The Surgical operation has instigated a storm all over the world. All kind of reactions are being expressed by politicians, celebrities and leaders. Some raised a question mark on the integrity of army. The media, celebrities and players are more concerned about their profits and loss rather than sentiments & patriotism. When I got to know about the surgical operation, some where in my heart I felt it as a tribute to the 17 soldiers who had lost their lives in Uri attack, and their families. But when people showed their concern about games, entertainment and relationship between both counties. I felt a pain in my heart.
Every time when we see a soldier’s body wrapped in the tricolor, the quiet and composed wife and children, and the sorrowed eyes of parents, it evokes a feeling of helplessness. A soldier is a mammoth, who has is own charm & glory but fades away with time and he has to carry his own load. When a soldier dies, the loss is unbearable to family members and to the army that suffers setbacks who provide combat training and prepare them to serve the nation.
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Maybe as an army wife I haven’t contributed to nation directly but I too have given my 20 years to support my husband to carry out his duties towards nation without bothering personal and trivial issues. When I look back 25 years, as a 21-year-old young carefree girl turning in to responsible and mature lady who adopted new customs, traditions and family which were never part of her life. Social bonding is integral part of army life. Army brats easily adopt new place, new school, new friends and environment. I am proud of our kids that they are performing outstanding globally.
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Army life has its own ups and downs but they make you strong and confident. When my husband was posted in the field, silence carried more meaning than words. Communication was very difficult; their annual leaves were no less than a trip to abroad. Some time we had shown brave face in front of solder’s family while troops were positioned during Op Parakram and Op Vijay. We were instructed by officer’s in situation of war, evacuate soldier’s family first then leave in the last. We were posted in modified field where border was just 36km. My kids were just 7 years and one year of age. Unfortunately, I met with an accident in 2009 and felt miserable. Due to unavailability of vehicle, I was unable to visit hospital for physiotherapy on regular basis. Financially we could not afford taxi and personal car was used by my husband who was posted in a training establishment. These circumstances evoked my desire to become strong, self-dependent. My husband took voluntary retirement for higher studies. Now he is part of a world class business school and I am a professor in private university after completing MBA.
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I owe a lot to the army, my kids are very proud of being army brats. A visit to unit or officer’s mess brings cheer and excitement in them. It is very disheartening when a solider lose their life at LoC or in an attack like Uri. At the same time when leaders show concern and retaliate by action against the enemy it not only boosts the morale of troop but also to the family of the martyred soldiers as they feel valued. So my humble appeal to all the citizens of India is to support armed forces and our leader’s decision for country’s integrity and sovereignty.
First of all, let’s appreciate the efforts of our army in successfully striking terror surgically across the borders. Thanks to both mainline and social media, their brave deeds have got the coverage they deserve. Or have they? I mean do they deserve this much coverage? Should media, and people, be discussing such an incident at all?
According to NCRB reports, over two lakh people have been arrested in India for theft in 2015. That is two lakh times the police have been successful in doing their job. But we didn’t see media or people celebrating these brave acts. Why? Because the Police were only doing their job. And we cannot possibly afford to popularise such incidents. Every time a police person arrests someone, or a public servant helps someone, or a sweeper sweeps the road as he is supposed to do, it’s not news. News is when something new happens, or when it is affecting the society at a large. Now tell me, when we are being proud of surgical strikes, and media is celebrating it, does that mean army wasn’t doing their duty all this time? Are you telling me that our army was incompetent? Do you not doubt the sincerity of army by doing this?
A bit ‘off’ the nationalism
The case I am trying to bring up might seem a bit away from the nationalistic perspective prevalent now. However, I am no less patriotic than the army person at the border. Both of us have our roles to fulfil, and only when both of us contribute to our duties, shall we progress. In this quest, each one is equal in that respect and no one should be given extra salience in media for fulfilling their duties.
The army failed at Uri, that was news, I agree because that is one rare incident that thankfully doesn’t happen every now and then. But the way the ‘surgical attack’ is being covered as an act of avenging and a great sign of patriotism is unnecessary. For days it has been the most dominant story in the media. Sure, it should find a mention in the news but to what extent it should be discussed in the public forum is a question I would like to raise.
Is army a contradiction?
India is a democracy (Well, who am I kidding?). And within a democratically principled state, the army is a contradiction. Their rules, their hierarchy and the morale of being better than the rest, are core to army but contradictory to the essential beliefs of a democracy. Of course, we need an army. The world is not a Utopia yet. I have always considered Indian Army as a protector of democracy but from the outside. The protectors of democracy inside are our freedom of speech and the judiciary that guarantees it. We know very well, from Pakistan, how letting army inside the democracy works out.
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The Uri attack and the avenging special operation, have brought too much of army into the mainstream public forum. So much to the extent that ‘real’ Indians are the army personnel who laid down their lives. This is not at all helping either. When you bring army into the discussion, we are also discussing the prospects of war and threats to the nation. This creates a hysteria that might fire up unnecessary anti-societal elements in the society, activation of sleeper cells being the prime concern.
Further the fact that army is not morally bound to give information about its activities, for obvious reasons, is creating confusions and tensions in the society. If you read up random social media posts on the subject, you’d realise there is already a trend of labelling the ‘non-believers’ as anti-nationals. What no one understands is that except for the army, no one knows anything and no one is supposed to know anything. We are discussing, debating, arguing and fighting in absolute blindness.
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And this has been done by the media. The undue salience it has given to the issue is creating this havoc. Every news channel is screaming about the possibility of a war. No one wants to think about peace. The question is not about truth, it’s about national pride. And in this blind rat chase, what all are we compromising, what all are we overlooking, no one really knows.
Too much to ask?
