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Chapter 6, Tiger Hills, english, fyjc, 11th std, maharashtra board, balbharathi solution,

complete the following sentence.

1.Ajoy reported about ________________.

SOLUTION

Ajoy reported about how the game was played, how the game performed, and how the game ended.


2.Sujoy reported about ___________________.

SOLUTION

Sujoy reported about how they missed Vinay and Sunay, and how eager they were to tell them about the enjoyments.


The word ‘report’ means –

(a) Give a spoken or written account of something.
(b) Cover an event or subject as a journalist or reporter.

SOLUTION

Give a spoken or written account of something.


Refer to a standard dictionary and find out the meaning of the following word:

1.Reportage

SOLUTION

Reportage: the act of reporting news in a newspaper or broadcasting them on radio or television.


2.Reporter

SOLUTION

Reporter: a person who covers events, proceedings, or news and describes them for a newspaper, radio, or television.


3.Reported speech

SOLUTION

Reported speech: Means of expressing statements or questions without using the speaker’s exact words.


4.Reportorial

SOLUTION

Reportorial: related to or characteristic of a newspaper reporter.


Find and discuss some examples of reports related to the given topic.

1.Award distribution

SOLUTION

Do it yourself.


2.Bravery awards

SOLUTION

Do it yourself.


3.Any social issue

SOLUTION

Do it yourself.


You might have read war stories or watched war movies. Make a list of the factors which make them interesting.

_____________________________

_____________________________

_____________________________

SOLUTION

The factors listed below often make war stories interesting:
  1. the constant threat of injury or death looming over the characters
  2. a sense of real-life drama and the thrill attached to it
  3. spontaneity required in decision-making during crucial moments of the war
  4. the narrator’s an elevated sense of pride or utter dejection at times
  5. historic nature of the outcome of a war
  6. reader/viewer’s emotional involvement.

Narrate in your own words a similar based on text to the class.

SOLUTION

26th November 2008 is considered one of the black days in the History of Mumbai. 10 armed men wreaked havoc in the city, fired mercilessly at helpless Mumbaikars, and pushed the entire country into a state of fear for the next 3 days. The terrorist attack started when 10 heavily armed men arrived at two locations in Colaba in inflatable speedboats, at around 9:30 p.m. They then split into groups of two and opened fire at different locations of Mumbai. The locations targeted were Leopold Café, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Oberoi Trident, and Cama Hospital. They also blew up two taxis with explosives. Though the Mumbai Police were caught unawares by the terrorist attack, they showed exemplary courage and deftness and managed to neutralize three terrorists. In the course of their efforts to take stock of the situation, Police officers Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, and Ashok Kamte, were killed by the terrorists. The Mumbai Police managed to arrest the terrorist Ajmal Kasab alive near Girgaon Chowpatty. Police officer Tukaram Omble was martyred while achieving this feat. Later that night, two terrorists managed to sneak into the Nariman House building, a Jewish centre in Colaba while three of them entered the Taj Mahal Hotel building and held the residents’ hostage. They threatened and even killed a few hostages in these locations. The center deployed the Rapid Action Force, Marine Commandos, and the NSG commandos for the rescue operation. The hostage situation at the Taj was resolved on the morning of 27th November. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan of the NSG was killed during the rescue of Commando Sunil Yadav, who was hit in the leg by a bullet at Taj. The rescue operation at the Nariman House continued for the next two days. Finally, on 29th November 2008 at around 8 a.m., the nightmare ended as the last terrorist of the group was killed.


Imagine that you are about to interview the writer. Write 10 to 15 questions regarding the operation.

SOLUTION

  1. Where did you operate from for the entire duration of the operation?
  2. How did you track the progress of the operation?
  3. What role did the media play during the operation?
  4. Did any official from the enemy’s side try to communicate with you?
  5. What was the role played by spies during the operation?
  6. Did you intercept any messages from across the border?
  7. How was the morale of the Indian soldiers? Can you recall any story or incident that lifted their spirits?
  8. What were the measures taken by you to ensure a smooth supply of arms and ammunition?
  9. How was the coordination with the air-force?
  10. What according to you was the biggest challenge on Tiger Hill?
  11. How did you manage to keep calm during moments of utter frustration?
  12. What was the exact figure of casualties on both sides?
  13. What were the lessons learned from the war?
  14. What message would you send across to citizens of a country when there is a war being fought on the front?

Enlist any four facts which made the capturing of Tiger Hill a national challenge.

SOLUTION

  1. Tiger hill was located 10 kilometres North of the Srinagar – Kargil – Leh Highway but towered higher than the other hills in its vicinity.
  2. The enemy position on the mountain top dominated parts of this highway. Thus, any movement on the highway or any approach to the Hill risked visibility by the enemy because of its vantage point.
  3. The position of the enemy on Tiger Hill was well-fortified and its sharp triangular top made it a difficult objective to recapture.
  4. The impossibility of the mission was projected by the media as a national challenge.

Different arms and ammunitions are mentioned in the excerpt. Find their names.

SOLUTION

Bofors guns, field and medium guns, 122 mm multi-barrelled Grad rocket launchers, and mortars.


Wars are not fought only on the battlefield. Comment.

SOLUTION

For a country fighting a war, challenges, like maintaining secrecy, handling political and global pressures, maintaining internal peace, and arranging for all kinds of combat support, become battles in itself. Besides all these battles, the entire nation is under tremendous psychological pressure. The routine life of the families of the individuals directly involved in the war is filled with anxiety. The country folk, too, remain worried about the fate of those in the army. Every intermediate victory or defeat has a direct impact on the morale of a nation. Overall, the atmosphere changes to one of fear and in some cases, anger. In the case of wars that last for a long period of time, it also puts a strain on the resources of a country. A war thus impacts involved countries on many different levels that span beyond a battlefield.


Prompt reporting is of strategic importance during a war. explain it.

SOLUTION

The prompt reporting of the outcome of the war is extremely necessary for decision making. In the case of the Kargil war, the timely reporting of victory was critical as it provided the Prime Minister with the opportunity to make the news public in the meeting scheduled in Haryana. On the global front, the news of the outcome of the war had an impact on the meeting between Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and American President Bill Clinton, which was scheduled for the same day (4th July). The promptness of confirmed reporting during a war can avert major crises and can break the morale of the enemy.


Make a list of the preparations made for an assault on Tiger Hill.

1.Throughout the last week of June 1999, 18 Grenadiers ____________.

SOLUTION

Throughout the last week of June 1999, 18 Grenadiers probed to establish the extent of the enemy’s defences.


2.They also explored to ______________.

SOLUTION

They also explored to find out suitable routes for the assault.


3.After confirming the multidirectional assault as the best strategy the commanding officer ________________.

SOLUTION

After confirming the multidirectional assault as the best strategy the commanding officer of 41 Field Regiment drew up an elaborate artillery plan.


4.Individual guns ___________.

SOLUTION

Individual guns were ranged in order to cover each objective.


5.Bofors guns _____________.

SOLUTION

Bofors guns were used in a direct firing role with great accuracy.


Complete the flow chart showing the events on the day of the assault.

SOLUTION

  1. On 2-3 July 1999, Air Force targeted a tiger hill and hit the bull’s eye several times during its missions.
  2. At 1900 hours on 3 July 18 Grenadiers commenced its multidirectional assault under the cover of bad weather and darkness, supported by the firepower of artillery and mortars.
  3. At 0130 hours on 4 July, ‘A’ company captured an intermediate position called Tongue.
  4. ‘D’ Company leader Captain Sachin Nimbalkar led the assault from the east.
  5. ‘D’ Company occupied the eastern portion of Area Collar, which lay within 100 meters of Tiger Hill Top.
  6. A toehold was obtained on the north-eastern spur just 30 meters from the top in a surprise attack by ‘C’ Company and Ghatak (Commando) platoon under Lieutenant Balwan Singh.
  7. At 0400 hours on 4 July after a carefully orchestrated artillery bombardment, Sachin Nimbalkar and Balwan Singh along with their men approached Tiger Hill Top by climbing a sheer cliff and caught the enemy unawares.
  8. After a short period of hand-to-hand fighting, Sachin Nimbalkar and Balwan Singh and their men succeeded in capturing a hold on Tiger Hilltop.
  9. On 8th July, the Indian Tricolour was hoisted on the Tiger Hilltop.

Rewrite the given statements in their order of occurrence.

The most difficult task of maintaining the hold on Tiger Hill was achieved in this way:
  1. 8 Sikh was ordered to and capture Helmet and India Gate.
  2. Bodies of the Pakistani soldiers were collected and buried appropriately.
  3. During the ferocious artillery duels, the Grenadiers hung on their precarious perch with grit and determination.
  4. Sikh fought back successfully two counterattacks with forty to fifty personnel.
  5. An ad-hoc column of 8 Sikh climbed the steep rock and captured India Gate.
  6. In spite of heavy casualties, 8 Sikh captured Helmet on 5 July.

SOLUTION

A.During the ferocious artillery duels, the Grenadiers hung on their precarious perch with grit and determination.
B.8 Sikh was ordered to attack and capture Helmet and India Gate.
C.An ad-hoc column of 8 Sikh climbed the steep rock and captured India Gate.
D.In spite of heavy casualties, 8 Sikh captured Helmet on 5 July.
E.Sikh fought back successfully two counterattacks with forty to fifty personnel.
F.Bodies of the Pakistani soldiers were collected and buried appropriately.

Discuss the meaning of the following idioms/phrases and use them in your own sentence.

1.To hit the bull’s eye.

SOLUTION

Meaning: to hit the mark; to have the desired effect; to be absolutely right.
Shreyas hit the bull’s eye with his prediction of the first showers of the monsoon.

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