"They displayed a very high level of operational maturity and tactical patience. They were not derailed from their focus by Saturday's bombings on the outer cordon. The use of snipers to take out the militants was the right choice. When militants have suicide vests on, it is important to avoid close quarter combat to the extent possible," said Lt Gen John Ranjan Mukherjee, who commanded a corps in Kashmir and retired as chief of staff of India's Eastern Army Command.
Mukherjee, one of India's leading counter-terrorism veterans, with long experience in Kashmir and the Northeast, said the Bangladesh para commandos had 'their priorities absolutely right.'
"Unlike the Pakistan army, which goes berserk when hit or under fire, the Bangladesh soldiers and their commanders have displayed a very cool head under adversity," said Mukherjee, a veteran of the 1971 war.
He congratulated 17 Division GOC Maj Gen Anwarul Momen, 1st Para-Commando Battalion CO Lt Col Imrul Hasan and other officers and men involved in 'Operation Twilight.'
"From the bottom of my heart, I give them my best wishes on a very successful operation. Being macho needlessly is no good, losing troops unnecessarily is no good."
"It was a very good idea to leave it to the commanders on the ground to decide on tactical alternatives. In India, we often have too much interference from senior officers and politicians. That did not happen there (Sylhet)."
Roye, who retired as Bengal Area GOC and was India's military attaché in the US, praised the 1st Para-Commandos for three decisions:
>> Removing the television and media from the operational zone;
>> Painstakingly evacuating the civilians to avoid a hostage situation;
>>Managing the combat engagement tactfully with good 'fire control' to prise open the location of militants for sniper hits;
Roye said that the Bangladesh Army’s handling of the media environment was a 'lesson for all armies to learn.'
"This was possible because none in Bangladesh army or police was into one-upmanship. That is one lesson we all should learn from."
Roye also gave full credit to army spokesperson Brig Gen Fakhrul Ahsan for crediting police for accurate intelligence.
"That is how you develop team spirit between different forces involved in operations. That is how you avoid working at cross purposes."
"Many armies have leaders who brag too much. During operations, they face TV cameras and make tall claims. Bangladesh army seems to have commanders who think hard and finish an operation without making tall claims."
He said 'Operation Twilight' will further boost the credibility of Bangladesh Army and will make them more sought after by the UN.
All praise for the 'tactical finesse' of the commanders who handled 'Operation Twilight', Ganguly said: "They displayed a wonderful balance in handling priorities. This is a great lesson in avoiding overkill but doing enough to achieve the objectives of the operation."
Former field commanders echoed the views of the senior generals.
"Fighting fanatic terrorists prepared to blow themselves up in a populated built up area is the army's worst nightmare. The Bangladesh para-commandos displayed great skill and tactical finesse in handling a delicate situation."
Das and his former colleague Col Partha Bhattacharya also lauded the Bangladesh government for putting its full trust in the army to handle the job.
"In India, we often have needless political interference. Our politicians often shy away from tough decisions. That is clearly not the case in Bangladesh," said Das.
Das castigated the chest thumping triumphalism of Indian leaders over 'surgical strikes' and contrasted this with the mature, almost silent response of the Bangladesh leadership.
"There was no attempt to gain political mileage out of Sylhet. Instead PM Hasina made an appeal to the radicals to return to normal life on Independence Day."
Col Bhattacharya, who served in Kashmir and Northeast and also in 'very difficult situations abroad', agreed. "Bangladesh has the political will to tackle terrorism. And they have very competent soldiers and policemen who are prepared to do whatever it takes to fight against terror."
"The Russians would have taken down the whole building or pumped gas into it without rescuing civilians first, as they did in the Moscow theatre years ago. The Pakistanis would have opened indiscriminate fire. The Bangladesh army used force in the right measure, there was no overkill," said Das.
Bhattacharya, formerly of military intelligence, also praised the 'quality and accuracy of intelligence' in Sylhet."That makes a huge difference'.
"The way Bangladesh is fighting terror speaks a lot about the country. They will do well in whatever they do," said Bhattacharya.
Agreed Colonel Soumitra Ray."Bangladesh Army has come a long way. They are mission-focused and task-oriented. Ops Twilight proved it."