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Friday, July 11, 2008

Remembrance.........

Lt Sukumar died on December 16th, 2006; the 35th anniversary of Vijay Divas, India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. But strangely he didn't die in a war; he didn't die of a bullet in the chest from a ravaging army, he couldn't even see the face of the man who shot him. He got shot first in the shoulder and as he tried to balance himself he was shot again; this time on his hip and he fell on the ground, face down. Then he had one more shot on his back. He wasn't dead; he just lay there bleeding to his death, for 8 more hours.


Unlike what many people say and most of the world believes, he didn't have his entire life flash in front of his eyes, he didn't even see the faces of his parents, who brought him to the world. All he could see was his unfulfilled wishes. He saw the face of his unknown wife, two smiling kids happily hugging him when he got home one vacation.


He'd never gone to anyone's country and claim that it's his, he never went on a shooting spree on innocent civilians, even though he's an ace shooter himself. He came from an ordirnary family, with quite a normal lifestyle, only he had an extra ordirnary ambition; be an officer in the Indian Army. That was what drove him to be a sainik school student, and then go onto become an officer through NDA and IMA. He had cleared the NDA exam in his first attempt and being a Sainik School student he didn't have any trouble clearing the tough SSB interviews and tasks.

He then got into the NDA and spent the best period of his life. Even though at times the training got more and more rigorous, he always believed in the untold motto of any officer; "Anything that doesn't Kill you makes you STRONG". So he went onto the IMA and then joined the Famous GRENADIERS REGIMENT. After getting into this regiment he was put into service in Jammu & Kashmir for counter-insurgency operations, like many of his brethren.

It was during one such operation where he was on the hunt for 5 terrorists who'd taken over a house and were holding 3 people hostage, that he got killed. He was leading a group of 10 men and being a young soldier with hot blood in his body he went charging ahead, forgetting the dangers, that's when the shots came into his direction, leaving him wounded and halting his charge into the enemy's den.

He died December 16th, 2006, leaving behind lot of unfulfilled dreams and aspirations..................

13 comments:

nandu-legendinthemaking said...

Jai Jawan.....

Hari Shanker said...

Jai kisaan! :-)

But seriously, if that was a story, it looks incomplete... Nice prose and a great read, nevertheless! :-D

Hari Vishnu said...

their job is thankless, truly.. we must hand it over to those guys for their patriotism in playing with their lives for their nation..

Viajero said...

I would have believed it except for the google search to seek its validation :)

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Nandu - Surely JAI JAWAN!

@ Hari - I didn't actually want to make it a story, i just had this as a dream, but not in the way it is written, it was a bit different. If i wrote my dream, no one will be understanding anythin[:D], so had to compromise on the ending, coz i'd to wake up for duty :)

@ Hari Vishnu - Thankless, and now even less paying, thanks to the 6th Pay commission. Bollocks to the ministers who don't mind spending 71,000 Crores on farmer's subsidy, which is indirectly garnering votes, but can't sanction Rs 4000 Crore for the the Indian Soldier fighting untold miseries!

@ Viajero - It's a FICTIONAL story! But still thanks for making me feel good, that you felt it to be so real :)

Arun PK said...

makes me feel so useless.. all I do is arrange meetings with clientsand browse the net

@nuP said...

Inspiring...

Hari Shanker said...

@ abhi:
After all the comments, I read this post again, and again and again. Then I googled like Viajero. Finally I realized the truth...

The ever-neglected Indian soldier is here to stay... Lets hope the pay commission does NOT pay a deaf ear to the solitary jawaan!

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Hari and Viajero : WHAT exactly did u guys GOOGLE about? I repeat This is a FICTIONAL Story

Anonymous said...

may b fictional....but the realities r still stranger...

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Anon - Quite true!

Hari said...

@ abhi:
I just googled about the conditions of the Indian soldier... That's all! :-) I knew it was ficitonal, way back! :P

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Hari & others - Well googling won't tell u the facts. Not coz the govt hides facts, but being a proud person the Indian soldier never tells his agonies. All these years the soldiers were quiet coz the govt took good care of them, even now they are quiet under the assumption that the govt will come up with a good scheme with the 6th pay commission. But since they don't have an association of employees unlike the other govt offices, it's come to the level that the retired officers and jawan's staged a protest in Delhi to remind them that a category called Indian soldier is still serving the borders so that the Indians can sleep in peace and freedom.