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DEATH OF KASHMIR

Time now has come to let go of Kashmir or whatever is left of it. I say this with a heavy heart because my blood boils at every drop which falls. I also express my heartfelt condolences to all those associated to Lt Fayaz. I too get associated with him being an Ex-NDA. Above all he too adorned the Olive Greens of which I am as proud still even after having hung my uniform ten years back.

I go back to my piping ceremony after I had taken oath to serve the mother land by land, sea or air, where my Mom and Dad’s joy knew no bounds that their son is now part of a different clan. The glisten in their eyes, the tears which rolled down my mother’s cheeks, the hug which my Dad and brother gave as if to say, now we have given you to India, fare well, and keep the honour of our family and this country supreme always and every time. We brought you thus far and now pave your own way forward. The burden of that one pip on my shoulder was really heavy but a dream come true. I am sure all of us who have stepped across “ANTIM PAG” (final step)would relate to what I say. Imagine all dreams of the parents of Fayaz got shattered, all dreams of this young man crushed, never to be fulfilled again. 2nd RAJ RIF lost a future leader who was about to start his journey. Sad indeed!

I can imagine what tough life this young officer would have had. I can imagine what his parents and family would have gone through to make him an officer. I can also conjecture that this would have been their greatest fear that how the anti India elements will treat their son when they come to know that he has joined the Indian Army. How his parents must be shivering at the thought of any harm coming to him. The harm came and today he sleeps in peace. Fayaz was about to embark on journey but was shot in cold blood by these barbarians. The murderers achieved their aim. However, now the Army has to achieve aim plus. Firstly, they must find his killers and eliminate them at the earliest. Secondly, to look after the bereaved family the way the forces look after any martyrs family. Thirdly, motivate at least 100 more people of his village and surrounding areas to become officers of the forces so as to give a shut up call to these HIZB dastards. Fourthly, give all armed forces personnel proceeding on leave adequate protection from the evil hands of terrorists. It may have an additional burden on the battalion deployed nearby; well it now should be part of the SOP. Fifthly, to get the intelligence network going to find out all overt and covert supporters of these monkeys and eliminate them as also instill fear of God in them so that they dare not try anything like this again. Lastly, get hold of the parents these cowards & their supporters and keep them under pressure to surrender.

I saw and experienced firsthand the people of Kashmir just after elections of 1996. I think the mentality has not changed much since. Hatred for the armed forces did exist then but they feared the army gun. The hatred continues today also, however fear of the gun has gone as CAPFs and police have weapons but cannot and do not fire. Kashmiri’s fear militants as they not only fire but take their women to bed at will by pointing their weapons. Kashmiri’s now pelt stones as weapons and shield terrorists besides hampering military operations. Do we draw a lesson from this? Covert recruitment and brainwashing of young minds was being done then & it still continues. Common Kashmiri feared death by the security forces of their kin who had joined militancy or had gone across for training. Today, recruitment is done openly thanks to the political mis-governance over the decades. Size of population has increased so rapidly that the parents find it as an alternative to employment as they get food for the family. It has been proved that they get paid for both stone pelting and being a militant or a militant supporter. Only thing that has not changed is the ineffective politicians of Kashmir who have only done Haqumat on Riasat-e-Kashmir. They just want funds in whichever way and yet never had a concrete solution for Kashmir.

If you take a Kashmiri in private, he will talk to you like a parrot and if you talk to him in public he would act dumb as a dumbo. He may not even recognise you. You call a Kashmiri to your post he will get half the village along in tow. Out of which half would be chest beating women as if the heavens have fallen on earth. You go to a village, kids will line up as you are the toffee uncle. They will peep trough every balcony, follow your patrol like a shadow, and take you to the maulvi’s house or the village headman’s house. Moment you halt and speak to one, they all will just evaporate.

I remember very vividly that a suspect was picked up by my battalion and was taken for interrogation. My company being the closest was sent to cordon and search, especially his specific house. On reaching the house, it happened to be one of my informers house. This person was really innovative to earn money and toiled like hell. He worked on the local hydel project 15 kms from his village. He ran a tea shop on the hydel road. He ran a vegetable shop in his village. The vegetables used to come from Srinagar by the local bus and dropped at his tea shop in Kangan as it became an unofficial bus stop. From there he used to lug it on his back. Even my post used to get home delivered boxes of tomatoes. People around had turned purple with jealousy from this guy and his family. His son in law and daughter used to run a tailor shop in the village. Wife ran poultry and a dairy. He used to take leave and go into the walnut jungles to get “Guchhi” a kind of very costly rare variety of mushroom. To fix this man people connived and got his son in law arrested for possessing a weapon. They almost shattered that hard working family on behest of an influential Gujjar politician in that area.

I drifted into nostalgia once again. The militants and their ilk cannot stand people who are well settled and have jobs. Fayaz I have no words to express my grief brother and I feel sorry for the politicians of Kashmir as none of them have uttered a word for you. People perhaps could not attend your funeral as they would be taken as supporting the Army, never mind. The Hurriyat has gone underground as they don’t care for Kashmir anymore. At this rate death of Kashmir is eminent so India it is high time we part ways with them. Jamhuriat never came into being, Kashmiriat is non-existent, Insaniyat is too big a word for the Kashmiri people to understand, so let them take azadi and go to hell for all I care. They are not worth it. Every drop of blood fallen on Kashmiri soil of any Indian will pinch and hurt me and we can no longer bear loss of our colleagues falling to militant bullets. PM Sahib let them go. Let them become “gulam’s” (slaves) once more. Within one year they will ask for azadi from the other side too. We should let Kashmir die or should we continue to live with the rot, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

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THE LAW KEEPERS AND THE SOLDIER

I was a little taken aback by the supreme courts orders of lodging an FIR for every encounter. Then in the same breath I would like to submit that from the lodging of FIR to the final disposal of case in which ever court, everything should be there at site. The accused, the witnesses, the judge, jury, police, injured, dead, villagers etc everyone would be available first hand. Let us be time bound and finish the “siapa”. No delays, no botching up, no tampering with the evidence. The soldier will get the well needed break from his tense and hectic job. At least food will be available in time; he will be able to sleep with his weapon un-cocked. He will be able to open his boots for a few hours extra. In the interim the judge Saab should be put as a sentry till the case is decided, in the same bunker, with the same equipment, and same shift schedule. Next day morning he should be in the ROP, evening back to the same bunker, and by the time he decides to write the judgement he should be put through the paces of cordon and search operations if not hot pursuit.

Judge saab being “Me lord” cannot break the rules so I do not know how will he fire, if he has to fire. The post commander should brief him on the rules of engagement. The guard commander should tell him what is he guarding and why. If he sees militants approaching he should ask them to identify themselves. If they say they are militants, then he at once must inform the post commander on telephone or wireless that we have just received a few guests at the gate who say they are militants, would you please come and receive them. I am sure judge Saab will have a policewala in tow there for his protection, so the presence of police in case of an encounter will be taken care of. Once those suspects show their papers and prove who they are, they should be allowed in the army camp by the judge Saab. Mind you they should be told not to take the sharp left road as it goes to the ammunition dump, the right one goes to the fuel dump, the straight one goes to the barracks and as per today’s parade state there are 43 soldiers in. Yes the langar is on the left of the barracks. Hot chai and pakoras will be made available. Post commander is on leave and don’t walk everywhere, as we just have finished our “geru-choona” for commanders visit at 9 am sharp.

