OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION

OPERATION EAGLE – OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – 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. 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. 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 THE LIBERATION OF BANGLADESH ON NOVEMBER 03, 1971 WITH STRIKES ON THE ENEMY MILITARY POSTS IN THE CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS. RELEASE 1971 WAR SERVICE CITATION.

February 06, 2016

From:

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

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

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. 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 ). The Battle Plan was approved by Prime Minister Shrimati. Indira Gandhi. In other words, Op Eagle derived legal authority for it was duly sanctioned by the Government of India. I acted in obedience to the orders issued by my immediate superior Officers as the military plan is sanctioned by the 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 the use of helicopter flights from India for airlifting of battle casualties from the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the Field Hospital, Lungleh, Mizoram.

5. For the 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 the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Force Headquarters of Op Eagle was assigned the duty and responsibility of evacuation of battle casualties from the Unit location to the Field Hospital.

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

7. Apart from the helicopter airlift, 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 the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the 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 the difficult task of this casualty evacuation after we seized an 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 the Chittagong Hill Tracts on Day 5 of Op Eagle after I successfully completed my task.

9. My actions to perform the duties of Medical Officer during Op Eagle clearly show that I took the 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 the 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, VrC, 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

MS-8466 CAPTAIN R R NARASIMHAM AMC/SSC – OPERATION EAGLE-GALLANTRY AWARD
Operation Eagle – Gallantry Award: Service Number IC-22805 Major Survendra Singh Negi, The Grenadiers, served as a Company Commander, South Column, Operation Eagle, Bangladesh Ops, the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Operation Eagle – Gallantry Award: Flight Lieutenant Parvez Rustom Jamasji, Indian Air Force Helicopter Pilot provided airlift to the battle casualties in the conduct of Operation Eagle, Bangladesh Ops in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Operation Eagle – Gallantry Award: Flight Lieutenant Parvez Rustom Jamasji, Indian Air Force Helicopter Pilot provided airlift to the battle casualties in the conduct of Operation Eagle, Bangladesh Ops in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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