There was so much to see, so much to listen and so much to explore! This indeed was a fascinating trip for the media and for the first timers absolutely awesome!
There is always something to be learnt from the soldiers deployed on the LOC and at times it seems amazing and beyond the capabilities of normal humans as what they do. Never have they failed to deliver when it is the cause of the nation and its people. LOC by no means is an easy place to move around because on the other side sits an unpredictable enemy who is capable of springing ridiculous surprises. They have to be prepared for the same every time and all the time. Perhaps that was the reason as to why the media personnel on a visit to LOC were more than eager to listen to them, watch their impeccable drills and the majestic gait while doing their routine tasks at which they are masters. They know that sometimes people will sit and listen to their testimony but they also know that an expert and skillful person knows how to develop boundaries that will help them minimize distractions and maximize their potential. That is what they exactly do while moving on LOC, keeping a strict vigil on the enemy and his movements. Every day is a new day, the one gone by is forgotten and the next morning there’s never a starting point. You just continue. Look at where you were, where you are and work from there. This was what the national media had come to see and for sure they saw far too much which must have triggered them to frame up dispatches for the countrymen to read in print and watch the same on the cornucopia of sophisticated electronic gadgetry which they have back home. Even small positive shifts in thinking create huge results if you are consistent in your efforts is their simple motto and thus they continue to travel with extraordinary purpose, discipline, courage and strength. Wonder how they manage it every time and needless to mention all the time!’
Bhimber Gali sector was part of the visit of media personnel to see, analyze and then write stories on life of a soldier on LoC. Remote areas such as Bharoti, Dharati, Balakote, Dhargloon and Bhimber Gali need attention both from the security as well as human point of view and in both the eventualities the officers and the men give only one thing and that is excellence. It is said that the people and the children are the best judge of human nature. Ask anyone in the above mentioned places though they are just a few about the men from the Indian Army, the answer would be unanimous and in one way, ‘great’!
It is said that don’t compare your journey to other people. You’re not running their race. It is so true because making comparisons is part of human lives and psychologically inbuilt. But one thing is certain that these men in olive greens in complete battle gear are running our race and no one is better than them. They have proved the same over and over again, be it fighting wars, taking on the insurgents, bailing out people in crisis, helping humanity where even the basic facilities are not available and saving them when the bullets and shrapnel’s head in their direction. Till February 25 2021, the last mentioned was an action replay of the previous scene performed. Thankfully it’s quite now but the uncertainty prevails and that at times can be nerve racking. LOC is not a place to be at ease and this the media men would have surely realized.
The last story on the visit I did three days back. That chapter ended for a reason and again it was a simple one. there was further more to see, hear, explore and all the presentations were full of interesting anecdotes and various facets of the soldiers going about their job in a countryside that looks calm and serene but can be extraordinarily volatile at any given moment of time. Therefore the vision is clear and thus the results keep appearing. They work with positivity, work on their plans, flourish, and they always remember why they started on the mission. And that is what the media saw:
The visit to forward areas along LoC in Poonch & Rajouri sectors (J&K) was organized under the aegis of White Knight Corps.
The participants were taken to some selected forward locations along LoC aimed to enhance the understanding on improvement of situation along LoC post abrogation of Article 370 and post implementation of ceasefire.
The contribution of Ministry of Defense (MoD) establishments like Indian Army, BRO (Border Roads Organization) towards infrastructure development, education, youth employment, women empowerment, mega initiatives in fight against COVID pandemic in border and far flung villages along LoC and ahead of LoC fence was also adequately covered by media houses.
The journalists were facilitated for field visits and Interaction with civilians of LoC villages previously affected by ceasefire violations.
They were also shown various efforts by Indian Army assisting the locals for making community Bunkers and COVID Vaccination drive.
Senior army officials at forward posts in Poonch and Bhimber Gali highlighting the present security scenario and the on-going activities along LoC.
The conduct of visit in Poonch included a firsthand exposure on CI/CT (counter insurgendy/counter terrorism drills, life of soldiers at LoC, various military-Civic action projects including covid-19 vaccination for villagers, community bunkers, training youth for employment etc.
An interaction with families of civilian porters who were killed by Pakistan action followed by interaction with locals on various military – civic action projects and the Army’s contribution in their day to day life.
In Bhimber Gali sector, the visit included: Life of a soldier at LoC, information on the surveillance system.
Army continued uplifting education standards in Pine Wood School, Hamirpur. The Pine Wood School comprises 450 students out of which 210 students are from BPL families for whom all study related materials are being provided by Army.
Then the media men were shown Indian Army facilitating the Primary Health Centre Dharati to reach at remote locations for door to door covid vaccination.
They were taken to covid-19 quarantine centre, medical camp and community bunkers were also shown. The media got ample opportunity to interact with local villagers on various military -civic action projects and Army’s contribution in their day to day life.
Then they were escorted to Chhapar Dhara, Kanga and Datote Villages ahead of LoC fence and as close as 400 meter from LoC.
Indian Army in close coordination with civil administration commenced Road construction and electrification for the First Time under Border Area Development Projects.
Ordinary men like us get exhausted at half way mark. The feeling comes in what if I don’t make it? But these men, if are around will say, look behind you and keep moving. Further advice flows in, you only fail when you give up! The harder the road, the greater the victory at the end of it. Your choice and path is yours. Give up, or keep moving forward! Seeing them the adrenaline begins to rush and gush and one feels that the impossible can be achieved. The locals with their help have managed that admirably well. Frankly speaking they don’t know what tomorrow will bring. None of us does. That’s why they get up and go on because, until forever comes, they can’t stay where they are forever! There is always a fresh adventure waiting for them. The media personnel saw it all during their visit!