I cannot help being sarcastic even though I may be booked for misrepresenting facts and making a mockery of the judgement by the “Honourable Judges”. Over all, my dear judge Saab, military operations are not court room debates and dramas. Here no durban calls “so and so militant hazir ho”. Here he has a gun, he fires and he kills you. He wears no uniform to be identified with. He merges with the civil population. He follows no rules of engagement. He never carries weapons openly. So when it comes to that crucial moment, then choice is yours either to fly the tri colour on top of your post, or be draped in one.

If we go lodging FIRs after every incident then I would suggest you people are better judges of situations, you can understand who is right or wrong by experience itself. I also was wondering that who will stand witness for this soldier at the sentry post. You won’t believe the army stating they are birds of the same feather. The civilian in case injured or killed, will be able to gather three more villages as witnesses as they are already against security deployment. Then you have your eyes tied with the cloth, how will you see which side the balance is tilting. How will you know that they have not put stones on one side of the balance? They might have used the same for pelting and now to tilt the scales to their advantage. Ammunition will not allowed, or else we would win hands down.

That moment to decide whether to pull a trigger or not comes with a lot of training and ground experience Judge Saab. I beg your pardon you have none of either. The soldier is the first one to bear the brunt of any militant assault, the first line of defences generally takes the maximum brunt and the first fifteen minutes are most crucial. Thereafter, it is a cat and mouse game, one who has patience, practice, training, firepower, numbers, sustainability and determination wins. Will all these be quantifiable in judicial terms? Will the guile, tactics, manoeuvrability, thoughts to save collateral damage, saving of innocent lives, saving maximum property, using minimum force, in fact the thought of even keeping the militant alive to get more information through interrogation be factored in the judgement? Will the soldier’s human rights be kept first then of the militants or their supporters even if they are stone pelters? If the soldier gets martyred or injured will the person who did it be punished in the same manner you are going to try the soldier? Will you be able to pin point that civilians who instigates and hinder security operations, including women?

I feel that we are moving towards a time, when the soldier will refuse to even obey the command of “fire”. A soldier is given a gun to kill the enemy of the nation, internal or external. Let him not be there then, deal with civilians with the local police. If you give him a gun, he has to be protected in case he fires. He needs to be protected in good faith even if there is a death of an innocent inadvertently. No one does it on purpose. Overall judge sahib, I want you to pass a judgement where you hold the local politicians responsible for not controlling their own crowds. I want you to try all those who even if they are in power that have supported, abetted or colluded with militants and terrorist or the independence seekers. You sort them out; we are capable of looking after ourselves. If you people are now going to dictate to us how, when, at whom, for how long, with what weapon and the type of ammunition to fire. It doesn’t go down this veteran’s gullet at least! Servicemen will never speak, but I shall voice my soldier’s concern.

Most of us may have heard the story of a “chocolate cream soldier” in Arms and the man by George Bernard Shaw. We shall be at the brink of that if FIRs are going to be in vogue for operations in the thick of militancy and separatist prone areas. I will leave it if it is to be just the “first information report”. If it goes beyond that then we might have mutiny Judge Saab, where a soldier turns around and says sorry you may please lodge an FIR first. Let Judge Saab decide what the right course of action is for me, so that when an inquiry or trial is conducted the soldier is judicially protected for taking correct action at the appropriate time in any given situation. Suna tha kanoon andha hota hai, ab behara bhi ho gaya hai shayad par bolne ziada lag gaya hai,(I heard that law is blind but now it is turned deaf  and speaks too much). Will “Me Lord” Listen? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

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DECISION OR INDECISION

One more Paki attack, another assault at our sovereignty, more bodies mutilated, a few more widows, more humiliation, pressure by politicians and peaceniks to show restraint till it is right time to resume talks, some pause before retaliation, some more salutes to the martyrs, some more friends draped in the Tri colour consigned to flames, some more media coverage, only kari ninda,  hectic parleys behind closed door in Delhi,  party spokespersons on  TV channels with verbal diarrhoea, more frustration for the Commanding Officers who may have been sacked by now, just some more of the usual stuff as we are now used to it in India.

I am not sure if the PMs agenda is sab ka saath. I find there is hardly any saath with the armed forces. Sir, what wrong have they done if I they have chosen the profession of arms? People can be safe in their beds every night, read stories to their children even if they come back late. But all those who sleep in their beds because of us including you, do not treat us the way we should be treated and looked after. We obey orders, right or wrong we don’t question. We charge at the enemy with full consciousness that these could be the last few moments we are breathing without a second thought. We forget we too have families. We keep the nation first. Even if wounded, we ensure that our comrades’ reach to safety before it is too late. We carry our dead and wounded out of battle at the peril of our lives knowing that risking our lives for a fallen comrade may lead to death. That is the spirit we function with. Where is this spirit in the political and bureaucratic circuit? We feel betrayed when we don’t find your saath. Is it because we are not your vote banks?

Decision now is delayed from your side Mr PM, if you want vikas then two things we need to sort out straight away, one is Pakistan and the second is Kashmir. Vikas of this country is directly proportional to the strength you give to the armed forces. The way you develop and nurture your armed forces will pay you dividends. I am not making this up, you may see the world history and realise that the more powerful you are militarily the more people respect you across the world. Our senior generals have been crying hoarse to change gears. Too long the vehicle has been idling in neutral. First of all let us have a Defence Minister who understands D of defence. I would rather say have a person who may not know politics at all. If people without defence qualification can look after defence or finance then I have no doubts that a person with a defence background will definitely do a better job. Just get your finance minister on his toes to allocate what is needed for the forces.

We are just past the half way mark of this government’s tenure. I am sure there would be someone keeping a count of the body bags vs infiltration bids foiled vs cease fire violations done by Pak in this period. I am not counting the violence and this latest spate of separatism in the valley. Mr PM let me be frank, if there has to be an all out war or even a localised action with Pakistan, give the orders now. My apprehension is that you may delay this decision till as late as you’re campaigning to start for the next elections. I can assure you I will not vote for you if my prediction is true. You scored enough points in the UP elections on the surgical strikes; I feel it is unfair to gather public sentiment to win elections firing form our shoulders. Let me in the same breadth tell you, because you had unflinching faith in the armed forces to deliver during surgical strike you got the guts to give a decision to let us go. Remember, we are reliable and respectable people. We don’t do politics on the lives of our men. We do what we say and say what we mean. We don’t ask for votes, we don’t want cheap popularity, we just want decisions. We want your backing; we want your support to sort this menace called Pak. Kashmir being purely political, we leave it to you and your ilk.

