Go to an Army station and you will be welcomed by many heroic quotes by the brave men who guards our frontiers. Never once have I not experienced a tinge of sadness and pain. The sacrifice that each of our soldiers, staying far away from their home and family cannot be compared with any other. For them the country comes first. Their call of duty comes first. Many have laid their lives for us, so that we can live in peace. Their courage and passion would make your chest swell in pride. Their indomitable spirit, determination and exceptional bravery while putting down the terrorists often leads to making the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
These are men of steel, standing tall in the harshest of conditions, whether it is the freezing cold temperatures in the Siachen Glaciers or the scorching heat, they are always present, remaining brave, awake and devoted towards us.
a. Capt. Vikram Batra
Captain Vikram Batra of 13 J&K Rifles also known as the hero of the Kargil war, had led one of the toughest war operations in Kashmir. He was also called Sher Shah , having been intercepted messages of the Pakistani army. His unit was sent to Kargil so as to recapture the Point 5140, a height of 17,000 feet which was of utmost importance to India. Soon after the success of his mission, he radioed his Commanding Officer to say,
“Yeh Dil Maange More..”
However, while saving a fellow soldier he was killed.
b. Capt. Harshan
Capt. Harshan from the Red Devil Unit of 2nd Battalion was killed in Kashmir while fighting with against Lashkar-e-Toiba militants. While leading a small team, he observed suspicious movement in Kaingur Nar MT-3245 and single-handedly killed two terrorists at point blank range. However, he had received gunshot on an encounter two weeks after the incident when the terrorists outnumbered him and his buddy. My senior from school and Dad’s favorite student, words fall short when I try to remember his cheerful face. The youngest recipient of Ashoka Chakra.
c. Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey
Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey of 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, led his men to capture the Jubar top during the Kargil War. Though he was hailed with bullets and was gravely injured, he killed the first two men in bunkers in hand combat. Three weeks later as part of Operation Vijay when he was asked to clear off the enemy positions, he was again injured by bullets firing on him, but only after killing four of the enemies. His last words were
“Don’t spare them..”
d. Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan from the NSG, was called in to battle the terrorists at the Taj, Mumbai on 26/11. He was the commander of the 51SAG and were engaged to rid the place of terrorists and rescue people kept as hostages. He survived two rounds of firing by the terrorists but was fearless even when he was losing his soldiers. He was selfless and went about with the sole aim of releasing the hostages. He was overpowered by the wounds of numerous bullets while fighting and engaging terrorists inside the Taj Palace during Operation Black Tornado. His last words were:
“Do not come up, I will handle them..”
e. Lt. Col. Niranjan Kumar
Lt. Col. Niranjan, the head of the elite NSG bomb squard, was assigned to a “mopping up procedure” on the encounter spot in the Air-base attack at Pathankot. He was fatally injured while defusing a live grenade from the body of a terrorist and was killed by grenade splinters and sharpnels. A dear friend, my husband’s course-mate, who spent years together with him as comrades-in-arms…. His mere thought chokes me up. I couldn’t stop my tears when I wrote about him. His last words were to his father:
“Dad! I am on an operation….”
I can go on and on.. and the list is unceasing. But, I’m down in the dumps. All I ask of you is to have all their families in your prayers.
I am Married to the Olive Green and I’m writing about the 26 things which I get to do/experience that you as a Civilian wife do not!
I hope you come back again tomorrow!
Meanwhile, here is an easy Chicken recipe from my Food Blog to try out!