Kargil: The forgotten heroes of a forgotten war

Captain Vikram Batra, Major Saravanan, Sqn. Ldr Ajay Ahuja, Captain Kieshing Nongrum, Lt. Saurabh Kalia, Lt. Col. Vishwanathan, Sepoy Lal Singh, Sepoy Rakesh Kumar, Sepoy Rakesh Kumar, Sepoy Raswinder Singh, Sepoy Bir Singh to name a few…

Do these names ring a bell? These were the brave hearts who fended off evil Pakistani army goons who had infiltrated our side of LoC in the guise of mujahideen. Ten years after India fought the most televised battle in the history of warfare in the subcontinent, Indians seemed to have moved on. Sans a passing remark, there was absolutely no mention of the heroics of our brave men who fought against impossible odds to keep the Indian flag from fluttering atop the peaks of Kargil, Batalik, Drass and Siachen in the Indian media. July 5 marked the 10th anniversary of the recapture of Tiger Hills. Ten years ago we all had celebrated the capture of this peak since it nailed home the truth that Indian Army had won the war against Pakistan.

It is such a shame that many among us remember September 11 every year and feel sad for the folks who lost their lives there. Nothing wrong with this except that don’t our heroes deserve better? Did those youngsters who had brilliant lives to look forward to die in vain? Isn’t it an insult to their memory that the average Indian does not even remember as to what happened at Tiger hill?

Sans CNN IBN, no other channel worth its salt has given any airtime to the memory of these martyrs. There were no tributes to them on various blogging sites also.

This blogger salutes the memory of these and other warriors who have fought and are fighting the evil barbarians lurking on our borders.

This post is in memory of those who laid down their lives for our country in Kargil…hope the nation wakes up from its slumber and gives these heroes their due.

Today, lets pause for a moment and remember them...

Jai Hind.

Comments

arun said…
Great! hats off to those brave men.
its a shame that we(including me) have not acknowledged this selfless favour.

great Post.
Apple said…
If we had anything else but budget on tv...maybe people would have remembered these heros..but..i dont care....
i am DEFINITELY stopping with you and saluting them..
remembering them...
Maybe because you and i know how it feels...
Prayukth said…
Yeah Arun... we should ensure that these folks are not confined to the pages of history and that an entire generation grows up reading about them...over the next few weeks i intend to write posts on them....

Appy, we do feel..we do..these bravehearts do deserve better...much better..
alok said…
them darn guys were real son of the soil...some were married n had kids.Vikram sir Arun sir n n thapar sir had girls they really loved.Din think 2wice about em be4 givin up everything. May u rest in heaven 4 thats wot a martyr deserves.Salute 2 u
Prayukth said…
I agree Alok...blessed are countires where such sons are born...

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