Being a Soldier….

The night was freezing cold, the temperature sub-zero as the 20 men set out one fine evening on a confirmatory patrol in a rugged high-altitude terrain far away from their base, to check whether all was well along the border.

The group of 20, whose roots lay in 10 different states of the country from Punjab, Himachal, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand to Madhya Pradesh, but in their veins flowed only Indian blood. The braves for whom surnames, caste, creed or religion had no relevance; the only religion they believed in is soldiering.

The adversary had broken the trust and was trying to encroach in. They were 20 and the enemy far higher in numbers and well entrenched. But this did not deter the braves, led by their Commanding Officer, from carrying out the assigned task; the task of defending every inch of the mother land. It did not matter that the land they were defending was a cold desert far away from their home towns, where not even a blade of grass ever grew; the only thing which mattered was that the land was Indian and no outsider could be allowed to pollute it with their presence.

They tried all peaceful means to convince the enemy to move back but the adversary emboldened by their numerical superiority attacked like a pack of dogs. The brave twenty, heavily outnumbered and left with no options, fought back like tigers, the hand to hand combat went on for hours; the thought of making a cowardly retreat to save own life would not have even grazed a single mind . They fought till the last breath and embraced death living up to their motto ‘Nation First’.

This is what differentiates a soldier from a common man rather from ‘other uniformed men’ too. A soldier carries out his task with what he has, no strikes, no sloganeering no twitter wars. He lives in a real world and when the nation’s pride is at stake nothing, not even his family or the smiling face of his child can come in the way of his duty.

“Why cannot we not take a leaf out of the training books of the soldiers and teach it to the kids in school….

No caste, no creed, no religion or community….only humanity and Nation matters”

“As long as there are borders…

There will be wars…

And there will be selfless soldiers…

Who will place nation before self…..

Who will not hesitate a minute to take a life or shed their own blood for national Pride…

For they know….someone got to be loyal…

The soldiers will come and go…

The nation has to live on….

No politics … no rhetoric…

Just selfless action they believe in...”

PS : The article is purely based on imagination and on what one hears and believes.