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The ISIS Sleeper Cells of Kerala

Interrogation of two female suicide bombers named Shifa Haris and Mizha Siddique of the Islamic State’s Kerala module has revealed that around 3200 ISIS sleeper cells are operating in Kerala, India. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from Delhi arrested both of the women from a residence at Thana in Kerala’s Kannur in August of this year.

Each of these cells has around 10 members, which translates to the presence of 32000 Islamic jihadis in the state, with at least 40% of these being women. Many of these women have been converted to Islam from other faiths through narcotics jihad or grooming jihad. The charge sheet presented by the NIA states that Mizha Siddique had travelled to Tehran with her accomplices and intended to cross over to Syria illegally, but failed. Mizha was working under the direction of the Kerala ISIS kingpin, Mohammad Ameen, and recruiting Muslim youth for ISIS. Mohammad Ameen is now behind bars. Mizha had recruited her cousins Shifa Harris and Mushab Anwar for jihad and inspired them to join ISIS. Shifa had sent funds to their Kashmir module; they were planning Hijra, Islamic religious migration, to Kashmir. About seven young jihadis were set to migrate to Kashmir from Kerala.

This large-scaled permeation of sleeper cells suggests that the ideologues of the Islamic State are now embedded across Kerala, and its growth is difficult to monitor or check. Most of the members of the ISIS sleeper cells are part of its cyber brigade, are incorrigibly indoctrinated, and could pick up arms at any moment to fight for a caliphate led by the Islamic State.

These jihadis are mostly modern, highly qualified, and adept at using the latest technologies and gadgets. Apart from grooming, many were lured into this cause with promises of sex, money, positions, drugs, or foreign jobs. The Kerala brigade also involves people from the film and media industries, who are working closely with each other.

These members promote the jihad ideology, albeit covertly. They commonly use social media to transmit information and spread propaganda; they often hold meetings and assist their “military brigade” (a kill squad) stealthily. They are the main mediators between the Islamic State and foreign intelligence groups such as Pakistan’s ISI.

The Talibanization of this southern state of India and the growing tendency among well-educated people in recent years to turn to jihad is not a fluke. It is the well-planned strategy of Pakistan-based jihad outfits that plan to use India’s home-grown jihadis, such as the ones in Kerala, to launch jihad terror attacks all over the country.

The Kerala-based jihadis, along with their Pakistan-based handlers, are operating in Kabul, and their next target could very well be Kashmir. In light of the repeated recent targeted killings of non-Muslims in Kashmir, the possibilities of a renewed jihad terrorist insurgency in the valley cannot be dismissed. The Kerala-based ISIS sleeper cells may move to Kashmir to advance the cause of the jihadis in case of such a planned insurgency.

In March 2020, a group led by Mohammed Ameen was arrested by the NIA for their links with the Islamic State. Ameen was from Kerala; he reached Kashmir to meet another accused jihad terrorist, Mohammad Waqar Lone, and his associates, soon after returning to India from Bahrain.

They were caught distributing pro-ISIS propaganda through social media channels, recruiting members for their ISIS module, and raising funds. Ameen was holed up in the national capital area, awaiting directions from his jihadi masters, when he the NIA apprehended him and his accomplices.

This was a highly dedicated outfit that, under Ameen’s leadership, owed its loyalty to ISIS and had planned targeted assassinations in Karnataka and Kerala, as well as religious migration to Kashmir.

The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan was impossible without the support of the Pakistani military. In between May and June of this year, Pakistan started to position the Taliban with a renewed image on the international stage. Pakistani federal minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi publically claimed that “the Taliban might wear baggy dresses but they have intelligent brains,” and Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed asserted that the current Taliban leadership is a moderate one compared to the Taliban of 1996 that had publicly displayed the dead bodies of the then-Afghan president Najibullah and his brother. Again, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan denied the US airspace for attacking the Taliban.

The Taliban commanders, on the other hand, were functional in Peshawar and Quetta in Pakistan, much like how Osama bin Laden was operating out of their backyard. They were transferring both their troops and those of Pakistan towards Kabul and other major Afghan cities. The Pakistani agency ISI was overseeing these jihad terror cells, and has provided a fertile breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. When the most opportune time arrives, they may reach out to the jihadis-in-the-making in Kerala’s sleeper cells and order them to carry out massive acts of terror.

