Army Commander felicitates veer naris and war heroes of 1971 war! Indeed it was yet another moment to cherish!
The surroundings in the garden should make you feel that you have entered a privileged space a place not just set apart but reverberant and it seems to me that, to achieve this, someone must have put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn into something nearer to the heart, something that binds you emotionally and something that remains forever in the chamber of the heart of those who see it.
The one in Akhnoor brings the memories of the wars fought by the soldiers for the nation as it takes us back into the battlefields where the officers and men fought like a band of tigers pouncing upon the enemy in a do or die battle.
Warriors grove is a high point and a natural focal point in the landscape of Akhnoor, something by which both travelers and locals orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are situated this magnificent monument which tells us all the saga of bravery of the men who got on to the stage, did their job and faded away. They were no ordinary men because they were born for a particular purpose. They completed it then eased themselves out leaving a thousand memories for us to relive over the years, year after year.
Words and statements such as, the enemy are only 50 yards from us. ‘We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. We shall not withdraw an inch but will fight to our last man and our last round’, ‘there will be no withdrawal without written orders and these orders shall never be issued’. ‘Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail. But here we are to win and not look behind,’ ‘either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.’ ‘No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get them’ or you have never lived until, you have almost died, and for those who choose to fight, life has a special flavor and the protected will never know!’ come only from brave mouth pieces on a mission where a faceoff with death is a dead certainty.
Those who won the 1971 war were extraordinarily special. They just wanted to get on with the things and do the job at hand. They did it with immaculate precision.
One thing is always drilled into the officers in the training academies and to the men in regimental centers and that is, play to your strengths. If you aren’t great at something, do more of what you’re great at
1971 war was won with one great deadly strike by the Indian Army and Pakistan just did not know as to what hit them and ultimately the reality came to the forefront as Pakistan surrendered in Dhaka with General Niazi finally giae it up by putting his signature on the instrument of surrender along with over 93,000 men of his.
Soldiers are great dreamers and eternal romantics. And it is a fact that every great dream begins with a dreamer. They know and remember that they have within them the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the fate of the battle and on the bigger platform the war! The biggest proof of that is the victory in 1971, the greatest ever in the Indian Military history.
I. What happened in Akhnoor:
Swarnim Vijay Mashaal reached the warriors grove so that the tributes could be paid to the great men who just got into the hailstorm of bullets to put an end to the enemy resistance and we all know what the bullets can do! But these men charged into them to create a marvelous win that was being celebrated today.
Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command laid wreath to Swarnim Vijay Mashaal and paid tributes to fallen heroes at the Warrior’s Grove War Memorial, Crossed Swords Division, Akhnoor as a part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations.
The Army Commander accompanied by Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar, GOC White Knight Corps was briefed on the saga and valour of gallant soldiers of Indian Armed Forces during 1971 Indo-Pak War.
A documentary on 1971 Indo-Pak War was screened for the audience.
The General officer felicitated Veer Naris and war heroes of the 1971 Indo Pak war at Akhnoor. The GOC-in-C, a war hero and Vir Chakra awardee, appreciated the veterans for their invaluable services for the motherland.
He also expressed deep gratitude for the sacrifices of the Veer Naris.
Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command interacted with all veterans and veer naris following CoVID protocol.
He expressed gratitude and acknowledged the contributions of the populace of Jammu & Kasmir who have played a pivotal role during various operations.
He assured Veer Naris and veterans for full support at all times as was extended during Covid-19 pandemic.
He motivated them to take maximum benefits from the facilities rendered by Indian Army at their doorstep including Covid Care Facilities, Covid vaccination, Covid preventive measures and Govt schemes etc.
This was yet another milestone covered by the victory flame as it was at the grove of the warriors where it blew majestically to honor the men who laid the lives for the country. Our soldiers know that they I can’t change the direction of the wind, because that is a natural phenomenon but they certainly can adjust their sails to always reach my destination and they do so with grace and panache! And trust me they would always be doing so!