Lieutenant General K.J.S. ‘Tiny’ Dhillon, an Infantry veteran from the Rajputana Rifles with about four decades of military service, has served multiple tenures in Kashmir.
In this book, ‘Tiny’ Dhillon opens a hitherto-closed window, not only to his life but also to Kashmir. He recounts fascinating tales about the toughest challenges he encountered, from age three right up to those from his multiple tenures in Kashmir from 1988 to 2020, where it was his responsibility to maintain a balance between counter-terrorism operations on the one hand and to use military soft power on the other. Dhillon retraces his entire journey, from being a young boy to becoming the Commander of the Chinar Corps, with Kashmir as an inseparable part of this story.
As a first-hand account, the book touches on and demystifies the myths, half-truths, whats, ifs and whys of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits; the barbarous attack on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama district, in which forty CRPF personnel were killed; the Balakot air strikes; and the abrogation of Article 370 and its impact on the socio-political, economic and law-and-order situation, among other incidents. It takes us behind the scenes to bring out the nuances of various intriguing developments at a critical juncture in the history of J&K.
Anecdotal, candid and evocative, Kitne Ghazi Aaye, Kitne Ghazi Gaye brings to light the true stories from this Army veteran’s life. It focuses on the personal, professional and, most importantly, family life of a soldier in the Army, and will not only provide an insight into the trials and tribulations he faced but will also inspire a wide spectrum of readers, especially young defence aspirants.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Tiny’ Dhillon spells out how the 15 Corps prepared for D-Day leading upto August 5 in utmost secrecy. … For those defense aspirants and security thinkers who want to know what Indian army thinks, breaths, eats, walks and talks in Kashmir, Kitne Ghazi Aaye, Kitne Ghazi Gaye makes a must read for them. — Daanish Bin Nabi ― Outlook
In the book, Dhillon writes that many people are not aware about a similar suicide attack which had been planned in February 2019 itself where a potential suicide bomber terrorist had made a video showcasing, explosives and other weaponry to indicate his intentions. ― The Economic Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM (Retd), an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, is a 1983-commissioned Infantry Officer (Rajputana Rifles). Popularly known as ‘Tiny’ Dhillon, he served extensively in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operational areas of Kashmir and the North-east. During the most challenging environment of the Pulwama IED blast and the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, he commanded the Srinagar-based 15 Corps in Kashmir. He superannuated as Director General, Defence Intelligence Agency, under the Chief of Defence Staff in January 2022.