Sheer joy of finding old articles and joining the missing linkAs a person always deeply interested in India's military history, I had been searching for a quite long time. I knew that he took part in 1971 war in the Eastern sector, but could not find the Brigade which he commanded. I searched a lot, I delved deep but even then I was unsuccessful. It was a missing link for me.
The day before yesterday, I was going through my Twitter timeline. A comment was posted about the resignation of a famous journalist from Indian Express. Suddenly among the responses to that comment, I found a response from a Pakistani who gave a link to an old article published in the Hindu in 2011. I opened the link out of curiosity, and......! I could join the missing link. No, it is not about the journalist, but about the Army Officer whom I was searching.
Major-General SS Uban. At the time of 1971 war, he was a Brigadier of Indian Army. He was actively engaged in the Eastern sector. He was commended for his contribution, but he did not command any formal Brigade in the war. Then what did he do? His role is still not fully acknowledged. But he was instrumental in Niaji's surrender. He trained Bangladeshi Mukti Bahini and his soldiers, along with the Mukti Bahini, operated behind enemy lines.
Just like magic, after reading this particular article published in the Hindu, I have found some more articles about this deeply spiritual but extremely dare-devil Major-General. I have come to know about his various other remarkable fetes. I have come to know about his role in some other sensitive missions.
Although I can't share what I have read about him, I can share my joy of finding old articles and joining the missing link.