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Marking the 25th anniversary of the Kargil War, General (Retd.) VP Malik, the former Chief of Army Staff who led the Indian forces during the conflict, addressed a motivational seminar organized by the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

General Malik shed light on the significant difficulties encountered during the war. He revealed that some countries attempted to exploit India’s situation by offering outdated ammunition and used equipment.

The sanctions imposed on India following the nuclear tests further exacerbated the situation, restricting access to crucial weaponry and supplies from external sources. General Malik also stressed the critical need for a robust indigenous military-industrial base in India.

Despite the severe equipment and information deficiencies, coupled with financial constraints, General Malik commended the valiant efforts of the soldiers who triumphed over these adversities. He pointed out the significant improvements along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, where the war took place.

The induction of new equipment has addressed many operational and logistical shortcomings identified during the Kargil conflict.

General Malik’s speech serves as a valuable reminder of the importance of a strong domestic defense industry. By fostering self-sufficiency, India can ensure it is better prepared to face future security threats and conflicts. The NCC cadets attending the seminar likely gained valuable insights into the importance of national defense and the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers.