Saturday, July 04, 2009

Reminiscing Kargil War after 10 years

-By Swetha Amit

July 4th may mark the Independence Day of the United States of America and a long weekend for both the Americans as well as the Indians residing there. However it gives us Indians here a reason to cheer as well with immense pride and gusto as this day embarks a moment of the mother of all battles. Conquering Tiger Hill was no piece of cake for our valiant soldiers as they fought with resilience and fervour at a position which was at a disadvantage.

Unfavourable weather conditions, surrounded by the enemy on all 3 sides and wounded severely, our Indian army indeed proved their grit and valour. July 4th 1999 indeed is a date that deserves to be imprinted in the history books and minds of every Indian as this war is the embodiment of the subcontinents' victory of the Kargil War.

While one holds their heads in pride on hearing of such escapades in the violent battle, it is sad to also realize that the army probably do not get their deserved due. Heroes are idol worshipped in many parts of the country for their stunts on screen, while the real ones off screen hardly get coverage. At times indifference is exhibited towards the same stating that it probably doesn’t affect people the way it ought to have. While a gay right is made a hue and cry about, shouldn’t such news also get their share of coverage?

We feel secure and safe in our cosy warm homes due to a section of individuals who sacrifice their lives for our country. It’s something that one takes for granted but sad that appreciation is found to be absent towards the same. Terrorism proves to be yet another thing altogether as one mentions security. However not so long ago, 26/11 again proves to be a moment of glory on hearing of how our NSG commandos fought the infiltrators with sheer courage. Yet it was an almost in ruins bus that they were escorted in while the stars of the glamour world are done so in the lap of luxurious cars.

Unfortunately the truth is stark and blatant raising pertinent questions in every patriotic person’s mind- Does the army get what it deserves? The answer probably lies in the reason where fewer individuals even consider joining the security forces.

In the meantime, it’s a moment to reminisce with great joy and pride as one says JAI HIND!!

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Blogger KParthasarathi said...

I have no greater tribute to the anonymous soldier protecting our frontiers than quote this poem.

"I don’t know how you do it
What keeps you in the game
How can you fight my battles
Don’t even know my name
Some people trash you brother
They have surrendered you
Without your contribution
Their bills are overdue.

Soldier, soldier save the day
Wish there was another way
Stand your ground and face the foe
You’re what makes the freedom flow

A great and thoughtful post,Sweta.Thanks

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Swetha!

An appropriate write-up from you. You have written it with logic and emotion well blended.

Thanks, and have a nice day.


10:12 PM  
Blogger A New Beginning said...

Very thought provoking and an amazing post bringing out the flavour of the struggle for independence!Keep up!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@KP:great poem!!

@Ayesha and New Beginning: Thanks a lot.:-)

10:44 PM  

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