31 May '18, 5am

#KargilWar Headhunters of Kargil- The Naga Regiment, saga of exceptional bravery and conduct

Sahab, suna hai ye sar kaat ke le jaate hai aur insan bhi kha lete hai` (Sahab, we heard that they cut off the head of their enemies and are cannibals) – This was not a terrified Pakistani soldier but a terrified soldier of 17 Jat battalion who asked Srinjoy Chowdhury – author of the book `Despatches from Kargil`. Traditionally Naga tribal used to keep skulls for two reasons – (i) of their dead ancestors as a mark of respect or (ii) of their dead enemy as a mark of victory, hence the name Headhunters. It appeared that their reputation walked ahead of the unit. For the enemy, equally frightening was Naga’s reputation of not taking any prisoner. Hell, they lived up to this reputation. Like their Pakistani counterparts, Jats soldiers had heard a lot about Gorkha soldiers and hadseen them enough (there are 7 Gorkha Regiments in the Indian Army with 6-7 battalions in each regim...

Full article: http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/head-hunter...

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