gfiles magazine

January 11, 2016

Let down by the leadership

In military circles, Shiv Kunal Verma first shot into prominence in 1992 when he produced the highly acclaimed film on 60 years of the Indian Air Force, Salt of the Earth. This benchmark film was followed by a series of films on the Indian Navy and the Army, culminating with his filming Kargil War and Aakash Yodha, which again covered the aerial dimension of the conflict with Pakistan in 1999. The Standard Bearers (National Defence Academy) and The Making of a Warrior (Indian Military Academy) were among the various films he made on military training institutions in the country. Verma is also the author of The Long Road to Siachen: The Question Why and the highly acclaimed Northeast Trilogy that documents the region in meticulous detail. Among his other works are the books on the Assam Rifles while he has also co-authored Courage & Conviction, the autobiography of the former Chief of Army Staff, General VK Singh.

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