The hurt caused by the wounds given by the enemy heal in due time, though some scars are left to remind us of the duel we fought. The scars caused due to indecisions from the head of “our own family” are far more hurting. India has paid a heavy price till date for indecision of various governments and needs to recover every inch of ground lost and every paisa that we have wasted in this proxy war. The cost of war has to be borne by us. We have already paid too much interest over the years; time now is ripe to settle the “principal” once for all. Few militants gave our MPs run for their money when they attacked parliament. They sent complete forces to the borders for one year just to count the sand dunes it seems. Kargil happened and we had to win what was ours back at such a heavy cost. We pardoned them in 1971 & 1965. Enough is enough. Let take back what is ours in 2017 as was decided in 1947. It is now or never. Armed forces are ready but are the dhoti and tie walas ready?

I am not a war monger but my heart aches form everyday news of my comrades falling in the line of duty. I as a veteran today have a feeling that if the indecision to act against the enemy keeps prolonging, frustration within the forces will reach its peak, tolerance levels of the forces will go down. Consequences will be that there could be fewer people joining the forces. There would be more martyrs than the living to be saluted. The rogue will keep showing us a thumb every day and we will keep taking it lying down. This may also lead to a collapse of a well oiled, obedient, disciplined, uncomplaining, professional, fearless team of dauntless men and women of the Armed Forces.

If the relationship of the forces and the government has to continue like this then there is a famous quote stating “We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.” Will you prove me wrong Mr PM, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

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INDIA AS I SEE IT

It is high time for us to think of India, for India, by Indians otherwise we are heading towards disaster. All our make in India will be break in India. People in Hawai Chappals, will sit on Daryai Ghoras and never see the real Hawai jahaz. The political party in power has its agenda clear to win all elections, fine, I have no issues. But what I perceive as a common Indian citizen that the highest political machinery is busy in party promotion agenda like in Delhi and Mumbai municipal elections. The focus on India seems to be getting blurred in the bargain. This is where I am going to draw your attention today.

We are a vast nation is an idiotic statement to make. We have numerous problems is also foolish to say. We have diverse culture, languages, dialects, weathers; terrain is an understatement to make. We have porous boundaries with many nations and a few of them are hostile is an obvious fact. We have Terrorism, Insurgency, Naxalism, and Maoism besides “goondagardi” across the length and breadth of this country. Then we have so many castes and tribes scheduled or unscheduled is a different issue altogether. Unscheduled are those who after taking benefits and privileges’ in one generation misuse the reservation policy for their sons and daughters of subsequent generations, thanks to our reservations policy. Our major part of the country is affected by floods every year the rest with drought. Our agricultural sector is in a mess, our education system ranges from Madarsa’s, to ved-vidyalas, to convents, to Government schools, to International Schools.

Our elected representatives are history sheeters (so what charges have not been proved) and many are illiterate so to say. We employ lawyers for finance, engineers for defence, aviators for power, uneducated for HRD, what an irony. We suffer from fraud, bribe, donations, trickery, adulteration, as a national disease. Corruption flows in our blood and is part of our DNA. We bribe Gods, offerings are offered as “conditions apply”. We have interstate problems. We have gender related problems. Our population ratio is skewed. We are short of power. We have poverty and unemployment only as an election issue and part of every manifesto. We built infrastructure with no aim. We copy many policies which failed in other countries. We have a shortage of security force but no shortage of population. We lack a national security doctrine. We do not have a defence minister on paper. The one we had evaporated overnight. We are a land of sadhu’s and saints. We have everything but nothing with us. We can’t even win medals in sports, unless it is a Bak-Bak competition.

There is also one strata of population who go for shopping of their undergarments to Europe. They drink Jamaican Rum only in Jamaica. They get disturbed if they see a beggar touching their car. “Dirty ho jata hai”. We have NGOs and individuals donating millions in charity. We have religious institutions earning in millions & feeding millions. We are basically a concoction of only one of its kind of society. The beauty is that we still remain India. India still has not collapsed under its weight of problems. We fight with each other; we fight with our neighbours, within our states and within countries but desire peace and tranquillity. We appear unified, but are split into splinters of caste, creed, religion, region, gender. Democracy is not allowed to function, constitution is made a mockery of by states like J&K. Judiciary is overburdened that they now tell us what to eat, what to wear, what to see, what to talk. Soon we shall find bedroom rules too. Media has gone berserk covering, debating and discussing everything which shows our country in bad light without them realising how much disservice they are doing to this nation by washing dirty linen in public. Media has gone international; in fact, one shot on the mobile is as good as a whisper to spread a hearsay or rumour.

We have religious fanaticism, from protection of cows, to religious conversions, to fatwa’s for all and sundry. We want to be modern and progressive in outlook, but traditional and conservative in practice. We want to bring people to invest and make in India, but do not want to cut down the red tape. We want foreign collaborations but want to control the stakes and distribution of profits. We want to safeguard our policies, our systems and money at our terms and conditions. We have been just pussy footing while dealing with our enemies both internal and external recently. We oppose policies because we as a political entity are in opposition; we only know how to pick faults everywhere. We won’t suggest improvements. Politicians do not want to control the bureaucrats, fearing their strong lobby. We lack political accountability. Basically we are a nation of chalta hai kinds. We think of too many consequences. We delay in taking decisions. We are more interested in what the other chap is not doing. We are basically Hippocrates of kinds. We are not true to ourselves and our Gods, then how can we be true children of India.

We dream of an ideal nation, “sone ki chirya” (Golden Bird). We dream of housing for all. We dream of education for all. We dream of justice for all. We dream of security for all. We dream of food for all. We dream of transport for all. We dream of monetary stability for all. We dream of jobs for all. We dream of water and electricity for all. We dream of no war with anyone. We dream of health for all. We dream of welfare of all. We dream of everything which is required to live as an ideal society and a nation. But we want a third party or a miracle to do the dirty work to achieve the aims. Our national fabric is weak. We can’t stand for our national anthem; we don’t want to sing our national song; we don’t want one constitution, we don’t want uniform civil code for all, we are a big drastically divided family, where everyone is on his own, doing what one feels like at his own convenience, fighting with everyone if the comfort levels are broken, cursing all and sundry, and still surviving as a nation. My dear “Deshvasio”, till when can we continue polluting our hearts, minds & soul of this country, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

DEAD MEN NEVER SPEAK

I am deeply saddened and hurt by this barbarous killing of our CRPF jawans. I shall not dwell on what went wrong and who is responsible for it. Media has got enough knowledge and expertise at their hands to feed the country with minute to minute detail now. Like in movies if action doesn’t sell, then tragedy does, so they land up covering the funeral ceremonies and heart breaking interviews of parents, wives and saluting children. We demand it and they show it, but do we learn our lessons? Do we put things in order? Do we respond appropriately after any such incident? Do we put fear of God in those dastards? If we put in or sincere efforts we can drastically reduce the body count for sure. Do we want dead men or do we want men alive to eliminate such kinds of menace? Do we want chest beating wives and silent tears of parents? Or do we want only academic debates, “kari ninda”, promise of strong action, review of everything related to security. If pressurised, resign and go to the animal husbandry portfolio. Let us decide.