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Posted by on November 25, 2021 in Uncategorized


Indian Independence & Congress ➖ The Myth, The Lie

India’s Independence StoryThe Unknown Soldiers’ RoleHistory Revisited

Everyone has heard the story of India’s freedom.

Anyone, anywhere in the world could tell you that the British left India because of the non-violent, Quit India movement led by Mahatma Gandhi.

That’s what we are taught in schools. I too believed in this, until I got interested in reading about one of our greatest actors, Utpal Dutt, who acted in over 200 memorable films like Golmaal. There was much more to Utpal Dutt than his silver screen avatar.

On December 27, 1965, Utpal Dutt was arrested by the Congress government of West Bengal under the Preventive Detention Act and detained for over seven months, as the Congress government feared that his play Kallol, which ran to packed houses at Calcutta’s Minerva Theatre, might provoke anti-government protests in West Bengal.

Kallol was based on the Royal Indian Navy mutiny of 1946, which was the real reason why the British left India. And the Congress government didn’t want the common people to know this deliberately omitted fact because it would have busted the Congress’s story that we won freedom only because of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent movement.

Justice PB Chakraborthy, the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court and the acting Governor of West Bengal, wrote: “When I was acting Governor, Lord Attlee, who had given us independence by withdrawing British rule from India, spent two days in the Governor’s palace at Calcutta during his tour of India. At that time I had a prolonged discussion with him regarding the real factors that had led the British to quit India. My direct question to Attlee was that since Gandhi’s Quit India movement had tapered off quite some time ago and in 1947 no such new compelling situation had arisen that would necessitate a hasty British departure, why did they leave?”

“In his reply Attlee cited, ‘the erosion of loyalty to the British crown among the Indian army and Navy personnel as a result of the military activities of Netaji’, as the main reason.

That’s not all. Chakraborthy added: “Toward the end of our discussion I asked Attlee what was the extent of Gandhi’s influence upon the British decision to quit India. Hearing this question, Attlee’s lips became twisted in a sarcastic smile as he slowly chewed out the word, m-i-n-i-m-a-l!”

To understand the significance of Attlee’s assertion, we have to go back in time to 1945. The Second World War had ended. The Allied forces, led by Britain and the United States, had won. The Axis powers, led by Hitler’s Germany, had been vanquished.

The British economy was in big recession to the extent that it didn’t have money to provide for basic facilities to the Royal Army in India.

At the same time, in August 1945, Subhash Chandra Bose had reportedly died, while he collaborated with the Japanese and Hitler to fight the British. After the Second World War was over, three of the top officers of the Indian National Army – General Shah Nawaz Khan (Muslim), Colonel Prem Sehgal (Hindu) and Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon (Sikh) were put on public trial at the Red Fort in Delhi.

Due to the sympathy toward Netaji and the INA, there was an instant and large outpouring of passion and patriotism amongst Indians. These stories were being shared via wireless sets and through media on ships, where the sailors who were being given bad treatment and lack of proper service facilities, got inspired to go out and join together in a strike and rebel against the government.

Official British military intelligence reports in 1946 indicated that the Indian soldiers were inflamed and could not be relied upon to obey their British officers. There were only 40,000 British troops in India at the time. Most were eager to go home and in no mood to fight the 2.5 million battle-hardened Indian soldiers who were being demobilised.

In January 1946, due to slow demobilisation and poor conditions of service following the end of World War II, cadres in the Royal Air Force went on a series of demonstrations and strikes at several dozen Royal Air Force stations.

As these incidents involved refusals to obey orders they technically constituted a form of ‘mutiny’. The ‘mutiny’ began at Karachi (RAF Drigh Road) and later spread to involve nearly 50,000 men over 60 RAF stations in India and Ceylon, including the then-largest RAF base at Kanpur.

