In the wake of the government promising a huge sum of money to the slain martyr – NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrisnan, I’m proud(!) of the people who worked behind the scenes to make the donation a reality. The 5 lac rupees promised by the government is a huge relief to the family. The Major would do a billion dollar smile from the heaven above, upon the responsible kind hearted people!
What will a martyr’s family do with the money? Should it be considered a reimbursement worthy enough of a brave soldier’s life, or as a price of the lives saved by him in the gory battle? Should the family really care about the money?
I would like to bring here an interesting comparison, even as I try not condemn any action of the Govt. It is not very long ago since money and awards were showered upon another son of our motherland, for being a brave soldier in China and bringing back to the country, a Gold Medal from the Olympics. It is a laudable effort on the sportsman’s part and he deserves every paisa showered upon him, because he relied upon his father’s fortune for his practice and gaining the expertise.
What Mr. Abhinav Bhindra did, added a golden feather to the barren hat of Indian Sport. But what befell Major Sandeep, decreased a brave feather in the daring hat of Indian Defense.
Can the soldier endorse any brand, smile from the television or the posters and make the heart of his parents beam with joy? Show me a father who would be sending his son, without a second thought, to the defense of our Country, if his son becomes a butt of joke and ridicule for foul-mouthed politicos. I would dare to use unparliamentary language if not for the concern that my blog may become A-rated.
The point I wish to make is not about the money offered. If this is the respect and support offered by the Country’s rulers to one of its mighty warrior, to what extent will a person exercise his Will to join the armed forces? I feel that proper respect from all quarters was all that was required to pay a good homage to Major Sandeep. I brought up issues like money to illustrate the method which the politicians are using to cover up their nasty faces and stinking asses, when adverse times affect the nation at large! Those who went on firing at innocent people may be retards. But the people who are plundering the wealth, respect and integrity of the people from within are the ones we should be aware of.
I am sure every Indian will be proud to be the son/daughter of India. It won’t be a long time before which, the shame will overwhelm the pride because of being ruled over by a polity with such a mindset. (It is a different matter that many of us have experienced it already!)
I am anxious about the families of many such soldiers who have lost their lives in similar, or more dangerous battles. I hereby take the opportunity to offer my heart-felt condolences to the families of all the people who have laid down their lives for our country’s sake. I hope their souls will not be agitated because of the dirty, corrupt, and fit-for-almost-nothing people behind the scenes.
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