Col. Bhaskar Sarkar, VSM, retired after twenty-eight years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Defence Management, Secundrabad, he was decorated twice with Visisht Seva Medal in 1982 and Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card in 1986. He held a variety of appointments in command and staff, the most important ones being Brigade Major in Nagaland, the Commanding Officer of an engineer regiment in Assam when his unit lifted the oil blockage in Assam in 1980, Chief Engineer of a Border Roads Project in Rajasthan and an instructor in College of Military Engineering three times totalling a period of over seven years. He is also an outstanding and versatile sportsman, a lover of travelling and nature.
Col. Sarkar has published more than twenty papers in various service journals like Combat Journal, Sapper, Military Digest and Sainik Samachar. He is the only officer in the history of the Corps of Engineers to have twice won the Bewoor Prize Essay Competition organised by the Institution of Military Engineers in 1989 and 1990. He also won second prize in a short story competition organized by Femina in 1985. Col. Sarkar is at present heading a team of Quality Assurance Consultants working for the earthquake rehabilitation project at Latur, Maharashtra.
This is Col. Sarkar’s third book. The first, Engineer Appreciation was serialised in the Journal of the Institution of Military Engineers and was well received in the Corps of Engineers. The second book, Pakistan Seeks Revenge and God Saves India was published in 1997.