The protests lasted about eleven days. The issues causing the RAF unrest were ultimately resolved, but it set a precedent and in less than a fortnight, on February 18, 1946, a mutiny broke out in the Royal Indian Navy in which 78 of a total of 88 ships mutinied.

Said Sir Stafford Cripps, intervening in the debate on the motion to grant Indian Independence in the British House of Commons, “… the Indian Army in India is not obeying the British officers… in these conditions if we have to rule India for a long time, we have to keep a permanent British army for a long time in a vast country of 400 million (and) we have no such army….”

The Royal Navy Mutiny started on February 18, 1946 and by next evening a Naval Central Strike Committee was formed where Leading Signalman M S Khan and Petty Officer Telegraphist Madan Singh were unanimously elected President and Vice President, respectively, and soon it spread from Bombay to Karachi, Calcutta, Cochin and Vizag. 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors were in the strike.

Seeing this Naval strike, Bombayites did a one-day general strike. Even the Royal Indian Air Force and local police forces joined in the other cities. The NCOs in the British Indian army openly ignored and defied the orders of the British superiors. In Madras and Pune, the Indian Army revolted in the British Garrisons.

Riots broke out all over the country. The British made to get off their cars and shout ‘Jai Hind’ by the mutineers and the Indian Tricolor was hoisted on most of the ships.

Day 3 into this, the Royal Air Force flew an entire squadron of Bombers over Bombay Harbor to show support. Meanwhile, the sailors had taken over HMIS Bahadur, Chamak and Himalaya and from the Royal Naval Anti-Aircraft School.

It was by that time that the decision to confront the Navy ratings was taken by the British and the sailors aboard the destroyer ‘Hindustan’ were challenged. Many sailors lost their lives and could not fight back much and in the process, the ship ‘Hindustan’ was destroyed.

Despite the extensive support from the public and all wings of the Armed forces (Army, Navy, Air force, and even the police), national leaders did not support the Navy mutineers or their supporters but instead condemned them.

These brave freedom fighters in the Navy were leaderless, surely, but they had achieved what no other generation and group of Indians had achieved in 250 years – turn the Indian Armed forces personnel against their ‘masters’.

Netaji Bose had imagined this kind of a situation.

Ultimately, however, Mahatma Gandhi and the Congress party opted for a ‘Quit India Movement’ against the British in 1942 and he spread the slogan ‘Do or Die’, which in fact Netaji had proposed in 1938.

The reasons behind Indian independence are nicely summarized by the esteemed Indian historian Ramesh Chandra Majumdar: “There is, however, no basis for the claim that the Civil Disobedience Movement directly led to independence… the battles for India’s freedom were also being fought against Britain, though indirectly, by Hitler in Europe and Japan in Asia. None of these scored direct success, but few would deny that it was the cumulative effect that brought freedom to India. In particular, the revelations made by the INA trial, and the reaction it produced in India, made it quite plain to the British, already exhausted by the war, that they could no longer depend upon the loyalty of the sepoys for maintaining their authority in India. This had probably the greatest influence upon their final decision to quit India. Without loyal sepoys it was quite impossible for the British to rule in India because it could not have brought enough Englishmen to India to quell any nationalist movement.”

In 1967, during a seminar marking the 20th anniversary of Independence, the British High Commissioner of the time John Freeman said, “…the mutiny of 1946 had raised the fear of another large-scale mutiny along the lines of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, from the 2.5 million Indian soldiers who had participated in the Second World War. The mutiny had accordingly been a large contributing factor to the British deciding to leave India. The British were petrified of a repeat of the 1857 Mutiny, since this time they feared they would be slaughtered to the last man.”

Mainstream politicians – from Jinnah to Gandhi to Nehru to Maulana Azad – all seemed to have let these freedom fighters down. They apparently abandoned them and except for preaching they did nothing to help them.

In its last statement, released on the night of February 22, the Naval Central Strike Committee concluded, ‘Our strike has been a historic event in the life of our nation. For the first time the blood of men in the Services and in the streets flowed together in a common cause. We in the Services will never forget this. We know also that you, our brothers and sisters, will not forget. Long live our great people. Jai Hind.’

