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BALAKOT AIR STRIKE : How India Avenged Pulwama

“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



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.

Weight 0.270 kg
Dimensions 8.7 × 5.51 × 1.57 in

AUTHOR: Manan Bhatt
PUBLISHER: Garuda Prakashan
ISBN: 9781942426615
Pages: 298

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