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Wars of India

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This page is designed for students and researchers needing information on the wars and conflicts of India from independence in 1947 to the present.

To access specific wars or conflicts, click on the blue links. 

See also:

 Wars and Conflicts of India |Indian Military Links| Indo-Pakistani Wars

First Indo-Pakistan War (1948-1949)--Also known as the First Kashmir War.

Liberation of Hyderabad (1948)--Also known in India as "Operation Polo."

Naga Rebellion (1954?-Present)

Liberation of Goa (1961)--A conflict between India and Portugal. Goa had been a Portuguese colony for centuries prior to the Indian invasion of 1961. Also known in India as "Operation Vijay."

Sino-Indian War (1962)--Border war between China and India.Sino-Indian WarChinese Troops advance in the Sino-Indian War

United Nations Offensive Operations in the Congo (1961-1964)--India contributed troops to the UN army which undertook offensive action against rebels in the Congo.

Second Indo-Pakistan War (1965)--Also known as the Second Kashmir War.

Sino-Indian Skirmish (1967)--Also known as the Chola "Incident."

Third Indo-Pakistan War/Bengali War of Independence (1971)--India attacked Pakistan in support of rebels seeking the independence of Bangladesh (then known as East Pakistan) from Pakistan.

Assam-Nagaland border dispute (1979?-Present?)

Punjab Insurgency (1984-1989)--A rebellion in the Sikh-dominated Punjab region culminated in the bloody Battle at the Golden Temple in June of 1984. Follow-up operations in the countryside continued into 1989. India claims the Sikh rebels were backed by Pakistan.

Siachen Operations (1984-Present)--The Siachen Glacier is one of the highest glaciers in the world, and it sits astride the demarcation line between India's and Pakistan's claims in Jammu and Kashmir. Since the mid-'80's, artillery and infantry battles have broken out along this stretch of the border. These battles are related to the ongoing Kashmir Revolt (see below).

Indian Intervention in Sri Lankan Civil War (1987-1990)--India intervened in the bloody Sri Lankan Civil War (which continues into 2000) in support of the Sinhalese majority-dominated government. After suffering heavy casualties and realizing that this was a conflict best left to the Sri Lankans, India removed her troops in 1990.

Indian Intervention in the Maldives (1988)--India intervened to save the government of the Maldives Islands from a takeover by Sri Lankan rebels.

Kashmir Revolt (1990-Present)-This is the internal Indian conflict involving Pakistan and Pakistani-supported Kashmir rebels.

Indian-Bangladesh Border Conflict (2001)--

Sources on Indian military history:

Conflicts Since Independence

News and Links on India's Internal Wars and Conflicts:

India prepares for Maoist assault--BBC, Sept. 28, 2009


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