On March 15, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee accepted that, “The tide of nationalism is running very fast in India and indeed all over Asia… national ideas have spread… among some of the soldiers.”

A year later, they fled before the Empire collapsed on their heads.

Almost 54 years later on December 4, 2001, the Naval Uprising memorial was inaugurated to restore the forgotten history of India’s freedom struggle against the British invaders.

In 2005, Utpal Dutt’s play Kallol, for which he was imprisoned, was revived as a part of the state-funded ‘Utpal Dutt Natyotsav’, on an off-shore stage, by the Hooghly River in Kolkata.

Without the Naval Uprising of 1946, the story of India’s freedom will never be complete.

Share to stop the myth that CongressParty secured India’s independence. British and Congress were collaborators. They collaborated with the leftists after independence to custom-write India’s history to suit their narrative.

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Posted by on November 16, 2021 in Uncategorized


Senior Citizens — Words of Wisdom for You 👌

Between 60 and death.
It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.

Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet.

Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time.

Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you feel older and harder to be around.

Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live by yourself

Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a kitchen garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf.

Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a park. Get out there.

Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are.

Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the life.

If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

Laugh. Laugh away your worries Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life

Shared by a super senior citizen aged about 83 years. You may choose to share his wisdom with your friends too.

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Posted by on November 7, 2021 in Uncategorized


Operation Cactus ➖ Maldives


“India now has the capability of protecting its strategic interests.  The massive operation which came as the year was closing, demonstrated that the three services, the Army, the Air Force and the Navy, had acted in perfect coordination.  The Maldives Operation has been a show piece in military strategy.”

Janes Magazine
Dec 1988

Yet again the Island nation of Maldives is in turmoil, as some say besieged by a coup carried out by President Yameen Gayoom as he has declared a 15 day emergency usurping all powers be that of the judiciary or the legislature. It is not only the democracy which is threatened but the 400,000 Maldivian people. The geo strategic importance of Maldives cannot be overemphasised as it lies at the mouth of the one and a half degree channel, as also the interests of India as a stable Maldives is a security imperative. The present situation is Maldives is of direct concern to India, and Indian intervention is an option which may have to be exercised. Politico- diplomatic intervention is the ideal option wherein India leverages its linkages to resolve the crisis addressing the aspirations and the interests of the people of Maldives. Soft power however is effective only if backed by requisite hard power. For the nation and the military it is time to revisit and remember the planning conduct and execution of Operation Cactus ( Maldives) to ensure that in case ever required we achieve the mission at least costs. Without being modest, I as the Brigade Major of 50 Independent Brigade was central to the planning and execution of the operation under the directions  of a great military leader and soldier Brigadier FFC Balsara, ably supported by the then CO 6 PARA Brigadier SC Joshi, and RJS Dillon who  rescued  President Gayoom on that fateful night of 03 Nov 1988.The credit in equal part is also due to the Indian Air Force and in particular Group Captain Bewoor for landing the Spearhead on an unknown airfield among many uncertainties.

    In the early hours of 03 Nov 1988,  55,000 residents of Male (the capital of Maldives) awoke to the reality of an armed coup, hearing gunshots all round for the first time in their lives.  Till then the Maldivians had hardly ever witnessed crime leave aside violence (unlike now).  The last murder in this island nation was reported in 1976 and that too of a German murdering his girlfriend  and the one before that was way back in 1793. Abdullah Luthufi  a rich businessman  with the help of mercenaries from the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) had taken over the island nation, capturing  the Radio and TV stations  and the presidential palace.    Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the President  since 1978, who had been returned to power with a 98.5% majority for the third time was scheduled to visit India on 02/03 Nov 1988, prior to his oath taking ceremony on 11 Nov.  On learning of the coup, the President went into hiding, taking shelter in a safe house in the  capital island of Male.

    The 1500 strong  National Security Service (NSS) whose Headquarter is located adjacent to the Presidential Palace was besieged by the mercenaries, who fortunately failed to enter and take over the armoury.  Complicity  of a few NSS Cadres was never ruled out.  President Gayoom  from  a safe house requested assistance first from the US followed by the Soviets and thereafter Pakistan to rescue him.  The US base at Diego Garcia was the nearest located 1175 kms away, but it was election year with the Presidential elections scheduled for the 8th of November.  Not having received a positive response from the three nations, President Gayoom requested India for assistance.  It would be remembered  that India was at that time assisting Sri Lanka with the IPKF deployed in the Northern and Eastern parts fighting the LTTE.

