Interactive Session with Col. MB Ravindranath on the ‘Battle of Tololing’ to mark Kargil Vijay Divas
(26th July 2012, 2:30 pm, Room No. 911, Central Block)
To commemorate the 13th anniversary of India’s victory in the Kargil War, the Department of Political Science had organized an Interactive Session with Col. MB Ravindranath, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Rajputana Rifles at the time of the Battle of Tololing in 1999. Also present were the present Commanding Officer of the unit, Col. Narender Singh, and some of the men who had fought the war alongside Col. Ravindranath. The 2nd Battalion Rajputana Rifles enjoys the distinction of having received several decorations for bravery and national service, including 1 Param Vir Chakra, 1 Ashok Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakras, 8 Kirti Chakras, 41 Vir Chakras, 25 Shaurya Chakras, 112 Sena Medals, 36 Vishisht Seva Medals, 2 Yudh Seva Medals, 85 Mention-in-Dispatches and 55 Arjun Awards. Col. Ravindranath himself has been a recipient of the Vir Chakra.
Col. Ravindranath then took the audience through each motion of strategy execution while they listened with rapt attention. He concluded by praising his soldiers whose indomitable spirit helped the under supplied battalion to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. During the vibrant audience interaction, he made an insightful remark when questioned about why India didn’t neutralize all enemy soldiers at Kargil: Quoting Sun Tzu he said, “An enemy must always be provided an escape route which serves as a distraction from his primary objective of combat. If the enemy knows that he can escape, only half his heart will be in the battle whereas the other half will be in the escape. If that escape route is denied to him, his entire focus will be drawn to the battle.” Hence, a battle is won not only physically, but also psychologically.
Photographs of the session can be viewed at
By Dept. of Political Science