Military History Seminar 2019

The Military History Seminar, the brainchild of Mr. Darshan Singh, Chairman Of Welham Boys’ School had already made its mark in 2017. It had been touted as one of its kind in the educational circuit by all and sundry. The third edition of the Military History Seminar flagged off on 4th October, 2019. This grand event featured 29 prestigious schools from all corners of the country with 212 delegates sharing their insights and engaging in an enthralling exchange of ideas in the presence of stalwarts from the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

Air Marshal K.C. Nanda Cariappa, PVSM, VM was the Chief Guest at the Opening Ceremony accompanied by the Guest of Honour Air Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, PVSM, AVSM, VM. The day’s proceedings began with the presentation of a short film ‘Indian Canvas’ by Mr. Shiv Kunal Verma following which there was a flag march by participating schools. In his inaugural address, Mr. Darshan Singh said it is unfortunate that not enough is being done to illuminate the crucial role played by the armed forces. It was the penchant to bring the hitherto unknown facets of the Indian Military History to the fore that inspired him to launch this novel initiative. He suggested that Military History could be made a subject in CBSE curriculum. The Chief Guest Air Marshal K.C. Nanda Cariappa lauded this initiative taken by the school with superlatives.

The proceedings of the day got the much needed impetus with a talk show on the topic of ‘Ethics and Leadership’. It was presided over by panelists such as Mr. Darshan Singh, Chairman, Welham Boys’ School, Col. Vivek Sharma, Commandant RIMC, Dehradun and Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis-PVSM, AVSM, VM.

In the afternoon there was a conversation on ‘The Blue Water Factor’ followed by a presentation by Syndicate 4 titled ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. The resource speakers for ‘The Blue Water Factor’ were Vice Admiral Anup Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, SC, VSM and Vice Admiral Pradeep Singh Chauhan, AVSM & Bar, VSM, IN (Retd.) The guests for ‘Aap Ki Adalaat’ were Lt.Gen. Jai Prakash Nehra, PVSM, AVSM & Bar, Lt. Gen.(Dr.) Konsam Himalay Singh, YSM, AVSM, UYSM and Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM. The evening session featured an illustrated talk on ‘Three Indian Generals who fought the same enemy- Aurangzeb’ shortly followed by a presentation by Syndicate 2 titled ‘We The People’on the topic ‘Spy vs. Spy’- The Intelligence Game. The illustrated talk on ‘Three Indian Generals’ was presided over by Lt. General K.J. Singh, PVSM, AVSM & Bar (Retd.)

Also present among other dignitaries was Lt.General Mohinder Puri, PVSM, UYSM who showcased a short film titled ‘ Baramulla to Kargil’, directed and produced by Mr.Shiv Kunal Verma and Miss Dipti Bhalla. The critiquing of the film Lt. General Mohinder Puri ended the day on an expectant note. Day 2 started with an illustrated talk on ‘Lesser known battles of Kargil’ in which the resource speaker Lt. Gen. K.H. Singh unearthed many gruesome and heart rending facts and incidents involving the unparalleled sacrifices of many brave soldiers who lost their lives in trying to salvage the pride of their country. This was followed by the Parliamentary Debate. The Art Exhibition showcased the patriotic spirit of the students through the tip of their brushes and the shades of the colours.

The next conversation was titled ‘The Enemy Within’ which focused on the various malicious forces at work which threaten to disrupt peace and security and also dwelt on the various nefarious activities that tend to deplete the natural resources and disturb the ecological balance and the possible ways to combat such trying issues. The valuable insights from Mr. Bittu Sahgal, the resource speaker for the event invited a thunderous applause from the audience and injected new life in them.

The Closing Ceremony of the Military History Seminar 2019 began with a crisp presentation by Welham Newz on whatever transpired over the two days of the seminar. The Chief Guest Air Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, PVSM, AVSM, VM expressed his wonder and admiration at the kind of ‘scintillating interaction’ that he had witnessed over the 2 days and applauded the Welham Boys’ School management for incorporating such a concept into the scheme of things which focused on the ‘the splendour that is India’, terming it as ‘awakened India’.

He eulogized the intellectual capabilities of the all the delegates who participated in it and provoked everyone’s conscience into doing their bit in honouring the armed forces through their ‘searching questions’. He felt proud and privileged to be a part of a community where ‘Leadership & Ethics’ formed the hallmark. The Military History Seminar drew to a close with the impassioned speech of the Principal, Dr. Gunmeet Bindra’s Vote of Thanks who emphatically said that the story of a soldier is unlike any other—the story of a brave heart whose love for the country transcends any other worldly love.