I was reluctant to write on this issue but I got shaken up when a Chief Minister and his cavalcade zipped passed the remains of the martyr. For me this man in a wooden box should have been the VIP. Had I been a CM, I would have definitely asked, why this hearse is moving at this odd time. I would have been canny enough to note that it is a forces vehicle. I would have understood straight away why this vehicle is laden with flowers and people in ceremonial dress are accompanying it. Even if had to hurry, I would have alighted, saluted the coffin and from the scores of bouquets in the dickey of my car; I definitely would have laid one, offered my condolences then and there. Being from the forces I would have passed orders to all districts that there could be no bigger VIP than this, clear all roads for him. I would have followed behind to see the martyr off as a mark of respect for a man draped in the tri colour proceeding for his next assignment. I would have ensured the DC reaches for the funeral with the benefits that a state gives to sons of the nation. Well this is the least I could have done.

What must this man inside the coffin thinking of? Lying there asking questions to all the politicians and his superior officers. Why have you sent me into this dark dungeon? Could you not tell me in advance that there were 300 Maoist waiting for a 100 of us? I had weapons, I would have sorted them out. Now that you have withdrawn my weapon also and put me to sleep in this box, how will the rest of guys manage without me? The only good thing in here is the smell of flowers, as I have been used to the smell of sweat, grime and blood through out.

Mr Home minister, where are you? You have ensured that I become an unfortunate casualty of your callous attitude and diluted efforts. You have not pushed the government and the PM enough to get me all that I need to conduct operations. Why did you not give me good leaders who would have mentored us and guided us? Yes, now as a dead man let me confess, I became callous as nothing had happened since quite some time. I took things for granted that our intelligence systems will warn us of an attack and that did not happen. I was slow to react as I was not mentally & physically prepared for such an assault. Yes, I did not follow SOPs. Yes I did not keep adequate look outs but why did I not do so? Did I become overconfident?  Mr Singh for me I cannot dare open my mouth against you, but now that I am in this box please feel my vibes what I am telling you is the bare truth. Sir things are not right, things are not the way they are projected to you, and things are bloody cockeyed & wonky. Take action now, or be ready to salute more of us.

To be shot while having a meal is the worst death. Weapon un-cocked, lying to the side, maybe put along a tree trunk, water bottle in hand, washing my face from the dirt and dust of the day’s work, Cursing my quarter master for not issuing me my size of boots, cursing the langar commander for the oily puri, cursing my senior who stopped my leave, cursing my CHM for detailing me for another patrol tomorrow, cursing my chacha who is grabbing my land, cursing the ‘patwari’ who is not doing the “patta’, cursing the tenant for not giving rent, worrying for my wife who is due in two months, concerned about my mother who is hard of hearing, remembering my sister who should be married this year, remembering my son who goes to an English school, cracking a joke or two with my comrades, peeking in my wallet for a glimpse of my son and wife, remembering my friends and their pranks’ in an mango grove like this. Instead of the chowkidar here came the Maoist with real guns. I ran for life, left my food, could not wear my shoes, could not reach my rifle and before I could give a man to man fight, I was shot in cold blood.

There is someone who now has to take responsibility of four things. One, sort out how you are going to deal with Maoists & terrorism. There should be a clear cut policy. Two, stop this loss of life. Blame it on poor intelligence, poor leadership, not following SOPs not being trained, poor weapons & equipment whatever. Do what needs to be done now. If force is deployed, be a force to be reckoned with. Three, show due respect to the fallen. They are part of us, they were sent in difficult situations, they did what they could to the best of their abilities and they died for us and our country. Let us at least fold our hands and offer a small prayer when we pass by his hearse. Let us not leave his family alone. Four, my dear media, do your job; focus on the top echelons; it is political will that is lacking. Suffering of families may sell, but you don’t realise, how it would be if your family is shown live in such time of tragedy, it hurts. If you want to hurt, hurt the minister who heads the department. Tell him to keep his ninda in his pocket and take out the action plan from his file.

My salutes to you brave hearts, my sympathies and condolences with the bereaved. Please accept my kari-ninda Mr HM and PM for your inaction. You guys appear to be very busy in elections for municipalities, whereas we sent you to worry about the nation. Sirs you have no right to play with our lives. The crux is that whether it is Kashmir or Maoists, the challenge is political in which the worst sufferers are the forces for your lack of will to take the bull by the horns. You will move on to a different agenda if you lose the next elections but the forces will continue doing what they are meant to do. They take an oath to lay down their lives for the nation, once dead they never speak. You guys take an oath of secrecy, only talk big but reveal no plans whatsoever to implement solutions. Will you for once listen to a dead man’s pleading voice? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

© Noel Ellis

THIS WAY TO KASHMIR

 

The Army officer who tied up a stone pelter in front of his jeep became the talk of the town. The only people who did not like it were the Kashmiri people and the peace nicks for Kashmir. 9 soldiers: 1000 plus mob is some ratio. Are the Kashmiri’s justified to stop forces from doing their polling duties? Was it fair to attack nine people, who under orders “not to fire” and could not have extricated themselves without help? Would the loss of nine lives solve the Kashmir issue? One thing was sure had they been left to fend for themselves and they would have come back in body bags? The worst kind of death is dying while not facing the enemy. To add to the tragedy is when being fully conscious of pain, of being hit repeatedly over the same wounds above all one knows that he is losing blood which will lead to sure death if not evacuated. Was it fair to send people for such duty with their hands tied behind their backs and guns on their shoulders as if carrying batons? These Kashmiri people were nothing but barbarians. If they did what they wanted to do then what our officer did was well within his rights to save his comrades. Choice was to save nine without loss of life or open fire to disperse the mob. Thank your stars my Kashmiri friends, you live today.

I scrolled the dictionary to find out what weapon could a stone be classified into. As per the oxford dictionary “a missile is an object which is forcibly propelled at a “target”, either by hand or from a mechanical weapon”. So rather than calling these people stone pelters they are missile pelters. I also know mob mentality is the most difficult thing to control. One idea, one spark, one thought converts a peaceful protest into a riot. One instigator is needed to trigger the process. One person can change the entire complexion of the mob. I see the Kashmiri’s have decided that the Indian forces have to be stoned. This implies that now the forces too need to change their tactics. If need be more force will have to be used and if the consequences are death of a few Kashmiri’s for their unruly conduct, so be it. One cannot take it lying down always and every time. Troops and their safety come first always and every time, especially while handling such unruly trouble creators.

Why should there be any death? Can any Kashmiri politician reply? Are they responsible in any manner to this nation and to their electorate in particular? They eat out of the Indian plate and chant slogans of Azadi. Is it justified and fair? Either don’t eat out of our “THALI” or don’t make a hole in it. They want subsidies, they want freebies, they don’t want fellow Indians to come their land, they don’t want infrastructure to connect them to India, don’t want Indian security forces, want autonomy of every kind, don’t want to come under the Indian flag, don’t want to part with the so called constitution of J&K, want to keep article 370, will continue to harbour, feed, support, hide, shelter, guide, protect, give refuge, and shield people who in their myopic view will get the so called freedom from a country so big that its many states are bigger than the country where militants come from. They also expect to defeat the Indian armed forces which are many times the size of the armed forces of Pakistan. If they think that a nuclear threat looms large and will be initiated if war is proclaimed due to Kashmir. My foot!

What do Kashmiri people actually want? Is it Azadi? OK Granted. Leave India and go take asylum where ever you want to. Want to join our Kashmir to Pakistan? Forget it. At least whatever is remaining with us will remain with us. Whatever has been grabbed from us will be taken back shortly. Whatever has been handed over to China by Pak will definitely be negotiated as and when the atmosphere and the time is right. But if you guys think that Kashmir can be annexed and made into a dreamland of yours with the support of any one, my second foot.