    2500 Kms away from Male when this violent drama for power of a small though important island nation was unfolding, another seemingly normal day dawned  for the Paratroopers at Agra. However, this was soon to change to an exciting, challenging and historical day. At around 1000h, Brig VP Malik (later COAS) the Deputy Director  General of Military Operations (MO) called the Brigade Major  of 50(1) Parachute  Brigade, Maj ( later Lt Gen) Vinod Bhatia, giving  the first indication of an impending  operation.  The instructions were crisp and military with  the urgency  in the voice conveying the gravity of an emerging though uncertain situation.  The Para Brigade was to move to an Island for operations. One company group to be standby to move at 6 hours notice and a battalion group  at 12 hours notice.  The Commander Para Brigade with one staff officer to move to MO directorate at Delhi by the evening (time not specified). The first reaction was that it was one more of the numerous moves of the Para Brigades Reconnaissance and Order group to Sri lanka for another of those contingency plans for OP PAWAN

    The next communication from Delhi was at 1040 hours.  The Commander Brigadier FFC Bulsara was visiting the Army Airborne Training Area at Kheria and had been requested to fall back to the headquarter.  The VCOAS Lt Gen (later COAS) Rodrigues spoke to the Brigade Major in the absence of the commander who was falling back to the brigade headquarters . He  gave the following orders:-          

Brigade to move to Maldives.

One Battalion group to emplane by 1230 hours (ie less than 2 hours) 

Brigade less Battalion group to move to Maldives on night 03/04 Nov.

Prepare for an Airborne assault on an Island, Paradrop planned on a beach.

Enemy is equipped with small arms, Rocket Launchers, mortars and  General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs). There is no Air Defence,     though the enemy may possess some surface to air missiles.

 Air effort allotted is 3 IL-76 and 10 AN 32 aircraft.

First and Second line ammunition to be carried.

    Agra being a peace station  normal training and administrative activities  were being conducted, with not a single battalion at Agra.  7 PARA was out on collective training, 3 PARA had two coys deployed at Lucknow and 6 PARA had two companies  providing  security at COD Agra.  However, 6 PARA and 3 PARA  were both mobilised and 7 PARA instructed to move back to Agra.  In the meantime, 10 Guards (Mechanised) was also mobilised from Gwalior by MO  to move to Agra and marry up with the Para Brigade earliest.  Those were not the days of the internet and mobile communications, and hence very little or no information on Maldives except that Male was the capital and the island at  Hulule was the airfield.  It was only after Gen VP Malik (then Brig) landed at Agra at around 1515h, with the Indian High Commissioner to Maldives, Mr Ashok Banerjee, that the clarity and enormity of the task dawned on the Paratroopers.
Gen Malik gave out the task and detailed the plan as formulated at MO directorate. The task was categorical “ To rescue the President of Maldives and escort him safely to India”. The plan in essence included an airborne assault at a beach at Male and Halule airfield and thereafter airland the balance of the combat echelons. In the event of the airfield at Halule island  still under control of troops loyal to the President, the two ILs would airland troops at Halule, however the airborne assault at Male would go ahead as there was no wherewithal to move the assault echelons to Male island which is about one kilometer away .  Code word for Hulule air field if in hands of loyal troops was:-

On aircraft making vis contact with the ATC, the runway lights to be switched on and off.  On aircraft  approach for landing, the lights to be switched on and switched off immediately  after successful touchdown.

Radio sig – HUDIYA.

