IPKF-Undying Be Their Memories by Major General Arjun Muthanna
My take on the book:
In this compelling book, IPKF — Undying Be Their Memories, Major General Arjun Muthanna chronicles the Indian Peacekeeping Force’s (IPKF) intervention in Sri Lanka’s civil war from 1987 to 1990. Drawing from his firsthand experiences as a Brigade Commander in the IPKF, Muthanna offers a unique and insightful perspective on the force’s operations, challenges, and sacrifices.
The book meticulously traces the IPKF’s journey from its entry into Sri Lanka amidst initial optimism to the subsequent trials and tribulations faced by the Indian troops. Muthanna explains the complex political and ethnic dynamics that fueled the Sri Lankan conflict, highlighting the IPKF’s efforts to maintain peace. He also addresses the eventual withdrawal of the force in the face of mounting opposition and casualties.
Muthanna’s personal anecdotes and insights enrich the narrative, adding a human dimension to the otherwise dry military accounts. He pays homage to the bravery and sacrifices of the IPKF soldiers, many of whom laid down their lives in the line of duty, ensuring their memories remain undying.
While the book’s primary focus is on the IPKF’s military operations, it also delves into the broader political and social context of the Sri Lankan conflict. Muthanna’s analysis of the factors that led to the IPKF’s intervention and subsequent withdrawal provides valuable insights into the complexities of peacekeeping operations and the intricate dynamics of the Sri Lankan conflict
The book stands as a significant contribution to the historical record of the Sri Lankan civil war and the IPKF’s role within it. A more detailed discussion of the IPKF’s impact on the Sri Lankan population would have added depth to the book. Inclusion of more information on the international reaction to the IPKF’s intervention would have also provided broader context.
Overall, this is a well-written and informative book that offers a valuable perspective on the IPKF’s role in the Sri Lankan civil war. It is a must-read for anyone interested in military history, peacekeeping operations, and the complexities of this conflict.