Do Kashmiri people want to avoid unnecessary loss of life? I am sure the answer is yes. If so then cooperate with the Indian forces and government Allow them to do their job which they are meant to do best. Let there be a democratic process. Stop the anti-India policy, stop running parallel governments, If you want to prosper with increase in tourism let infrastructure be built, let the abundance of fruits and flowers be an economic enhancer for your land, allow access to companies supporting agriculture, horticulture, pisciculture, white revolution, canning, jam and pickle making, cold storage facility providers, wood industry experts, animal husbandry and forest researchers from rest of India. If you want jobs, educate your population. Come progress with India. Hope you understand the logic.

The present Kashmiri political leaders and leaders of Hurriyat now stand exposed. Their antics now lay bare the way they are fooling everyone in India and themselves. They can now no longer sustain their pseudo stand. They cannot face you people thus stay in the confines of their homes. They do not believe in your cause so do not allow their children to be part of any protests. The only things they understand is that keep these cauldrons boiling and enjoy all the fruits that are pumped in to keep the fire lit under this cauldron of hatred. They are the ladle, which keeps stirring the bitterness within. They are the people who can keep telling the world what should be done but can’t do a fig themselves. They are cheating and leading you to hell. The sooner you guys emancipate yourselves the better. I am fed up of paying taxes which is either pocketed by these politicians or flow down the Indus and Jhelum wasted in giving away subsidies. You have been spoilt because we are giving you fish rather than training you to catch your own. Had the Indian government been strong enough to set the tone and tenor right for your state, it would have remained “jannat”.

How many generations will fight this war with us Indians as you call us? You haven’t got many generations left if you don’t understand peace. Allow all communities to live and let live. Pundits yearn to go back home. Let good sense prevail, give peace a chance and give India a chance to help you develop. Ladakh and Jammu are getting step motherly treatment courtesy you. Indian armed forces are adding to the body count for no reason. This is getting beyond tolerable limits. Time now is ripe to choose either this side or leave us alone and migrate to the land of your friends’ philosophers and guides. You will be welcomed very warm heartedly, given a royal treatment, fed, clothed and settled like their very first class citizens. If not then they may tie up a bomb laden waistcoat around you to meet the promised virgins in the name of the most holy. Is it understood? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

© Noel Ellis

ONE MORE ARTERY TO KASHMIR OPENED

As the picture gets clearer we see the true colours of Kashmir emerging. This I say in the context of the protests against the inauguration of the tunnel by the PM in J&K yesterday. With passage of time the real culprits are getting exposed. We know who real Indians in Kashmir are and why all these protesters are still “Indians” so to say. One thing is clear that to resolve Kashmir, they have to be under the Indian flag and constitution. All separatists please separate and leave India for good, sooner the better. No special status and privileges’. Period!

Be that as it may. If I may compare Kashmir to silk then the cocoon which they have built around themselves has now started to rot from inside. They want to get rid of the decay which is eating away precious lives inside. On the other hand, we want to save precious lives by going inside but get martyred due to militancy, separatism and terrorism. The malady of stone pelting and anti India feelings is bruising it further from within, besides action & reaction by security forces to such acts. Pakistan keeps adding venom. Kashmiri’s want Pakistani medicine made by quacks because they believe that Dr Modi does not know medicine but Dr Hafeez Saeed’s “Jhaar-foonk” of Neem-Hakeem fame will cure them. The belief that Pakistan will provide them fertile land to thrive and grow, not knowing that Paki tree itself is going to be felled branch by branch sooner rather than later. Kashmiri people say they do not want interference from India, then who will provide them with the finest, tender and succulent leaves to feed and produce silk. A country which cannot feed its own people and is dependent on alms, aids, gifts, donations and charity from others besides being always ready with a begging bowl in hand, cannot be expected to look after anyone else.

Well, I am neither a MBBS doctor nor a veterinary surgeon. What I reckon is that they want a separate mulberry tree. They don’t understand who will look after the tree and how? Who will water it? Who will manure it? Who will trim it if required? Who will protect it? It has to be someone from India. Out of the whole valley only one third has this rot; rest of it is still trying to live. I feel that by feeding too many best quality leaves, they have now got over fed. Due to this over feeding, rot has set in and a kind of fungus has grown which is letting these mushrooms of dissent grow. The more we allow them to grow the more we shall smell the rot. Remember Kashmir is not disputed; it is integral part of India. UN declaring it disputed was ages ago and holds good no more. Hurriyat can hurri-out to any country of their choice and leave our tree to flourish.

I would urge Kashmiri people not to give up hope. We in India can treat any kind of infection. Our doctors are capable enough to perform any kind of surgery. We have the facilities and resources. We have the medicines for pre and post illness. Have faith in India and Indians. We are your well wishers. You are India’s head as far as location in concerned. The head can have tumors but tumors can be treated. Even if we say you are conjoined with Pakistan, there are methods to separate and save you. You are perpetually under turmoil, so rest of the India is suffering too. Because you don’t accept any logical suggestions that we give you because of which you remain in this terrible state. How long will you consider us your enemies? We can supply you everything through numerous arteries’s and veins called tunnels and highways. We can send team of medics in terms of armed forces to address all local infections. We can help you to be the best tourist attraction in the world provided either you listen to sane voices or else then be prepared to be anesthetized to be forcefully treated till you heal. If you take it positively well and good, if you resist it, we also have the patience to see how long you can delay it. If you refuse, then we have the means to tell you what will be done in method of our choosing. Choice is yours.

Friends, we have treated you with kid gloves and delicately far too long. Kashmiri politicians keep crying that it is a political issue without any concrete solutions. In my view, your leaders appear to be the root cause of the disease. They don’t want to see you people healthy as their access to subsidies and freebies will stop. They are misleading you. They just want you to rot. None of their children are militants or part of any protests nor are the leaders seen with you when you protest. Time now has come to change your mind set. If Kashmiri’s want to stink, choice is yours but seeing your condition and its further deterioration should we allow prolonging your agony. CM & PM Sahib please synergize your act and implement a plan, failure or success we shall see later. Will they ever take risks or do we keep waiting for amputation? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT

On hearing the ban on butcheries in UP I was reminded of a friend of mine who used to strictly follow “Mar jana par daliya nahi khana”. I used to love this phrase which means I shall die but not eat porridge. Well, it is simple, such guys are pure non-vegetarians. I fall in the same category too. Now my vegetarian friends can cry hoarse about everything available in ghaas-phoos and paneer category, it is going to fall on deaf ears. They can scare me with the cholesterol, BP and affiliated diseases but they can forget it. I have tried eating everything on earth so I shall stick to what I love to eat.

I was brought up in a “Shikari” family and it used to be mutton, chicken, fish, rabbit, pork and shikar sometimes. If nothing else then it used to be Anda-Curry, as eggs were abundantly available due to the small little poultry we had at home. The best used to be any rooster doing “cock-a-doodle-do” at any odd time of the day especially disturbing dad during his afternoon siesta was in the pot in the evening. The freezer of the fridge was always stocked with fish. Big sized fish used to be pickled by mom. How can I ever forget that mouth watering taste?