 With scant inputs of not only the prevailing situation but also the topography there seemed utter uncertainty and confusion.  The only maps available were photocopies of tourist sketches of Male and Hulule islands. It is to the credit of Brig FFC Bulsara, the Commander of Para Brigade, a great military leader and  soldier, decisive as ever, comprehending  the confusion, took complete control of the situation issuing clear and concise instructions not only  to the units of Para Brigade but also to the Air Force and the Military Operations Directorate.     He had trained the brigade very effectively so as to achieve all military tasks specially airborne under the most challenging of circumstances .  Constantly picking on Mr Ashok Banerjee’s detailed knowledge of Male, Brig Bulsara decided to launch the operation with Brig (then Col) SC Joshi, CO, 6 PARA spearheading the operation. The Plan A was to launch an airborne assault with sixty paratroopers from one IL 76  at Halule airfield, capture and secure the airfield and then airland the remaining troops from that IL and the follow up IL76. The troops to move to Male by capturing and commandeering local boats and rescue the President.   The limit of sixty paratroopers was dictated by the availability of packed parachutes with the Air Force on that particular day and time.  He, however, instructed that the final decision to land or drop and then land will be taken once overhead Halule or when nearing Maldives..  Air Marshal (then Gp Capt) AK Goel and Commanding Officer 44 Sqn, Gp Capt Bewoor were flying the first aircraft.

The assault echelons of 6 PARA, 3 PARA , 17 PARA FIELD REGIMENT, with sappers, signallers and the medical along with the Commander, brigade major and a GSO3  enplaned in the two IL 76  and took off from Agra at around 1730 hours. The four and half hour flying time from Agra to Male was well spent in carrying out detailed briefings of all contingencies, including showing the photograph of the president to all ranks. 
    On approaching Halule one could only see the vast ocean. Group Captain Bewoor confirmed the codeword HADIYA on radio with the ATC as also the light signal. It was decision time for the commander, the code could have been given under duress or by deceit, as also during landing any of the rebels could as easily position any vehicle on the runway, thus jeopardizing not only the mission but  also the lives of 180 troops on board. The other alternative seemed equally dangerous as Male is all but two square kilometers and the assaulting paratroopers would have mostly landed in the sea, with no chance of survival. The drop zone wherein the airborne assault was planned was no more than 200 m by 50 m. 
    The decision taken to land was taken by the commander and would be discussed in military circles for many years, most self proclaimed experts criticising the decision. Given the task and the situation it was a bold and pragmatic decision , the less risky of the two alternatives and with a better probability of success. The Motto ‘ Who dares wins” ingrained among the paratroops.

    Fortunately the landing was unopposed and the first IL -76 with 6 PARA and the brigade tactical headquarter landed at 2148 hours and secured the airfield in quicktime.  The second IL 76 landing after a gap of ten minutes brought in the company of 3 PARA under Lt General (then major) NKS Ghei and elements of Artillery under Col KKK Singh, sappers and medical. Halule was totally abandoned and intermittent firing could be heard at Male. 6 PARA with a company under Major RJS Dhillon after commandeering the boats had moved for the main assault to secure a beachhead South West of Male with the 3 Para company heading straight for the Male jetty as a diversionary.  It was around this time that the Troops observed a ship sailing between the two islands and the ATC informed that the rebels had taken control of a merchant vessel and were fleeing with hostages including a minister and his wife. The ship was effectively engaged with all available firepower including RCL guns and machine guns.  

    In the meantime the commander managed to speak to the president from the ATC who informed him that the situation was desperate as he was surrounded from all sides by the rebels and could not hold out any longer. It is to the credit of the plan and the flawless execution that by around 0220 hours , Col SC Joshi and Maj RJS Dhillon secured the president from his safe house. In the meantime troops had lifted the siege on the NSS headquarters, TV and radio stations and the presidential palace and commenced securing and sanitising the areas. President Gayoom now safe and secure wanted to stay on at Male, whereas the orders were to evacuate him to India. This was also the time that the follow up waves started landing at Halule and by early morning more than 1600 troops had build up with all support echelons.

BY around 0430 hours the NSS headquarters had been fully secured and the president moved, to enable him to speak on a secure link to the Prime Minister of India. The primary task achieved with surgical precision, the brigade was tasked to now help restore the situation and neutralise all rebels. Early morning the IAF fighter air crafts made a couple of passes over Male reassuring all that normalcy had been restored by the Indian armed forces. At 0800 hours an Indian navy IL 38 reconnaissance aircraft landed at Halule and after an update on the ship (MV Progress Light) having escaped with the rebels and hostages on board confirmed that while enroute they had sighted a ship listing portside South West of Male. The navy thereafter kept a surveillance over MV Progress light and with INS Godavari and Betwa having moved in on 06 Nov, rescued the hostages and  taking the rebels into custody destroyed the ship. 

