|Profession(s)||Former Indian Air Force Officer|
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|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Date of Birth||Not Known|
|Caste||Kashmiri Pandit (Brahman) Caravan Magazine|
|College/University||The Universities of Madras and Allahabad, India|
|Educational Qualification||A Post-graduate in Defence/Strategic Studies from the Universities of Madras and Allahabad Kapil Kak
1975: Graduation in Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and National Defence College (NDC). Bharat Rakshak
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Kapil Kak
- Kapil Kak is a former Indian Air Marshal who served the flying branch of the Indian Airforce for 35 years. He was a part of the 1965 Indo-Pak War and was actively involved in the combat bombing missions of the 1971 war. He served as a Navigator in Transport, Bomber, and Air Headquarters Communication Squadron.
- He was appointed as the Flight Officer on 10 November 1963. He was promoted as the Group Captain on 15 July 1985. He was then elevated as the Acting Air Comrade on 17 July 1989. He was promoted to the Air Comrade position on 01 March 1989. On 21 March 1994, he was ranked to the position of Acting Air vice-marshal (AVM). Then, on 21 March 1994, he was elevated to the rank of Air vice-marshal (AVM). Kapil Kak was the founding Additional Director of the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) in New Delhi and served this organisation till 2012 as the Deputy Director.
- During his service at the Indian Airforce, he worked as an Air Commander of the Operational Air Force Wing at Agra from June 1984 to January 1986. Later, he worked as a directing staff and head of the Air Force at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. From 24 January 1986 to 25 June 1989, he served as India’s Defence Attaché’ in Thailand as a group captain. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Air Assistant to Chief of Air Staff and served from 01 December 1990 to 31 May 1993. From 01 June 1993 to 30 September 1996, he worked at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington as AVM.
- On 26 January 1981, Kapil Kak was honoured with the Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India for his distinguished services for India. On 26 January 1994, he was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal. It was announced at his award ceremony that during his service period he had flown the air jets with the highest capacity for over 5000 hours.
- The training and courses attended by Kapil Kak include 31 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) on 29 November 1975 and 30 NDC (Air Cmde) on 01 December 1990. He is the recipient of Navigator’s Badge.
- Kapil Kak retired from Indian Airforce 30 September 1996. As an author, Kapil Kak wrote more than fifty articles and journals on strategic, national security, defence and airpower issues of India. He is the author of the book named India and Pakistan: Pathways Ahead, which was published in 2007.
Another famous book by Kapil Kak is Comprehensive Security for an Emerging India was released in 2010.
- In 2017, Kapil Kak joined as a member of a delegation of concerned citizens from India to attend talks and resolve conflicts in Kashmir. This delegation was initiated by former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha.
- Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak challenged the Supreme Court as one of many petitioners in India during the J&K Reorganisation Bill & the abrogation of Article 370 amid the Modi government in India. Kapil Kak told Al Jazeera,
(it is ) a permanent resident by stealth. It should worry the Kashmiris … The effect of this notification would be felt in [the] Jammu [region] because there are not many people who have come into Kashmir in the last 15 years.”
I have multiple identities. I am, first of all, an international citizen. I am also a very proud Indian. I joined the Indian Air Force in 1960 and opted for combat flying. I believe in India’s democratic, pluralistic and deeply ingrained secular ethos. In the Air Force, I absorbed the cultures of those places where I was posted. Lastly, I am a Kashmiri first, before being a Kashmiri Pandit, and I have a problem with the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir.”
- Kapil Kak often advises the Indian government on various international security and defence issues. He regularly participates in the initiatives taken by the Indian government during the India – Pakistan peace process and the conflict management meetings in Jammu and Kashmir. Kapil Kak is associated in the panel of Board of Advisor in the NGOs named Healing Minds Foundation in New Delhi, the Kashmir-based Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, and Chanakya Centre for Strategic Studies in New Delhi.
- Various Indian Defence and Civil Institutions of higher learning including the National Defence College and Universities often invite Kapil Kak as a guest speaker.
- Kapil Kak often appears as a commentator on renowned Indian television and radio news channels.
- In 2019, Kapil Kak gave a controversial statement that led to several lengthy debates on Twitter. He said,
Kashmiris have not let down India, India has let down Kashmir….”