Over a century ago, former Harvard University President Charles William Eliot rightly pointed out that -
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
This quote is applicable to everyone, including the NDA & CDS exam aspirants. Apart from the preparation material, it is essential for the aspirants to read books on Indian armed forces to remain motivated and have an in depth understanding of the services in which they are going to play a key role in the future.
For the benefit of NDA & CDS aspirants, we are providing a list of five recommended books for general reading on Indian Armed Forces.
1. Black Tornado: The Military Operations of 26/11: Sandeep Unnithan
In this book Sandeep Unnithan has put together a blow-by-blow account of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist strike and how the attack was thwarted by the India's security forces. Black Tornado is the name of the operation by the NSG. The book essentially deals with the brave acts of the NSG Commandos during the operation.
2. The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories by Rachna Bisht Rawat
This book contains heart touching stories of twenty-one of India's bravest soldiers. In the book, Rachna Bisht Rawat has put together riveting stories on twenty-one Param Vir Chakra Awardees after talking to parents, siblings, children and comrades-in-arms.
3. The Garud Strikes by Mukul Deva
Mukul Deva’s story is about the 4th Brigade of the Guards (1 Rajput), who played a critical role in the Indo-Pak War of 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh. The book ‘Garud Strikes’ is a breathtaking story of the military campaign. It was compiled from the experiences of the officers, JCOs and the men of the 4th Brigade of the Guards.
4. Operation Blue Star: The True Story by KS Brar
As we know, the Operation Blue Star is a turning point in the contemporary modern Indian History. It is also one of the hotly-debated military operations across the world among security experts. The book ‘Operation Blue Star: The True Story’ is an honest narrative by KS Brar who led the operation.
5. Kargil: From Surprise to Victory by VP Malik
The book offers a first person account of the 1999 Kargil war by VP Malik, who served as the Chief of Army Staff during the conflict with Pakistan. In the book, Malik explained the rationale, planning and conduct of the war and attempted to answer many related crucial questions.
We hope, aspirants read the above suggested books and get inspiration from them.