The coup leaders and rebels were brought to Male and handed over to the Maldivian authorities. The authorities requested the Indian army to take care of the rebels till the legal proceedings could be completed, and accordingly they were taken to a prison Island Gamadoo under the escort of Indian troops. The Para brigade less 6 PARA with two companies de-inducted by 17 Nov. The Indian army thereafter on the request of the Maldivian government took on the task of capacity building and help NSS reform to meet their future security challenges.

The precision timed “Operation Cactus” in which Indian armed forces acted within hours to thwart a coup attempt to dislodge a lawfully elected government on the Indian Ocean Island of Maldives made military watchers sit up worldwide. 

On 03 Apr 1989, TIME magazine ran  a cover story “Super Power Rising” stating “India asserts its place on the world stage”, consequent to the Indian Armed Forces unprecedented success in executing an intervention operations albeit at the request of a friendly government.  Op Maldives launched to rescue President  M A Gayoom, demonstrated Indian power and capability to be a ‘Net Security Provider’ in the region.  The operations launched from a  cold start and executed  with surgical precision was successfully accomplished within 16 hours of the first indication of an impending operation,  3000 km from base.   The cover story  of time magazine by ROSS H Munro flags India’s growing military power , quote “At an air force base  five miles  from the Taj Mahal at Agra, hundreds  of India’s finest combat troops (50(1) Parachute Brigade) filed into the cavernous holds of Soviet built IL-76 transporters, whose jet engines were whining  impatiently.  Soon the transporters were headed into the night, winging southwards across the subcontinent and then out over the Indian Ocean.  When  they landed four hours later at one of the 1200 coral islands, that make up  the republic of Maldives, the paratroopers charged out of the planes, rifles at the ready.”

Operation Maldives  launched conjointly by the Army, Navy and the Air Force was successfully accomplished without a single casualty. The operation exemplifies the excellent jointness achieved. The  success of this operation at home mostly went unnoticed as did a few important lessons learnt. Had it failed, maybe India too, would have created structures and organisations to exploit the full potential of a Special Operations Command to safeguard  national interest and assets, much like the the United States which  established the  US Special Operations Command (USSOC) comprising the SOF of the three services and Marines, in the aftermath of the failure of Operation EAGLE CLAW to rescue American diplomats held hostage at the US Embassy at Tehran in April 1980. 

OP CACTUS, Maldives, is undoubtedly one of the most professionally  executed military operation in the world, right on top with the likes of operation Thunderbolt – Israeli raid on Entebbe,  Otto Skorzeny’s rescue of Mussolini, the long range desert patrols of David Sterling (Phantom major) and Op Geronimo, the Abbottabad raid by US seals to neutralize Osama Bin Laden  among a few others.

National security is all about protecting and projecting national interests and a risen responsible India has the requisite capabilities and politico- military will to safeguard the interests.

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Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (retd) 
Director CENJOWS
The views expressed are personal

👆👆 the “official” account by the then BM of 50 (I) Para Bde.

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Posted by on November 4, 2021 in Uncategorized


Congress – the Yamaraj of Hindus!!

I am Congress

I am Yamraj of Hindus.

Even after killing 21 lakh Hindus, I gave Rs 65 crore to Pakistan.

Even after dividing on the basis of religion, i insisted on keeping 3.5 crore Muslims in the country in 1947.

I Created a Hindu free Kashmir

I inserted the word “secular” in the constitution later on in 1975

I ensured that Hindus became a minority in 8 states.

I prepared a Hindu code bill which was vehemently opposed by Sardar Patel. Later i got it passed to put restrictions on Hindus only

I created Muslim Personal Law Board & gave them freedom to practice the religion as advised by their holy book, even if it was opposed to the Indian Civil codes

I put the word Muslim in AMU but opposed the use of the word Hindu in BHU.

