OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA -1971 BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE CITATION


OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – 1971 BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE CITATION

OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION. PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA’S OFFICE(PMO), SOUTH BLOCK, RAISINA HILL, NEW DELHI. 
OPERATION EAGLE - OPEN LETTER TO SHRI. NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI, THE 15th PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA.
OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO SHRI. NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI, THE 15th PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA. BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION.
OPERATION EAGLE - OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA. SHRI. NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI IS DULY APPOINTED AS THE 15th PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON MAY 26, 2014.
OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA. SHRI. NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI IS DULY APPOINTED AS THE 15th PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON MAY 26, 2014. BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION.

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE-OPERATION EAGLE-1971 BANGLADESH OPs-GALLANTRY AWARD:

OPERATION EAGLE IS THE CODE NAME FOR MILITARY ACTION THAT INITIATED THE LIBERATION OF BANGLADESH ON NOVEMBER 03, 1971 WITH STRIKES ON THE ENEMY MILITARY POSTS IN CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS.
OPERATION EAGLE IS THE CODE NAME FOR MILITARY ACTION THAT INITIATED LIBERATION OF BANGLADESH ON NOVEMBER 03, 1971 WITH STRIKES ON THE ENEMY MILITARY POSTS IN CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS. RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION.

May 28, 2014

From:

Personal Number. MR-03277K, Rank.  Major,  AMC/DPC,

Rudra Narasimham, Rebbapragada, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

2011 South Huron Parkway, Apartment #11,

Ann Arbor, MI  48104-4162

United States of America.

To:

Shri. Narendra Damodardas Modi,

Honourable Prime Minister of India,

The Prime Minister’s Office(PMO),

South Block, Raisina Hill,

New Delhi – 110 101.

Subject:- Operation Eagle – Military Operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts – India-Pakistan War of 1971 – “The Past is Never Dead.” – Regarding.

Reference:- Government of India Ministry of Defence Letter No. 3533/2009/D( Cer ) dated 2nd/3rd  December, 2009. A photo image of this letter provides easy reference.

Operation Eagle – Military Operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts in 1971 -“The Past is Never Dead.” I am asking release of 1971 War Service Citation to get due recognition as per Battle Plan approved by the Prime Minister of India. 

 Honorable Prime Minister of India,

1. Using the famous words of Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, I would submit to you, “The Past is Never Dead… It’s not even Past.”

2. I,  R. Rudra Narasimham, also known as, Personal Number. MS-8466, Rank. Lieutenant/Captain,  R. R. Narasimham, AMC/SSC was posted to Headquarters Establishment No. 22 C/O 56 APO ( Est No. 22 ) as Medical Officer with effect from 22 September 1971. 

3. At Est No. 22, I was issued written orders to take part in military Operation Eagle ( Op Eagle ). This Battle Plan was approved by Prime Minister Shrimati. Indira Gandhi. In other words, Op Eagle derived legal authority for it was duly sanctioned by Government of India. I acted in obedience to the orders issued by my immediate superior Officers as the military plan is sanctioned by Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. Kindly ask me if I have to provide any other information about Op Eagle and its legal status as an Official act of War.

4. The Op Eagle battle plan included use of helicopter flights from India for airlifting of battle casualties from Chittagong Hill Tracts to Field Hospital, Lungleh, Mizoram.

5. For conduct of military operations, I was posted to ‘South Column’ Unit commanded by Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan. Under his Command, my Unit penetrated enemy territory. We launched an offensive attack on entrenched enemy post at about 40 miles distance from a Border Security Force Post in Indian territory. As the Unit Medical Officer, my duties and responsibilities were that of treating and holding battle casualties at my Unit location in Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Force Headquarters of Op Eagle was assigned the duty and responsibility of evacuation of battle casualties from Unit location to Field Hospital.

6. During the initial phase of Op Eagle, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withheld her permission for use of helicopter flight from India to Unit Battlefield location in Chittagong Hill Tracts.

