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I am a police officer and at that time was with the State intelligence bureau. When the riots took place, I was the designated nodal officer for sharing intelligence with various Central agencies and the armed forces of the country. 

Sanjiv Bhatt (Former IPS)

We are privy to a lot of confidential information and sensitive data. We cannot volunteer information unless we are summoned by a court of law or a body with legal status. I cannot speak unless I am called. 

Sanjiv Bhatt (Former IPS)

Everyone in Gujarat, including the investigators, knew what I stood for post-2002 [riots]. I was able to give my testimony in April 2009 when I was called by the SIT in connection with the Zakia Jafri case as she had named me as a witness.

Sanjiv Bhatt (Former IPS)

You can start a war but you cannot finish it yourself. That is the principle of war … You cannot say that I want to withdraw, that depends on the opponent

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

Let me begin by clarifying that I was not in the direct chain of command during the decision-making process of the Sino-Indian conflict. So, my views are purely personal.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

If you have an Air Force, what is it meant for? In my view, if you have a force which knows its potential and you are certain about it, why wouldn’t you use it?

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

In my opinion, our biggest folly was over-assessing the threat from China. It proved that our intelligence-gathering abilities were nowhere on par, even in respect to a country which was in our immediate neighbourhood. We had no idea as to what was going on across the border in China. We were not informed.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

Well, in 1965, Pakistan tried to cut off Jammu & Kashmir through an armoured-cum-infantry attack on Akhnoor sector. General J N Chaudhuri said unless the IAF stepped in, it would be difficult to stop Pakistan in the Chamb-Jaurian sector. I said with IAF involvement, the conflict will escalate to a full-fledged war. Then defence minister Yashwantrao Chavan asked me if IAF was ready – i said yes.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

We were able to damage a lot in Pakistan. Our pilots, especially the Keelor brothers, Nebb, Jaggi Nath and others, instilled fear in the Pakistanis. I used to travel to all the forward bases to meet our forces and motivate them.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

Pakistan claims victory in 1965 for political reasons and perhaps to keep the morale of their defence services high – in my opinion, the war ended in a stalemate.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

The Indian Air Force wanted to fight. My squadron leaders and flight lieutenants, all of us were eager to fight. Unless they are keen I can't have confidence. This is an inter-connected matter. You have got to know what a person can do before you order him to do what you want him to do.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

The army took a few days. Always, the movement of the army is more difficult; the air force is much easier.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

In the war you worry for the first couple of days but when you start you get so busy you don't get time to worry. In this war we saw that our fighters are able to operate anywhere in Pakistan.

Arjan Singh (Marshal of the Indian Air Force)

When it was known in police circles that I had decided to accept Kanwar Pal Singh Gill as my number two in the Punjab police, an IPS batch-mate from Madhya Pradesh phoned to warn me against taking such a step. He was sure that KPS would work to dislodge me from my perch. That did not matter to me, because I had not sought the appointment in the first place, and was not enamoured of it. But KPS did finally succeed in leading the police force of Punjab, the state from which his family hailed.

Julio Ribeiro (Police officer & Civil Servant)

He (KPS Gill) was the best operations man I ever had, or had come across in my entire career in the police.

Julio Ribeiro (Police officer & Civil Servant)

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