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Meghdoot The Beginning of the Coldest War

Author Name: Amit K Paul | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

India's decision to pre-empt Pakistani occupation of Siachen was taken after deliberations at various levels. What would have these discussions looked like? Why was this course of action chosen? What is the basis for India’s and Pakistan’s claims on Siachen? Which agreement is applicable to this region and what is the correct factual matrix for interpreting it? This riveting story answers these questions while giving a conspectus of the initial phase of Operation Meghdoot.

Based on true events and inspired by facts, this is the story of the race to Siachen from the discovery of the cartographic aggression in 1978 to the battle on Bilafond La in June 1984.


Unique, immersive, script like narrative. Must read for all policy makers, civil and military personnel interested in Siachen.
General V.P. Malik, Chief of Army Staff (Retd.) India 

Meticulously researched, racy, compelling. An important addition to the writings on Siachen.
AVM Arjun Subramaniam (Retd) ,Military Historian

A brilliant, brief and crisp tour de force. The Siachen conflict unfolds like an action film.
Shekhar Gupta, Founder, The Print

Deeply engrossing. Exploring uncharted territory the dramatic storytelling brings alive the Siachen saga with a fresh perspective.
Pankaj Vohra, The Sunday Guardian

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Amit K Paul

Despite the Saltoro Ridge and its passes being more easily accessible from the Pakistani side, it was India which beat Pakistan in the race to Siachen. Meghdoot, The Beginning of the Coldest War is the story of why and how this happened.

Amit is a lawyer by training, a researcher by choice and a cinephile by passion. A voracious reader, keen researcher and avid traveller, he is a self-confessed history buff who wants you to see the story while reading it. Born in 1974, Amit is based in Gurugram, India and this is his first book.



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