Nowhere Man: Will The Indian Prisoners of War from 1971 Indo-Pak Battle Be Returned?

Monday, 7 August 2023 (17:59 IST)
Kolkata: This Independence Day, let’s learn more about the courageous fighters, whose stories have remained mostly untold.
Nowhere Man is a story that needs to be told, that needs to be read as it chronicles the heartbreaking and moving story of the braveheart, Captain Kamal Bakshi, who was a company commander in the Battle of Chhamb-Pakistan's biggest offensive in 1971.
He went missing after four days of intense fighting.
Written by his nephew, Shivalik Bakshi and published by Penguin Random House India, this biography remembers and honours Captain Kamal Bakshi, for his courage, trials and tribulations and his ultimate sacrifice in the service of the nation.
Nobody from Captain Bakshi’s battalion had seen him get injured, nor had they been able to locate his body, and yet, he was declared killed in action.
However, in 1979, the Ministry of External Affairs announced in Parliament that it had reasons to believe that at least forty Indian prisoners of war were still in Pakistani custody and one of the names on the list was Kamal Bakshi's.
Nowhere Man builds on Kamal's journals and letters that his family carefully preserved, memories of his classmates from boarding school and the NDA, and his colleagues from the army to narrate an intimate account of his life.
It also incorporates anecdotes with dates of Indian prisoners being spotted. It sheds light on the alleged captivity of other Indian soldiers in Pakistan, despite India having released all Pakistani POWs.
Shivalik Bakshi met several men from Captain Kamal Bakshi's battalion, some of whom were with him in the trenches until the very end, to present a complete picture of his life.
Kamal's family believes that some Indian soldiers from the 1971 war, including possibly him, are still imprisoned and the book is their attempt to throw light on this issue. (UNI)

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