhatt takes you through every single detail of the two epochal events in recent Indian history—the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent Balakot Air-Strike—in this gripping, riveting, yet sensitively told account.

 

From the moments before the ill-fated CRPF bus was hit, to the cockpits from where precision bombs were triggered, and everything that transpired in those 12 momentous, expectation-filled days—find every single detail in the book.

 

The best of the planes, the best of pilots, the top-most officials, the groundsmen—all met, planned, visualized war-room scenarios, spent sleepless nights before, finally, striking hard and precise deep behind the enemy line.

 

Follow our braveheart ‘Abhi’, the man in Mig 21 Bison, who had the audacity to down the famed F-16, and also the sagacity, grit and determination to stone-wall questions from the enemy. Know how he endured torture, including waterboarding, but left his interrogators disappointed, while being aware that his family was at risk.

 

A racy thriller, adrenalin-pushing action, and a story that makes your patriotism brim over, while also filling you with a sense of gratitude and pride towards the men in Sky Blue.

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Balakot Air Strike:How India Avenged Pulwama

Well researched and fast paced Thriller.
Review by - Vivekanand Thapaliyal, August 05, 2021

Balakot Air Strike

So nicely narrated and describe the true military story . Writer have sound knowledge of specific military information. This book will attain five star rating in future. My best wishes for it's huse success. Jai Hind Vande Mataram Bharat Mata Ki Jai
Review by - Man Mohan Das, August 07, 2021

Mr

Eagerly waiting for the book
Review by - Amit Kumar, August 10, 2021

Protecting Nations Independence

Manan Bhatt has simply put across the Balakot engagements through this writing, with over the years of efforts in such compilation and very much thrilling experience of the live events put forth !!! Good Read this Independence Day...!
Review by - Jignesh Pandya, August 13, 2021

Sergeant

This book is the conviction of veteran Manan Bhats new book. Building on a long career as petty officer in Indian navy, became defence analyst and journalist with a bent of mind towards social activism. The writer examines the post Pulwama surge happened which has created shift in Indian political paradigm on and over defence strategy as a measure of counter terrorism. The writer vividly described the scenario of the days just after pulwama attack on CRPF convoy, killing 40 Jawan, as the India rallied behind Mr. Modi and his newly initiated war on terror, many people visualised the use of India's military might as a fast and efficient way to cut through the Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Indian subcontinent. It is the the reality not a fiction interwoven with different spell of events in narration the author has researched from amongst the list of information from various primary and secondary sources. Must read book
Review by - Jayant V Patel, August 15, 2021

Excellent book

Well effort by Manan Bhatt
Review by - Avanish Kumar Pandey, August 24, 2021

Must read

It's a nice book by which u can come to know about the man those r guardian of not only border but our peace and happiness also depends on them. Thnx Manan Bhatt for such a nice book
Review by - Ramendra Pandey, August 27, 2021

Must Read. An excellent read

Religious fanaticism and mental disorder are the two sides of the same coin” says the author Manan Bhatt. Thank you Garuda Books for your timely and safe delivery. On the ill-fated morning of 14th February 2019, 40 CPRF personnel attainted veergati when a convoy of vehicles transporting around 2500 CPRF personnel were attacked by the Pakistani harbored suicide bomber. How can one forget the grave silence and fury burning under the skin of every Indian. It had to be avenged. Balakot Air Strike – How India Avenged Pulwama authored by Navy Veteran Manan Bhatt is a strikingly written book with crisp details from one of the recent events in the Indian military history. The book opens with an heartwarming episode that captures the life of the CPRF head constable posted in Kashmir. The author has done an exceptional job at bringing out the emotional last journey of the Pulwama martyrs. Even the stealthiest of them all will be shaken after this chapter. The last call to the family, the last messages exchanged, the last few conversations that transpired between the martyrs and their loved ones will be forever etched in my memory. The details of the blast will leave you in tears and unfathomable fury. While the nation mourned for the martyrs, India’s defense forces burnt the midnight oil behind the desk, planning to avenge and show the Neighbors that today’s India is not going to sit and watch, transformed India is going to answer back with grit and force. Our neighbors did not have a slightest idea about what was coming their way. It is not hard to comprehend after reading a few pages that the author is a soldier himself. The command over the subject, meticulous details of the warfare, the aircrafts and the in-depth proficiency on missiles can only be found in a soldier. The author takes us through the nerve racking events from the planning of the balakot air strike in the war-rooms, to the attack on the terror camps on wee hours of the 26th February and striking hard with precision, deep behind the enemy lines by crossing the LOC for the first time ever. The author’s narration of every second left me feeling like I was right there amidst all the nail biting sequences. The technical details of the strike are mind-blowing, thoroughly over bowled by the writer’s style of presentation. The writer then takes the interest of the reader up by several notches with the intense narration of the midair skirmishes that took place between the PAF 16 and the MiG 21 Bison which took down the Pakistani fighter jet with ease. The author has not left out any gruesome details of days of torture inflicted by the Pakistani army officials on the wing commander Abhinandan who became a POW (Prisoner of War) when his fighter jet was shot down minutes after PAF-16 met its final fate. An overwhelming feeling of patriotism and pride fueled me while I read how Wing commander Abhinandan braved fearlessly through those 60 odd hours and returned back to his homeland safely. The author ends the book with a vital piece of history that probably most of us are not aware about. The missing Prisoners of War from the 1965 & 71 wars who were declared missing in action and till date there has not been any credible news about the 54 POW’s. The book on a different dimension reflects how the present government and PMO gave the complete freedom of the retaliation to the security forces and instilled immense trust in them. From when security forces were asked to not cross LOC on any instance during kargil war to now where we retaliated fearlessly by crossing the LOC and razing down the terror groups to mere dust, India has come a long way. What I particularly loved about this book was that the author has not held back on the truth, has called spade a spade and has unapologetically described how the terror outfits and radical islamists are responsible for the violence against humanity. He also mentioned how the media joined in to humanize and whitewash the Islamic fanatic and tried to paint the suicide bomber’s life story as one of the simpleton who was framed and turned into a terrorist by the state. This should not cone off as a surprise considering how “unbaised” our media agencies are. A must read for everyone. Simple language coupled with thrilling bits makes it an excellent read. My namans to the 40 CPRF personnel who attained veergati. We shall never forget your sacrifice for Bharatha.
Review by - Nidhi Mohan, September 09, 2021