By the way I was a vegetarian throughout NDA. In NDA someone briefed us wrong, that one gets to eat more on the vegetarian table. Someone said that ragging is less on the vegetarian side. Well, my senior Cheetah’s Prithpal, Munish, Sardana, Navneet, Katoch hey guys, thank you for teaching us table manners. Thank you for teaching us as to how to cut the butter piece into half. Thank you for teaching us how to eat a square meal. Thank you for teaching us how to eat soup with a fork, elbows off the table, hands on your lap, keep mum while you chew, swallow whatever you have in your mouth and then answer, how to drink water without that glug-glug-glug sound, how dishes were excused (means you could not eat them even if they were served), how to break bread and chapatti, how to split a toast, which hand, spoon and fork to use for which item. Thank you for giving us privileges for breaking a few slices of bread in the porridge. They also taught us how to chew 32 times (buggers used to count) and the list is endless. The only concession we used to get was exchanging our veg cutlets for eggs. Well, it was only in sixth term I ever had lunch in the mess on Sundays as they served fish. Most of NDA never turned up for lunch.

Mom used to be very particular when I used to get back from NDA on holidays. Bhindi and Aloo were the only things vegetarian I used to tolerate. One morning she gave me the left over non veg gravy of previous night’s dinner and a few fried eggs. I must have chepoed four solid lachhedaar parathas with it and asked for more. She said beta should I make more eggs, I said no give me the vegetable in the pot. She said you won’t eat, I said who says, and told her to make a few more parathas. NDA taught me the value of food. I could eat anything which moved or didn’t move. My mom said beta in the last 17 years this is the first time you have ever eaten karela. I didn’t have a heart to tell her that my appetite is so much that even if she adds poison to this karela I will eat it.

Unit was fun, one could eat whatever, but on non-veg days, I used to be twenty second down the line on the table. So the poor chicken either had only broken wings or mashed necks. Mutton used to be just bones. How hard our waiters Jagjit, Laalu & Gabbar used to try but could never manage a leg for us. In a couple of years I had many juniors so the fight used to be for roti’s then. I remained a vegetarian after getting married as far as fauji rations were concerned. In peace stations meat on hoof and chicken on paws supplied were never up to my liking.

In high altitude eating tinned tuna or dal-tarka made no difference as the smell of your farts and the shrillness in its noise never changed. I got on to catching trout in the Lukung River which falls into Pangang Tso. Lovely times we spent up stream, fresh trout, fresh yak, love and fresh air was the only way to survive. The pinjas made lovely thuppa, a meaty clear soup with noodles. In case they were in the mood then one could get freshly made sausages. Otherwise tinned milk, tinned veges, and tinned fruit soaked in that surgery sticky syrup used to be ultimate. The huge pooris called “phu-amcho” which actually meant and resembled “donkey’s ears” were a substitute for pooris in the morning. I considered them non-veg for obvious reasons. Come evening the fresh catch of the day was my meal.

While in the deserts, I have had 17 meals continuous, breakfast, lunch and dinner of partridges. Dry in the morning, gravy in the afternoon and as snacks with chota-chota in the evening. My .22 & fishing net were standard accessories on my numerous reconnaissance missions. All the lakes, canals and ponds were GPS fixes. Navigation to these places could be done blind folded. Early morning partridge shoots were ultimate. Jonga’s front wind shield down for better visibility, even in coldest of winters and thick fog. Spotters on the lookout, driver trained to halt the vehicle with the right angle to fire. By the time the sun used to be up, we used to have enough in our kitty and on the way back the shoot used to be for the officers of the Unit. Injured animals of the Gujjars and Bakarwals in Srinagar made us dependent on leopard’s daily kill. Most of my boys were from hill tribes, so cooking up a non-veg dish was like making anda bhujia at short notice. Good old days, guys you can’t think of it now.

Now I am in a coastal area, if yogiji will come here and see then he may ban the vegetables also, leave alone the illegal unlicensed butcheries. Here one will find a goat hanging in a straw hut, with a huge tree trunk on stilts with flies humming nosily drowning the sound of chop-chop. The only thing you can ask for here is “pure meat”. Well that doesn’t mean hygienically pure or the rest of the meat is impure but is without much bones and fat.

The only vegetarian thing I enjoy most is “Bhains ka doodh” with the finger thick malai. I am happy I am not is UP and yet to taste Tunde kebabas, so let me keep enjoying varieties of fish which are available here besides all forms of pure and impure meat. I have no dilemma whatsoever that I shall continue to stick to “Mar jana but dalia nahi khana” Any one joining me? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

© Noel Ellis

MY NATIONAL CHARACTER

ISIS is at our door step. When did it creep in? How did it creep in? Why did it creep in? How long will it stay in? I don’t even want to make an educated guess. Are we citizens sleeping? Are we true citizens of this country that we can’t even keep an eye on our neighbourhood? What kind of parents are we that we don’t know what our child is doing? As I see things today, it is only when such incidents come to light that people start sermonising about what, why, when and how should things have been done. Who is to be blamed? Why was there an intelligence failure etc? Only when such events affect us personally that we actually start reporting all that we see and hear. Then we want full police protection and cooperation to get over the crisis but the first step which should have been taken by us to report anything unusual gets missed out in the din of events. It is time to wake up dear countrymen. It is time we be more vigilant.

I do not blame this individual who would have given his house on rent to the terrorists. Well, he needs to earn something on his investment. One coolly assumes that the antecedents of this person who is renting his house would be good. Blind faith and too much of trust, nothing can go wrong with me and “chalta hai” attitude are killing this country. We have no time and inclination to find out if he is a student, where is his college, does he have an authenticated identity card. If this man has come to work, which shop or organisation does he work for, its location, the owners etc. Issue here is that in India most of the people who do business have no proper procedure of hiring people. A wage or salary is fixed and payment is made in cash, that’s it. There are no details to verify background of this person. Today, proof of identity can be obtained if the right people have been greased at the right places. Date of birth certificates, domicile certificates, panchayat certificates, ration cards, driving licence, and even mobile sim cards, all can be obtained at a fee. Least realising what damage are we doing to the fabric of this country for our petty gains.

We want security, but we don’t have faith in our security providers. If I need to lodge a police complain, unless it is against a specific person, police won’t entertain your FIR. They will grill you till you are roasted charred and fed up. They dissuade you with all negative repercussions. They also put a fear in your mind if any of your statement comes out false. They make you sit the whole night and as their shift changes, the next person has as much patience to wait for you to get irritated and withdraw the complaint. Our police are not user friendly; I say so with my personal experience, whatever anyone may claim. You seem to be the accused rather than the other way around, thus one fears to cooperate due to unnecessary harassment. If this is the attitude of our law keepers, then how should I approach them? Every time a wardi wala comes for surveillance, even for your passport a 500 ka patta has to be parted with. Once your phone number gets registered in a Thana, please be ready to get calls at unearthly hours for all purposes including employing a son of a constable in your company for the FIR to make any head way.

