Hyderabad, Nov 4: `Operation Cactus', the most difficult India's air-born operation in Maldives, reflects India's military and diplomatic skills and it has showcased India as an emerging regional power, Group Captain Ashok K Chordia (Retd), who was part of the operation and author of book "Operation Cactus", said.
Speaking at a seminar on “Operation Cactus: Anatomy of One of India’s Most Daring Military Operations” organized by Social Cause, Hyderabad, to mark the 30th anniversary of the operation and release of the book here on Sunday, Ashok K Chordia said that the decision to launch an airborne operation, more than 2500 kms away in the Maldives was a difficult politico-military choice.
Stating that it was one of courageous military operation in the world history, he said even US, China and Pakistan forces, who were close to Maldives than Indian army, hesitated to take up the task.
The operation was not sleepwalk, unlike many opined, Ashok K Chordia said. Parachutes in those were not as safe as they are today. (UNI)