Military History Seminar 2018

DAY 1

Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar inaugurated the second edition of the Military History Seminar at Welham Boys’ School, in a glorious opening ceremony in the Activity Centre on the 6th of October 2018.Mr. Darshan Singh, Chairman Welham Boys’ School, also spoke at the event, drawing attention to the pressing need for India to begin investing more in indigenous research and development in order to become more self-sufficient entity. This was followed by a talk show hosted by Mr. Shiv KunalVerma on Make in India.Later in the day, Mr. KVK Murthy delivered a talk entitled: A Talk on Beyond Siachen: My Travels to Sinkiang.

The afternoon session saw Lt. Gen. Loomba preside as judge of Aap Ki Adalat as Cdr. Ashok Dewan and Vice Admiral Koppikar took the witness box to discuss Missile Boat Attack on Karachi and Gwadar.

In the evening, the Theatron was the venue for We the People dealing with the topic ‘Women in Armed Forces’ with panellistsWg. Cdr. Anupama Joshi, Wg. Cdr. NamritaChandi, Maj. Vandana Sharma, and Maj. Sunita Yadav. This was followed by an inspirational film on the Indian Military Academy, made by Mr. Shiv KunalVerma.The delegate dance and dinner was later held in the Riverside Lawn.

DAY 2

The Big Fight kicked things off on the second day: anchored by Lt. Gen.Sanjiv Langer, the panelists scrutinized India’s security perspective by discussing whether India and China are destined to be partners in Asia or whether their conflict is inevitable.

A tea break was followed by Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain’s insightful and memorable talk entitledKashmir: The Way Forward. Shoaib Shawl’s film (A Welham Boys’ production) on the 1992 Timber Trail cable car accident and the Indian Army’s daring rescue spearheaded by Lt. Gen. PC Bhardwaj and Ivan Crasto was a fitting culmination to the morning session. The art exhibition by Syndicate 3 was appreciated by one and all.

Lt. Gen. PC Bhardwaj presided as Chief Guest of the Closing Ceremony of the Military History Seminar 2018. The moving tribute to the four wars fought by India was interspersed with songs and culminated in a spectacular march past by RIMC, Hopetown, WelhamGirls’ and WelhamBoys’ School.

- Justin Burrett