Monday, 12 August 2013

Does Indian Army meant to die??

Kaun yaad rakhta hai siyah waqt ke saathyion ko kabhi;
Log to subah hotey hi chirag bujha dete hain 

It may have been restrained as a generic ‘sher’ but right now, seems suitable for the Indian army  (or even police personnel) who do their duty, so that the mighty political class of this country especially can sleep in peace (the common man is not important, of course).  

If we have faith in a certain Mr Bhim Singh, who happens to be Bihar's rural works and Panchayati Raj minister, jawans of the Indian army, who die at the border fighting the enemy, are meant to die that way. So that certain people like Mr Singh can sleep in peace.

What’s such a big deal about the demise of jawans at LOC, it’s the call of their profession, isn’t it, Mr Bhim Singh? A professional peril, as you suggested, Mr Singh?

They are just doing their job that they are paid for, just as doctors are meant to treat patients, lawyers are meant to fight cases, and salesmen are supposed to sell, isn’t it, Mr Singh?

What about politicians? And especially the obnoxious ones, Mr Singh? What is their job, have you ever wondered?

“People join army or police for sahadat (martyrdom),” — this is what you had said when the bodies of four soldiers of the Bihar Regiment killed by Pakistan army in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on August 6, arrived in Patna, in response to a question on why JD (U) ministers were not present to receive the bodies.

And you had added a couple of more nasty statements to display your cruel and awful attitude towards jawans.

India’s politicians are some of the most despicable people ever born and the misfortune of the country is that the voters, who go out to vote in the hope of electing a new, different political representative every time, don’t really have a choice.

And so, we’ve people like Bhim Singh representing us from almost every part of the country.

Bhim Singh is not a solitary instance of irresponsible public servants wondering aloud the despicable thoughts they anchorage for the common people they are meant to ‘serve’. Neither is his insolence an exception.

Political class, generally, reserves only gross scorn for the common Indian, evident in the way they exploit the country’s resources only for their own personal benefit.

And more ‘chhut bhaiyya’ the politician, the worse is the effrontery. That’s a term in the Hindi belt reserved for the small-time political lackey who hangs around the bigger stalwarts but sports insolence fit for a king.

Where does this insolence topped with a sense of invincibility come from?

Possibly, from the statistic that these guys have cumulative so much wealth and power that they know they can buy anything, including immunity against downright disregard of those who keep peace at the borders to ensure that the rest of the country can go about its job in safety.

How would they know? After all, they are well-protected with an overwhelming percentage of our police force on VIP duty.

And we are not even getting into the lethargy shown by the central government over and again on the killing of our policemen and para-military personnel on the border and in insurgency-hit areas within the country. Remember April 2010 when 75 CRPF men were killed in the deadliest Maoist attack in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh?

I also have a objection against those activists, who have the power of vocal chords and platforms to be heard for not raising any voice against this lethargy, especially against our army. They always have many opinions on several other issues, including human rights of the people who are convicted criminals.

The obnoxious attitude towards our army is just not in order. A career in the armed forces does not hold charm for most young Indians like it used to earlier – as of late last year, there was a shortfall of nearly 10,000 officers in the army alone – but at least, we can show respect for people who ensure that we go about our daily lives in peace.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was instant in getting Bhim Singh to ask for forgiveness for his effrontery, and even the opposition has bayed for his blood since then, but I want to hand you a gun, Mr Singh, and send you to the border for an indefinite period. You will then learn what it is to do a job fairly. And to admiration those who do theirs, even when faced with death.

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