I know, I am asking for too much when I say media’s perception setting should be more responsible. Issues of army should remain to army. They have no place in the public forum, except for information. However, things like AFSPA are being downplayed, when in fact, that should be brought to the limelight with the salience it deserves. Army’s attack at a terrorist Launchpad is a normal thing that they are supposed to do, however, certain things done under the name of AFSPA in Kashmir and North East are not things they are supposed to do. These things must be discussed and actions must be taken, because it’s affecting people directly.
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I know, I will come under the barrage for being anti-national, but hey, chill out a bit, think a lot and then give me a befitting reply in the comments.
After the Uri terror attack, every Indian was craving for the revenge and when Indian Army gave a befitting response to the terrorists and to its creator by a surgical operation. Every Indian is now proud of Indian Army. But, this is not the first time Indian Army has brought glory to our nation. Here is the list of 10 moments of pride.
1. September 29,2016 POK
On 29 September 2016, Director General of Military Operation disclosed that Indian Para Commandos have carried out a surgical strike 2–3 km inside Pakistan administered Kashmir crossing the Line of Control. As per the statement, the operation was started at 12:30 AM and ended at 4:30 AM. It was reported that nearly 5-8 terror launch pads were destroyed and the operation caused significant casualties including death of several militants and 2 Pakistani Rangers. However, ISP Rejected any kind of surgical strike inside Pakistani side of LOC It was a response to Uri attack.
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2. June 7, 2015 India – Myanmar Border
The surgical strike inside Myanmar was carried out by a crack team of about 70 commandos of the Indian Army who finished the operation within 40 minutes, leaving 38 Naga insurgents dead and seven injured. The teams trekked through the thick jungles for at least five kilometers before they reached the training camps. The actual operation (hitting the camp and destroying it) took about 40 minutes. Not only did the commandos kill those present at the camps in gun fight, during which rocket launchers were also used, one of the camp was also set on fire. It was a response to Manipur Militant attack.
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3. Operation Black Tornado, Mumbai 2008
The National Security Guard (NSG) commandos conducted an operation “ Black Tornado” when terrorists attacked eight places in Mumbai. The operation ran for a long period of time starting from Nariman point it ended to Taj Mahal Hotel killing 9 of the 10 terrorists. This was the toughest operation of Indian Armed forces. So impressed were the armies around the world, that 25 nations sent their soldiers to India to learn the tactics used by the Indian Army.
It was the response to Mumbai attack
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4. Operation Vijay, Kargil 1999
The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil District of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line Of Control (LOC). In India, the conflict is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector. The cause of the war was the infiltration of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the LOC,which serves as the de facto border between the two states.This operation was a great success for Indian Army, later with the help of Indian Air Force it recaptured all its positions.
It was the response to the infiltrations of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri Militants.
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5. Operation Parakram 2001-02
Operation Parakram was initiated involving close to 500,000 troops mobilized at the Pakistani border in preparation for an all-out war, the biggest troop mobilization in India since the 1971 War. Parallel to it, India put forward its demands for Pakistan to shut down all its support to the Kashmir Insurgency and handover 20 terrorists that India believed were living in Pakistan. In response, Pakistan mobilized its own troops. Armies of two countries stood against each other, on the brink of a major war. In fact, now the two neighbours came closer to a full-scale war than they had come to during the Kargil Conflict, when New Delhi had decided not to cross border into Pakistan. It was the response to the attack on Parliament.
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6. Operation Cactus, Maldives 1988
The operation started on the night of 3 November 1988, when President Gayoom requested assistance from India, and the operation began when the Indian Air Force landed with soldiers of the parachute regiment at the Male Airport. The control of the capital was restored within hours. The mercenaries tried to flee on captured boats but were intercepted by Indian Navy frigates. It was an attempt by the rebels from Maldives along with People’s Liberation Of Tamil Elam.(LTTE) It was a help to Maldives
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7. Operation Pawan, 1987
It was an operation by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to take control of Jaffna from the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Elam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers, in late 1987 to enforce the disarmament of the LTTE as a part of the Indo- Sri Lanka Accord. In brutal fighting lasting about three weeks, the IPKF took control of the Jaffna Peninsula from the LTTE, something that the Sri Lankan Army had tried but failed to do mainly due to Indian political interventions. Supported by Indian Army tanks, helicopter gunships and heavy artillery, the IPKF routed the LTTE at the cost of 214 soldiers.
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8. Operation Meghdoot, 1984
It was the code-name for the Indian Armed Forces operation to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Jammu and Kashmir State of India, precipitating the Siachen Conflict. Launched on 13 April 1984, this military operation was unique as the first assault launched in the world’s highest battlefield. The military action resulted in Indian troops gaining control of the entire Siachen Glacier.
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9. Indo-Pakistani War, 1965
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was a culmination of skirmishes that took place between April 1965 and September 1965 between Pakistan and India. The conflict began following Pakistan’s Operation Gibraltar, which was designed to infiltrate forces into Jammu and Kashmir to precipitate an insurgency against Indian rule. India retaliated by launching a full-scale military attack on West Pakistan The seventeen-day war caused thousands of casualties on both sides and witnessed the largest engagement of armoured vehicles and the largest tank battle since World War II.
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10. First Kashmir War, 1947
This was the first time when Indian and Pakistani armies entered the war.The maharaja of Kashmir lost control over western parts of Kashmir. After the war, the fronts solidified gradually, what came to be known as the Line of Control. A formal cease-fire was declared at 23:59 on the night of 1 January 1949.The result of the war was inconclusive, however, most neutral assessments, agree that India was the victor of the war as it was able to succesfully defend about two-third of the Kashmir including Kashmir valley,Jammu and Ladakh.