Soldiers: Aren’t we?

Many among my readers must have noticed that writing poetry is dear to me and more often than not I come up with some of them on myriad topics. For poetry you need emotions as well as words to express those emotions. Whatever has happened in the late night of 15th of June, when we were taking our deep sleeps, in Laddakh must be known to all of us by now. 20 of our brave soldiers attained the Veer Gati or the Supreme Sacrifice, just to protect our mother land, so that we can enjoy freedom, we can enjoy slumber.

I wanted to write something for them, some poetry to express my gratitude to those who laid their life selflessly and those who are still fighting in inhuman conditions, of which we can’t even think of. I am unable to write anything. My emotions overpowers me. I am overwhelmed. Words are missing. No… No… I am not that emotional who cry on any petty issues, not that I pretend to be strong but it is somewhat natural to me to subsume pain and sufferings without much expressing them. But this incident has taken the better of me. I am unable to move out of the loss that we had suffered in terms of the life of our brave hearts. Though, I am not despondent. I know our soldiers fought bravely and the belligerent must have tasted how it feels to mess with us, however I must say that this is not the war on border only. We all need to fight the war and we all need to identify ourselves as soldiers.

One of the clamorous emerges after every scuffle with China is to boycott the Chinese Products, which also make huge sense to me. Each year we have a trade deficit of more than $50 billion dollars with China, this simply means we are gifting this amount to China each year. Sometime the number doesn’t reveal unless expanded.

$50 billion dollars= $50,000,000,000= 38,18,37,50,00,000.00 INR

This is just like sending money to the enemy so that they can be more prepared to attack us, kill us.

What can we do, we are too small a party?

Of course, Chinese items are cheaper, they may have more feature than other products or may have superior quality. But I along with my family members have decided that my freedom, sovereignty of the nation and the Pride of being a Bhartiya is not that cheap, I will try to fight in my limited capacity, but with full might that I will not use any product which is made in China. I along with one of the grass-root organization has decided that we will mobilize our locality and will set a bonfire on coming Sunday of large number of Chinese goods collected from each home in our vicinity. I appeal to you please don’t let subside this anger and resentment that you must have right now and if it is normal at your end then you seems to have already achieved the highest perfection of life that Moksha.

#MyTribute: MS Dhoni

छोटे शहर का छोरा
संसाधनों से भी थोड़ा
न सर पर किसी का हाथ
वह खुद ही अपने साथ

अनजान सफर, अनजान डगर
अनजान गली, अनजान नगर
चुनौतियों के सागर में कई उठते लहर
निश्चित लक्ष्य था सम्मुख मगर

सौम्य स्वभाव, है शांत चित्त
बाधाओं में न कभी विचलित
पाताल की गहराई झांकी उसने
नभ की ऊंचाई नापी उसने

रेल के झंडे को लहराता था
अब तिरंगा फहराता है
निराश हो चुके जीवन में भी
वह संघर्ष के दीप जलाता है

स्वप्न देखना न छोड़ो
वह इसी धुन में गा रहा है
देखो भाई देखो फिर से
माही मार रहा है

……अभय…..

Killed by Friends

When there is an election in the largest democracy of the world, everything else comes at standstill. We have witnessed a high intensity campaign by both the ruling as well as the opposition parties. Tomorrow is the day when results are to be declared. Irrespective of which party will form a government, I am happy that the country will now be able to shift its focus on many other important priorities pending before it. I am hoping that other important news will be able to find its place during prime time. One such news is the “reports pertains to gunning down of our own Mi 17 V5 Chopper in a friendly fight”.

Prelude:

On 14th of February 2019, Pakistan based terrorist outfit carried a barbaric attack on Indian Armed Force in Pulwama (Kashmir) which killed more than 40 soldiers. Indian Air Force retaliated by launching an Air Strike in terrorist launch pads by going deep into the territory of Pakistan. Situation became very tensed after that between the two nuclear armed nations and war was on the brink. Pakistan Air Force also crossed the LoC (Line of Control) and tried to attacked some military installations in Indian side. But that misadventure was thwarted by Indian Sukhoi and other warplanes. Then came the watershed event, when Abhinandan Vardhman, an IAF pilot, was shot down by Pakistani Planes when he was engaged in a dog fight with them. Everyone knows what followed after that. Abhinandan became the face of resilience and grit at the time of adversity. Whole nation became euphoric on his return to home and “I should not tell you this” became the catchphrase of the time.