Our population is increasing in geometric progressions, our systems are corrupted, our policing is third rate, our politics is divisive, our character is dubious, our judiciary is slower than snails, our laws are outdated, our bureaucracy is only red tape, our parliament doesn’t function, many of  our parliamentarians are history sheeters, our people are not honest, our milk, water etc is adulterated, our medicines are duplicate, our education system is deplorable, our pollution levels are the highest, our agriculture is declining, our housing is falling grossly short, our transportation is rickety, our food is unhygienic and costly, our toilets are in the open, urinals are walls and trees, our industries are shutting shop, our banking is facing issues, our women are unsafe, our children are insecure. Terrorism is now in the hinterland. Anything left to curse except my own country or am I talking about Pakistan. Above all, I don’t have any patience. I need a fast buck, a big house, a nice car, and decent meals. It is I me myself. Nothing else matters to me.

Politicians on the other hand want masses to remain uneducated so that they can be easily disillusioned, brainwashed and made to vote in their favour. They cash on the negatives of others, spread communal hatred, communalise the public till elections are won thereafter evaporate into thin air. They deal in black money that too in cash. They deal with all kinds of mafia. They do benami purchases. They eat out of party funds. They mobilise funds by illegal means. They do not want the people to understand the reality of politics. They make policies to suit themselves. That’s what I am the true Indian politician.

If this is my personal character and the state of my country then who shall I say is bothered about anything? Governments can claim that they are doing one window clearances, but to reach that window one has to go the same old bribery way. The government claims that infrastructure is being built at a fast pace, but it is way behind the requirement. People are not parting with land; people are illegally occupying government land, above all people are encroaching on land falling in path of developmental projects to get better compensation. Can this nation then progress? Can there be a national character assigned to all of us.

Unemployment has reached to such levels that people with post graduate degrees are way under employed and under salaried. Government people don’t work and nether let you work. Files and cases are buried deep under the red tape. Even a peon asks for “bakshish” to take you to any office. We as a nation lack that sense of Indianess, our souls are sold, and our minds are one tracked, paisa and only paisa. Paisa for my next ten generations, property for my sons and their sons, what nonsense!

It is easy to say a chai wala has become our PM and I also see that he carries a vision to take India forward. He too is part of us so at times he forgets he is the PM of India. Our infighting with ideologies as political parties, our personal differences as netas, our power struggle for that one chair, may be it panchayat elections to the Presidents elections, everything is put at stake. How then can we justify that yes we as a nation have that moral fibre to engage with the world? Can this be done by our PM alone or for that matter any government? In any case the government does everything during an earthquake, flood tsunami, draught, avalanche, landslide or any manmade disaster including war? But, is only the government accountable to build the nation? Do we as citizens owe some responsibilty too like character building?

Let us citizens start by paying our taxes sincerely. Let us start by cleaning just 25 meters around our homes. Let us citizens just contribute a little to build a strong Indian character to keep our country out of all harms length. Can we? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

© Noel Ellis

MY BLOOD IS STILL OLIVE GREEN

“Shaheedon ki chitaon par lagenge har baras mele,
Watan par marne walon ka yahi baki nishaan hoga”

Well, jo watan par mit chuke aaj unhe koi poochta nahi, par jinhone watan par mitne ke liye kasam khayi thi aur aaj seva nivrit ho chuke hain unko kab aur kaun poochega, is the question which is eating me up from inside. We as a community are left to be seen only for our march past skills on the republic day. A few of us who still live with those small little roundels on our chest are left with half a clap by the crowd which is sitting along the Raj path, as everyone is busy either checking the parade menu, or is distracted by a flying aircraft, or has his attention to spot some VIP. Most of them are busy holding on to their seat and one for his relative. The parade continues to march past even if it rains, but the crowd runs for cover or the nearest umbrella which they can find. So friends of the uniformed community, including veterans, let us not live in a make belief world, the ground reality is that everyone is too busy with his own life and priorities. Unfortunately, after the parade even national flags are thrown on the road side. If one has a spot quiz, 90% of the people will not know the marching contingents that participated, leave alone the types of tanks, missiles or radars on parade. If you will ask them who was the parade commander? You are bound to draw a blank. Yes, they might tell you how many riders were there in the motorcycle display, or how much they enjoyed a particular state tableau. Yes how many horses did potty will be answered without hesitation. Why has this thought run across my mind is what I want to share with my friends.

Pakistan is said to be bleeding us with a thousand cuts, but now our own media is bleeding us with 1001, I feel. The nation stands behind us we know and are convinced, but is the media with us? I am very unsure. Reasons I shall discuss as we go by.

I got back from our weekly shopping yesterday around 9 PM, so decided to see the news. Moment I saw Gen GD Bakshi on a channel I paused to listen in. I found all the Lone’s, Rashid’s, Dar’s and a couple of more Kashmiri’s in the thick of battle, ganged up together trying to pelt words which were deadlier than bullets at our General and a Major. How they spoke to the veterans and about the country was not palatable to me at all. I felt hurt as they left me bruised and battered, mentally if not physically. The dissent mongers continued unabated with the same old rant, courtesy our democracy, and free speech. I find them now openly accusing and abusing our armed forces for all the chaos there. I really got cheesed off and switched off the TV to think that why we the veterans are allowing these media channels to tear us apart. If media is so passionate about the country, then why isn’t the whole media in Kashmir to see and report the other side of the ground realities? TV studios are fine, who stops them to expose who is at fault from ground zero. Let investigative journalism be seen.

A few days back a jawan committed suicide, reason was media. Poor guy spoke something, which was recorded by a journo, without his knowledge and the result, one family devastated, one regiment broken, one trained soldier less for falling prey to media. We have journalists, who have the audacity to debate what our army chief should say or not say. My foot! They have the cheeks to question his choice of words, my second foot! Well thanks to free speech and your democracy again. They are the ones who go hammer and tongs after our Ex Air Chief for the chopper scam. Where does their morality and love for the forces evaporate then? One damn recruitment paper for other ranks is leaked it becomes news headlines where as things like vyapam, the Bihar cheating cases are ticker news not even headlines.  People of the Ms Dutt fame rose to lime light from the Kargil conflict, now sympathise with a terrorist called Burhan Wani in garb of balanced coverage. I wish I had a third foot. A jawan reports bad food being served, such news and debates continue ad nauseam. We as a community are just stay mum. What do these journalists know how we keep ourselves fed and why do we starve in certain circumstances? Will they know when an encounter is on, food and rest are priority 99? Just because they have a licence to yap, they find us as easy targets because we are straight, simple and forthright people. Shame!

Till today the OROP agitation continues at jantar mantar without any breach of disciple? Have you heard more than half a word in the last one month on any channel? Is it because the government has gagged them? Is the media shit scared to go against the government? Then they say they are not paid media? If the media thinks it is so powerful, or can change things in the country then stop covering the rallies of the PM. Have you guys got the guts? Stop covering any poll campaigns in any state, your channels will be declared bankrupt in two days. Stop sensationalising and covering wailing mothers, wives and children of martyrs, I would suggest go and find out who was responsible for this soldiers death. Expose to the nation the real nexus of this militancy and terrorism. I feel heartbroken when I see those images, I feel pained when you shove the mike into the mouths of shattered mothers, wives, friends, and children. Questions like “Aap bare hoke kya banoge”?  It is easy to interview Burhan wani’s father, but leave alone the father of a soldier who has just lit his son’s funeral pyre.