I complicated the Kashmir problem by Introducing Section 35(A),370 in JK.

I not only Gifted back the POK so gallantly won by our Army but also returned back 93,000 soldiers of Pakistan captured, Without bothering about our 54 Bravehearts in Pakistan jails. Even today their fate or whereabouts are not known

I handed over Kailash Mansarovar with 90,000 sq km of land to China & brazenly gave statement in Lok Sabha that the land given was barren & of no use. (Anyway. In same area on surrounding land India is envisaging putting up worlds largest solar plant today)

I Settled Rohingyas in JK to Increase my vote bank
by infiltrating Bangladeshi Muslims into the country

I Opposed NRC which even the smallest country in world has today, so that my illegal immigrants vote bank remains untouched

I got 3000+ Sikhs Massacred

I got Doordarshan’s “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” logo removed.

I got Removed the verse “Asto Ma Sat Gamay” from the people of Kendriya Navodaya Vidyalaya.

I am Opposed to singing “Vande Mataram” as the national anthem.

I tried to malign the RSS by saying thay Hindus were behind 26/11. Full planning was done with sources to tie on Kasab & other terrorists wrists Hindu insignia. If they were not captured alive my plan would have succeeded also

My own lawyers are fighting the cases of terrorists & tukde gang, and Naxalites.

I strangled the Democracy by imposing emergency in the country in 1975

I am against raising of Slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Vande Mataram” in any rally.

I got Hundreds of sadhus
killed in 1966 by shooting at sadhus who were agitating for protection of Holy cows.

I Subsidized Haj and imposed tax on Amarnath Yatra

I Opposed Sardar Patel to build Somnath temple.
I opposed The President Dr. Rajendra Prasad who went to inaugurate the Somnath temple, & ensured that he never got any government perks after completing his term

I always Call RSS a terrorist organization but I like “Muslim Brotherhood”.

I Gave an affidavit to Court saying that Shri Ram is imaginary and tried to break Ram Setu bridge

I gave the veto power given to India in the UN to China.

I ensured that a much decorated & respected War Hero like Maneckshaw did not get his salary for over 30 years since he dared to hurt the ego of Mrs.Indira Firoze Gandhi, but APJ Kalam sir came to know while visiting him in Hospital & he was given a cheque of 1.30 Crores

Oh, before i forget, i am focused to bleed the country dry by huge corruption at all levels of my organisation

I am now waiting for the stupid and Idiotic Hindu Seculars to give me another term in power when i will ensure that the Hindus are destroyed completely‼️

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Posted by on November 3, 2021 in Uncategorized


Why is the word “Muslim” generally offensive!

No offence meant; just read on in good spirit;

The “M” Word….by comedian Jeff Foxworthy

Have you ever wondered why it’s OK to make jokes about  Catholics,  Jews, Christians, the Pope, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Hungarians, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians), Indian’s, Hindu’s/Sikhs/Buddhists the elderly, bad golfers, men/women, blacks/whites/browns, etc, but its insensitive to make jokes about the Muslims?

Well, it’s time to level the playing field and be politically incorrect, by including our friends, the Muslims, on this grandiose list.

  So Jeff Foxworthy did his part to include the Muslims on his list … 

  1. If you grow and refine heroin for a living, but morally object to the use of liquor, You may be a Muslim.  

  2. If you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but can’t afford shoes, You may be a Muslim.  

  3. If you have more wives than teeth, You may be a Muslim.  

  4. If you wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon to be unclean, You may be a Muslim.  

  1. If you think vests come in two styles, Bullet-proof and suicide, You may be a Muslim.
  2. If you can’t think of anyone that you haven’t declared jihad against, you may be a Muslim.
  3. If you consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing, You may be a Muslim.
  4. If you were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses, other than setting off roadside bombs, You may be a Muslim.
  5. If you have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four, then you, too, may be a Muslim.
  6. If you find this offensive and do not forward it, you are part of the problem here in America …but if you delete this, you are most likely a Muslim.
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Posted by on November 3, 2021 in Uncategorized