But one heart wrenching event also occurred during that time. But it did not get as much attention as it desrved. One Mi17 helicopter of Indian Air Force, which was carrying military persons, got crashed in Budgaon (Kashmir) soon after it took off, killing all the 6 persons on board and one civilian also killed in the event. The crash time was same when many Paksitani Fighter Planes had infringed the Indian Air space and had targeted military installation. Due to the timing, speculation became rife that what led to the crash of the chopper. Has PAF shot it down? Were there any technical glitches in the chopper? Many other possible speculations were floating in the market.

But now nearly three months after the fatal event Committee of Inquiry (CoI) formed by IAF is about to submit its report on the reasons which led to the crash of the Mi17. As the news is now surfacing the reason for crash is very disturbing. As the claims goes, and its most likely to be true, it was not Pakistani jets which had shot down the chopper but Indian Air Defence System was responsible for this.

Credit: Google

Possible Reasons

It is believed that there were several procedural lapses in the event. As I have understood till now, mainly three procedural breaches are responsible. The first and most important was that the Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) System was switched off. Basically this system is transponder based device which communicates with the Radar and helps in identification of the craft. Since on 27th of February many Paksitani Jets has also entered the Indian Air space and that chopper was very near to the Base, hence it was mistakenly identified as the chopper of the adversary and hence it was shot down.

The other reason, according to one senior official of IAF was that the Air Traffic Controller directed the chopper to return back to the base as dog fight was going on mid air between the jets of the two nations, instead he could have directed the pilot to go to some safe locations instead.”

The last reason points to failure of the personnel who operated the Israeli made Spyder surface to air missile system, as he should have conclusively ascertained the identity of the chopper before launching the missile.

Conclusion

Whatever could be the reason, Indian Air Force lost six of its brave soldiers, along with one chopper, who sacrificed their life not by the hand of their adversaries but due to the mistake of their own compatriots. I am unable to comprehan I know that situation was very critical at that time, but an armed force which is considered very professional in their act and their officers are recruited by a very competitive and a tough screening process cannot afford to lose head during critical situations. I know I have not experienced that situation but since the feeling is very strong at this moment for all the six men hence I believe the culprit should be punished so that these events should not occur in future.

Transient World

An American tourist visited a sadhu.He was astonished to see the Muni’s room which was plain and simple. The only furniture was a mat and wooden pots.

Tourist :”With due respect, may I ask where’s your furniture and other household things?”

Muni: “Where is yours?”

Tourist : “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”

Muni: “So am I !’

Busting Myth..

Election time is going on and so are the battery of false claim and propaganda. Though it is in no one’s capacity to eradicate all the false stories or fake news from the social media, but it is important for the common people that if they find something fake, they should not circulate further, or if they can, even they should expose it as well

So, I was surfing Twitter and came across a bizarre Tweet from a very prominent leader from Indian National Congress. Generally I don’t care much about the claims of politicians especially during election time, but since it was associated with Bhagvada Gita, I found it as my duty to bust his false claim and propagation of myth.

So first kindly read his tweet, which was originally in Hindi, then followed by its translation.

In one of my previous post, I have requested you all to not only revere Gita for just being a Holy Book, but also read it. But I think the gentleman, of whose tweet I have embedded hasn’t also read it at ones. If he would have read Gita, he would not have misattributed it. He says that Gita appeals everyone to be Hindu!!!

I would love to ask him, that which Gita has he read, and even if he had read then certainly it was not spoken by Krishna.

The word “Hindu” has nowhere been mentioned in Bhagavad Gita. Gita is a book for whole humanity and its content is completely secular. But those who are of parochial mindset and try to make things equal even when it is not only to settle his political interest. They are doing a great damage to humanity. This misattribution could demarcate a line that only Hindus should read Gita as it is their book. Gita is a great service to humanity, those whoever has approached it with right intention, it never has disappointed them.

In fact if you will read all the Vedic Scripture, no where you will find mention of the word “Hindu” and hence no where it appeals people from other religion to become Hindu. Rather in one of the oldest book of the World, Rigveda, following verse can be found

“manur bhava janaya daivyam janam

Rigveda 10.53.6

Which means be the human and create divine beings (Not Hindu but Human)

Indian Election: Your View?

The World is going towards “Right”. Here right means Politically Right. Benjamin Netanyahu, along with his coalition partners, has secured majority in Israeli Parliament and will become the Prime Minister of the Jewish State for the fifth time. This term, in PM office, will make him the longest serving head of the state of Israel.

