An Indian army soldier climbs down a rope as they perform during a rehearsal for “Vijay Diwas” celebrations in Mumbai-AP

An Indian army soldier climbs down a rope as they perform during a rehearsal for “Vijay Diwas” celebrations in Mumbai-AP

An Indian army soldier climbs down a rope as they perform during a rehearsal for “Vijay Diwas” celebrations in Mumbai-AP

Delhi

Air power is the most capital-intensive means of war. A modern fighter jet now could cost several hundred crores and the prices seem to be rising exponentially.

I returned to India in August 1946 after serving in Burma and Indonesia during the Second World War.