COVID 19 Admissions Open
Date of Upload: 1st December, 2020

Military History Seminar : Welham Boys

The Dragon at the Door Session 1 was moderated by Major General Jagatbir Singh who retired in 2018. He is an alumnus of Doon school and St. Stephens college. He moderated a discussion between Lieutenant General KJ Singh who gave us insights over why China is a threat but our country is still dependent on it wholly. China remains consistently relevant and is a country that we cannot cut ties with. Being "Atma Nirbhar” or self-dependent is still a Utopian thought for India. He then moved the discussion over to PJS Pannu who enlightened us over the Line Of Control and the Line of Actual Control. He talked about the 1962 war referring to these lines explaining why they are rather lines of perception for each country. Then the discussion was moved to Major Balbir Singh Sandhu who talked about maintaining forces in reality in places like Leh where there are extreme conditions and no local resources to rely except the armed forces. Everything goes there through planes. It is easy to do this but tough for the army to maintain these basic needs. There is a limitation to what can be transferred by air. 

In the second session of the military history seminar the Airforce briefed us on the topic of the dragon at the gate which was on the border conflict between India and China. This session was moderated by Air Marshal Anil Chopra and this session had two other very experienced and informative conversationalists - AVM Manmohan Bahadur and Air Marshal Ramesh Rai. The participants were updated on some particulars about both the armed forces by Air Marshal Ramesh Rai winding up by saying  that India has a better set up if indulged in a fight with the Chinese and will enjoy air superiority. We were then introduced to AVM Manmohan Bahadur who retired as an Assistant Chief in Guwahati and throughout his career had commanded and instructed copious troops. Marshal acquainted us on information about several artillery and the whereabouts of the Indian army in defence for China. Air Marshal Anil Chopra concluded the session by giving voice on the disinterest of the people in China and the way the Chinese government treats the individuals there and the way it tries to over exaggerate its abilities and tries to demoralize other countries. Summing up he said about the Chinese having many combatants and India is all ready to defend the Chinese.

The Military Seminar not only strengthened our knowledge about the armed forces and their challenges, it has also familiarized us to the geographic controversies and the political history of the region. Anecdotes from the men in uniform linking ancient maritime history to the matrimonial alliance between the princess from Ayodhya to the Korean Prince. The Airforce and the Indo-Pak war of 1971.Chinese interference in the South Pacific. The British policy of divide and rule and the State of Kashmir. The history of India was blended with the military achievements and the challenges of the armed forces.

The Seminar provided a platform to acknowledge and commemorate the unsung heroes.

Grade 11H:

Aaliya Kidwai

Lavanya Srivastava

Aarzu Singh

Mahak Chowdhury

Manaas Singh Chauhan

Kushagra Sharma

Session 3 - J&K OPS 1947-48: New Perspectives

The third session for the Military History Seminar was based on the Jammu and Kashmir Operations of 1947-48. It was successful in giving the participants a first-hand narrative of the event they have always read in History books. Moderated by Major General Jagatbir Singh, this session had three immensely experienced panellists - Colonel Ajay K Raina, Brigadier Rajendra Singh and Mr. Pankaj P Singh. The session started with Major General Jagatbir Singh talking about the strategic importance held by Jammu and Kashmir for the country. The participants were then given an insight into the significance of the standstill agreement which was signed for J&K. Brigadier Rajendra Singh then talked about Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of Jammu and Kashmir and its lesser known History. The actual dates of various operations were disclosed. The panelists also talked about the Siege of Ladakh and Zojila. Brigadier Rajendra Singh disclosed an incident when the tanks of the seventh cavalry reached Zojila, leaving the enemy shocked. An enemy conversation was recorded saying tanks have reached, when their superiors remarked, “you must be drunk, how can tanks reach this part.” Mr. Pankaj P Singh talked about Brigadier Pritam Singh and his remarkable siege as well as the book Sher ka Bacha. Later, the floor was opened for questions which gave students a chance to interact directly with these honourable panelists. 

Session 4 - Post US Election: The Quad

The fourth session of the Military History Seminar was about the effect a change in the US government would have on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India. Moderated by Major General Jagatbir Singh, the session had Commodore Srikant Kesnur and Dr. Kajari Kamal as panelists. Dr. Kamal started by saying that the Quad was founded on the Free and open Indo-Pacific code. She talked about how recently, there has been vigilance towards China as some countries may view it as a threat to their security. Some countries may not be open to taking action against China as their economies are dependent on it, while some countries like Australia, which is in the midst of a recession, do not hesitate to go against China. President Biden has addressed Quad in a different way, he has changed the language from “free and open” to “secure and prosperous”, and only time can tell what the outcome of such a change may or may not be. She also talked about how India could integrate its interests with the growing interests of European nations in the Indo-Pacific area. Commodore Kesnur talked about how the Navy is contributing to diplomacy and what the Indian navy is doing as far as maritime diplomacy in the IOR is concerned. He also gave an insight into one of Quad’s recent manifestations - the exercise Malabar, explaining what actually happens in such exercises, what we hope to achieve in such endeavours and what the significance of this recent exercise Malabar is. Both the panelists then presented their views on how they see security in this region in the future in view of the Biden era and Chinese aggressiveness and expansionism.