Must read and an excellent book

Religious fanaticism and mental disorder are the two sides of the same coin” says the author Manan Bhatt. How true is that ! On the ill-fated morning of 14th February 2019, 40 CPRF personnel attainted veergati when a convoy of vehicles transporting around 2500 CPRF personnel were attacked by the Pakistani harbored suicide bomber. How can one forget the grave silence and fury burning under the skin of every Indian. It had to be avenged. Balakot Air Strike – How India Avenged Pulwama authored by Navy Veteran Manan Bhatt is a strikingly written book with crisp details from one of the recent events in the Indian military history. The book opens with an heartwarming episode that captures the life of the CPRF head constable posted in Kashmir. The author has done an exceptional job at bringing out the emotional last journey of the Pulwama martyrs. Even the stealthiest of them all will be shaken after this chapter. The last call to the family, the last messages exchanged, the last few conversations that transpired between the martyrs and their loved ones will be forever etched in my memory. The details of the blast will leave you in tears and unfathomable fury. While the nation mourned for the martyrs, India’s defense forces burnt the midnight oil behind the desk, planning to avenge and show the Neighbors that today’s India is not going to sit and watch, transformed India is going to answer back with grit and force. Our neighbors did not have a slightest idea about what was coming their way. It is not hard to comprehend after reading a few pages that the author is a soldier himself. The command over the subject, meticulous details of the warfare, the aircrafts and the in-depth proficiency on missiles can only be found in a soldier. The author takes us through the nerve racking events from the planning of the balakot air strike in the war-rooms, to the attack on the terror camps on wee hours of the 26th February and striking hard with precision, deep behind the enemy lines by crossing the LOC for the first time ever. The author’s narration of every second left me feeling like I was right there amidst all the nail biting sequences. The technical details of the strike are mind-blowing, thoroughly over bowled by the writer’s style of presentation. The writer then takes the interest of the reader up by several notches with the intense narration of the midair skirmishes that took place between the PAF 16 and the MiG 21 Bison which took down the Pakistani fighter jet with ease. The author has not left out any gruesome details of days of torture inflicted by the Pakistani army officials on the wing commander Abhinandan who became a POW (Prisoner of War) when his fighter jet was shot down minutes after PAF-16 met its final fate. An overwhelming feeling of patriotism and pride fueled me while I read how Wing commander Abhinandan braved fearlessly through those 60 odd hours and returned back to his homeland safely. The author ends the book with a vital piece of history that probably most of us are not aware about. The missing Prisoners of War from the 1965 & 71 wars who were declared missing in action and till date there has not been any credible news about the 54 POW’s. The book on a different dimension reflects how the present government and PMO gave the complete freedom of the retaliation to the security forces and instilled immense trust in them. From when security forces were asked to not cross LOC on any instance during kargil war to now where we retaliated fearlessly by crossing the LOC and razing down the terror groups to mere dust, India has come a long way. What I particularly loved about this book was that the author has not held back on the truth, has called spade a spade and has unapologetically described how the terror outfits and radical islamists are responsible for the violence against humanity. He also mentioned how the media joined in to humanize and whitewash the Islamic fanatic and tried to paint the suicide bomber’s life story as one of the simpleton who was framed and turned into a terrorist by the state. This should not cone off as a surprise considering how “unbaised” our media agencies are. A must read for everyone. Simple language coupled with thrilling bits makes it an excellent read. My namans to the 40 CPRF personnel who attained veergati. We shall never forget your sacrifice for Bharatha.
Review by - Nidhi Mohan, September 09, 2021

Balakot Air strike

Best boo
Review by - Bitu Kumar Panday , September 24, 2021
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