7. Apart from helicopter flight, Brigadier T S Oberoi, Brigade Commander at the Force Headquarters, Op Eagle had no alternate or contingency plan for immediate and safe evacuation of battle casualties from Chittagong Hill Tracts to Field Hospital. Lack of planned airlift support imposed sudden, unexpected challenge. I accepted this challenge and went beyond the call of my duty and executed difficult task of this casualty evacuation after we seized enemy position in a fierce battle.

8. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, when briefed about this battle casualty evacuation problem, gave permission for helicopter flights from India to Chittagong Hill Tracts on Day 5 of Op Eagle after I successfully completed my task.

9. My actions to perform Medical Officer duties during Op Eagle  clearly show that I took initiative to respond in a timely manner at a critical juncture, went Beyond the Call of Duty, and  performed my tasks without sense of fear and without concern for my personal safety inside enemy territory where we faced the threat of enemy retaliation and threat posed by Mizo rebels who operated on both sides of  India-Pakistan border. To put this in proper perspective, I have to mention that this battle casualty evacuation on Day 3/4 involved a physically challenging march of over 80 miles within 24 hours across remote, roadless, hilly, forest terrain. Kindly let me know if any other Army Medical Corps Officer performed a similar task during Indian Army military operations. For the first time in the history of Indian Army Medical Corps, I provided medical care and comfort as a Medical Officer, in addition, I performed nursing duties which are expected of AMC Nursing Assistant and Ambulance Assistant during battle casualty evacuation. As my Unit was still engaged in defending the just captured enemy post, the AMC Nursing Assistants remained on their duty and could not be spared for battle casualty evacuation. 

10. My Unit Commander, Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan initiated a citation that recommended grant of Gallantry Award – “Vir Chakra” to recognize my gallant action deep inside the enemy territory; the citation was approved and recommended by Brigade Commander, Brigadier T S Oberoi, and by Formation Commander, Major General Sujan Singh Uban, Inspector General of Special Frontier Force.

11. Kindly direct the Under Secretary ( Cer ), Ministry of Defence to publicly release this citation recommending  Gallantry Award during my 1971 War Service.

Thanking You,

Yours Faithfully,

R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

 

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24 thoughts on “OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA -1971 BANGLADESH OPs – RELEASE CITATION

  1. Dear RR Narasimham Garu, Your service during India-China war 1962 is great. Thank you. Please email me. I am from Kadapa,AP. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Are you living in Michigan now?

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog post. Glad to hear that you are from Kadapa. I got married there. I would be happy to converse with you at any of my blog posts. Kindly feel free to share your views and opinions and I would really appreciate such discussion.

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  2. Dear Doctor, I have gone through your letter and details thereof. I am also an AMC [NT] officer. I happened to serve in the most difficult terrain along Chinese Border in Sikkim. one of our Medical Officers, a young captain was on temporary duties with one of the infantry battalions. He was to provide medical cover to the advance post of a company strength. There was a heavy snow storm of about 120 KM speed. One platoon strength was in the open on some work. The platoon got struck in the storm. The infantry officers retrieved to the bunkers leaving the soldiers at their fate but the MO could not. He virtually pulled every soldier from the waist deep snow and single handedly carried out the entire rescue operation. In the bargain he suffered severe chill blains,frost bite and snow blindness. He remained in the hospital for a couple of months. Fortunately he was a brave heart and a tough soldier. He came out from the ordeal in one piece. The battalion commander and the formation commander recommended for Sarvottam Yuddha Sewa Medal but was turned down by the unit CO and the ADMS on the grounds that the officer did not do anything special and it was part of his duty. Only the reason was that the CO of the medical parent unit and the ADMS of the division wanted a stake in the work done by the officer. The officer is a successful gynaecologist and happy in the life but i still remember attitude and sadism of our senior officers.

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    1. Dear Major Ram Patil,

      Thanks for visiting my blog post and sharing this wonderful story about your Regimental Medical Officer. I am surprised to read that the parent Unit Commander and the ADMS could play any role in this recommendation. If I am posted on Temporary Duty, I will be placed under the Command of the Officer Commanding the Unit to which I am attached. It is indeed unfortunate to learn that the recommendation made by the Battalion Commander and the Formation Commander could be revoked by the actions of others who have no jurisdiction in the matter.

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