This incident of picking nationalist leader as head of the state is not an isolated event. Russia is ruled by hyper nationalist leader, Vladimir Putin. Sinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, has been elected by his citizens to lead the nation once again and he will be the longest serving Prime Minister of Japan if he completes his term.

India is also headed for Federal Election and first phase is scheduled from tomorrow. Media all over the world has termed current Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a Right Wing Nationalist leader, which incidentally shares the good rapport with all the three leaders, which I mentioned above.

Can we draw some parallel from all the elections and their outcomes, which has held recently in those countries? Is Narendra Modi slated to become the Prime Minister of India once again?

Or is it a too difficult call to predict the outcome of an election of a nation, which is so diverse in every realm be it social, regional, religious etc. Opinion Polls are giving majority to NDA and BJP is being predicted as Single Largest Party. But opinion polls in India are also subjected to various debates. At times, it turned out to be façade.

Anyway, the result will be declared on 23rd  of May and things will be crystal after that.  

But since I know that my fellow blogger belongs from different part of the nation, and some are even from abroad. So I would like to know their views about current election. Who is winning? What are the Surprises that we can expect? Who will be King Maker? What are the issues which will influence the mood of the Nation?

Be assured that by giving your opinion neither I nor others will label you as Bhakt or Congressi Chamchaa. As the one who will use either of these words, must fall on the other category. At a time when Media seems to be sold out, Independent Analysis by non Media person can help us to see clearer picture. So have your say!!!

Jai Hind!!!

A month since Valentine Day..

It’s been a month since world has celebrated Valentine Day. This day is to celebrate Love. But the same day proved to be a day of anguish and pain in India this time around. We lost 40+ soldiers in a dastardly act of terrorism in Pulawama, Kashmir. Whole nation was in deep sorrow as they should be. The government was under severe pressure to act against the perpetrators of the crime. Initially, they displayed remarkable patience and latter came up with an unprecedented airborne attack on terrorist’s hideouts even crossed the LOCs and went into main territory of Pakistan.

However, number of fatalities remained unknown in that Surgical Strike. Claims and counter claims from both sides of the borders resulted in a lot of confusion among general masses. Jingoism seemed to be the driver of the emotions on either side. Pakistan also tried to infringe the Indian Airspace by sending at least four F-16 fighter jets. According to Indian foreign ministry, we responded swiftly and prevented them from targeting the military installments in our side by sending our fighter jets. In this process, one of our MiG-21 Bison went down and its pilot named Abhinandan Varthman was intercepted by Pakistanis military. Indian side claimed that in the air skirmishes, Wing Commander also shot down one F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan, which is even hinted, if not substantiated, by the earlier claims of Pakistani Army’s spokesperson that they have shot down two Indian Fighter Jets but they shared the evidence of just one. So it’s believed that the second one was F-16 and no country would be in comfortable position when world would know that their 4th Generation Fighter plane was shot down by a second generation Soviet Era fighter Jet in a dog fight. 

The situation was deteriorating very fast and when war seemed imminent, a sane decision by Pakistani establishment to return the captured Wing Commander to India resulted in thawing in the war like situation. 

A month after the fateful Pulwama attack, I sat down to reflect the whole series of events. Who gained and who lost! I tried to recall the name of Martyrs,unfortunately, I recalled none. Only thing that I remembered is the numbers. More than 40 soldiers had lost their lives. These days, Emotions are reduced to numbers, no name, no identity, and no face. Do you remember the name of any martyr? Will this remembering even helps anyone? How many Count will you remember? For how many years you will remember? This is happening since 1990s. We remember Abhinandan, we all are proud of him, his valour and his composure in the enemy’s territory and in the mouth of death. But were the lives of other 40+ soldiers are not equal, not worth knowing! But who cares! World will go on as it’s going on.

Next year again the Valentine Day will be celebrated with great fervor except in few homes where they have lost their loved ones for forever! If I will clamor for a befitting response and a tactical short term war to teach lesson to the enemies of Humanity, I will be termed as War Monger, if I will condemn war and would request for peace, I will be termed as Libtards or Coward.

I am in a fix. Then I think I should go to the schools, to the offices, to the Temples, to the Malls and if possible then to the Funeral Pyres (whose flames must have been died down by now) of the Martyrs to ask them what prompted them to risk their life for me, to say them Thank You, that you sacrificed your today for my tomorrow! To say them I am Sorry! To say them, I couldn’t do any thing when cowards attacked you, to say them that I can’t do anything as I am just a bloody common man!!!