You people do not know what paces every man in uniform has to go through. You people will never understand the pain with which a person turns into a veteran on one fine day. Remember you friends of the media, we still have the colour of our uniform as the colour of our blood in our body and I proudly say my blood is OLIVE GREEN. How many of you have sent your children to be part of the armed forces? Though, some of you are children of armed forces fraternity alright. Today, every time I see the national flag, I first salute the “Nishan” of this country of which I still eat “Namak” by virtue of being a pensioner. The “Naam” of my nation comes first always and every time. So what I have grown old and weak. I may walk with a walking stick or on a wheel chair but I still feel proud to display medals on my chest. I still do not dither to motivate young minds to join the uniformed community at every opportunity I get. I am a veteran, I have done my duty for my country, and I shall continue doing so till my last breath. Will you guys of the media now leave my community alone? We have a herculean task of keeping the integrity and sovereignty INDIA to maintain. If we falter on our duty, you guys will be extinct. Yes, we can do mistakes, and admit it like a man. We are punished promptly because my system cannot stand defaulters. Is that the same on your side? Then why am I treated as a third rate citizen to be pitted against separatists, terrorist, militant supporters, Pakistani loyalists, and people with anti India sentiments by you all.

My humble request to you all is to get hold of the real culprits of this nation, expose them, and tear them apart. You actually know the culprits. Use them as your cannon fodder if you really want this country to reach greater heights. Do not make us scapegoats and please do not fire guns from our shoulders. I won’t curse you as you are my fellow countrymen, but are you going to listen to the plea of this Unknown Soldier? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

© Noel Ellis

THE ANGRY BIRD CALLED ABDULLAH

Every time I used to play this game called angry birds on my laptop, I used to be reminded of Dr Abdullah. Well, frankly they have no connection at all, but all those who have tried their hand on it would remember, while waiting to be launched on the platform these birds are talking amongst each other and god alone knows what they speak, but one sound is very prominent that they say “ABDULLAH-ABDULLAH”.  I hope Dr Saab has asked them for copyrights and claim royalty every time someone downloads this game. Well, jokes apart, I can assure you, many of you will revisit this game to ascertain what I have just said and confirm the way they chirp, and many of you who have not played this game till now may get motivated to play it for once at least to resolve this mystery.

Be that as it may, why has Dr Saab become so angry with all that is happening in India and especially in Kashmir? What has suddenly brought in the shift in his “desh bhakti” so to say that he is now feeling so bad about the youth of Kashmir who have gone berserk pelting stones at all and sundry? What are their aspirations that Dr Saab, his father and son have not met that they have turned them into hooligans of the worst kind today? If he blames the Government of India, then is he right? If he blames the present J&K government, then should he be considered correct? Does he ascertain any portion of the blame to himself or his family? Can he be pardoned from being part of the chaos which prevails today? I want to ask you Dr Saab, that is it that only when you are ministers in the central government or the CM of the state do you work for Kashmir. Well, he knows best, as he is the son of the soil. In fact father, son and son of a gun know the real inside story, isn’t it?

If I again go back to the angry bird’s game, I do not know who is angry, the birds in the cage or the birds waiting to be catapulted. If you see the yellow one it just slices across things, and if you give it a boost then it takes off towards heaven. Then we have those little blue and cute ones, which multiply and can destroy multiple targets. The black one which explodes is the one I like the best as it can shake all the bricks. There is also an orange one which bloats and bursts. One of them comes back like a boomerang also. Then there is this chubby red one which bulldozes its way through. There is also the one shaped like an egg which drops an egg like a nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Which one of these is Dr Saab? One thing is sure Dr Saab is trying to again make inroads into Kashmir like one of these birds knowing full well the grip of which he has lost completely. Or, is he trying to assist those dirty looking green piggy’s to remain unhurt and live on. I just do not like that piggy which wears a helmet. It appears to be like a terrorist and is a hard nut to crack. Dr Saab you are on which side please let us know. Is your intention to free birds from their cages? Or is it to let the piggy’s live on. The irony is that till the time you eliminate every piggy you don’t move to the next level. Do you get the message Dr Saab, militants and militancy has to finish and so is the stone pelting? Come on angry bird do something.

The man, who claims that he did everything to keep Kashmir as an integral part of India, is today playing a different tune. Instead of helping in releasing the birds from their cages, why is he siding with the so called misguided youth? Why is he trying to portray that all hope for Kashmir is lost? Is this what is politics all about? Is this the result of the work you put in so far for your own people which three generations of your family governed? I will avoid the word ruled as the connotation of the word becomes different. Is this the result of the self proclaimed good governance, or is it the result of the mis-governance of the present government. Is the Government of India which supported you till the hilt since 1947, responsible to come to this situation where the Kashmiri’s are feeling claustrophobic, choked and kind of guillotined? Are the Indian armed forces responsible for creating this situation? Or is it you and your wise ilk responsible for the state of affairs?

Who called in the army, in fact who requisitioned the army to control the militancy, when the machinery of the state failed? Who got the Rashtriya Rifles and other CAPFs inducted into Kashmir, over and above the Army? Was this decision of the PM of India or was this decision taken on the strong recommendation of a person who supposedly knew each and every nut and bolt of Kashmir. Your word Dr Saab was taken as gospel, your suggestions were taken as final, and you always had the last word on Kashmir. Weren’t you the person who brought them in? Weren’t you the one who was responsible for recommending to the centre to carry out a military plan as per your recommendation? If that be so, why are you talking in Greek and Roman now? Where are your Kashmiriat, Jamhuriat and Insaniyat now? Where is your Hindustaniyat? Why are you speaking the language based on Pakistan-ki-gandi-niyat? Why are you playing into the hands of the separatist’s sharaarat of spreading nafrat? Or is this what is going to be your kind of changed siaasat?

Frankly, I as veteran just know this much, that when I was called to serve two tenures in J&K, I was there because you needed me. You asked for me, you relied on me; you had no other means to even conduct fair and free elections in 1996 had the forces not been there. You had no choice actually. Now that much time has gone past, you want to change your stance, just because you once again want to spoil the show. The present set up I am definitely not in favour of, where an alliance of convenience is running the state, with diagonally opposite thinking. The CM herself has waived paki flags once upon a time; at least I can’t accuse you of that. If you are really a son of this soil then suggest what can be done to get peace back. Everyone wants peace, stability, khushhali, naukri but how is it going to be achieved, you don’t say anything. Are these your people? If they are then sit with the PDP and BJP alliance and suggest something concrete if you believe in peace to prevail.

I am convinced that none of you have a solution except inciting people and de-motivating them. I know the way some politicians and people are spewing venom. They are forcing the people of this beautiful state to be brainwashed against India. I fully understand no bird likes to be caged. I am also convinced that no piggy should be allowed to be inside the arenas where the birds stay. Dr Saab, I do not want leaders like you to keep waiting to be catapulted as CM to sort out things. I hope you are not going to remain a fence sitter and just keep repeating like the angry birds Abdullah-Abdullah? Or will you? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

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