They were not ordinary as they could never have been but just that stroke of fate that strikes while doing duty ensured that they vanished! One of the ways to leave the pavilion after finishing off a job!
-‘As these young men joined the Indian Army the choice was laid out for them. It was not a simple one to decide, stay on land wherever you are or plunge into the icy depths of the sea where waters tend to tire you out. It was with one spark in the brain we chose the latter as that suited our profile in which the most prominent line was, ‘anything for the Nation’! We are proud that we ‘Nine did it because we chose the sea’!
-‘The story is old but it is still about the sacrifices that our soldiers make on one fleeting whistle, ‘we have to do it’! These nine also had heard the same whistling sound as they woke up on different mornings but the colors in the skies were brooding dark and gray, perhaps saying to themselves that why would we need to experience the comforter if our lives are already comfortable?
-‘I’m sure everyone must have heard about the German Friedrich Neitzsche. The big Walrus sized mustached man once said ‘for believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is to live dangerously’. This is his one line that I like the most because it suits the Indian soldiers the most when they are on a mission or otherwise!’
-‘About the two who went missing, obviously taken by surprise and left with no option but to fight it out alone one thing must have goaded them since they were ultimately killed. They were done away because they were refusing to give up and I’m sure that they would have relentlessly fought with bare hands to set themselves free. But the situation was perhaps two against many and both must have thought at that moment, I would rather live this life and fight it out till I get a chance to break free. My only worry is that they won’t stop until we make a move and probably they would have made one only to be killed but fight they definitely gave for sure!’
-‘Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything. The two who went missing definitely wanted to fight but unfortunately they were never given a chance to do that. One can’t do much when werewolves are around with guns and pistols and snarling at you! The only chance is that they (captors) make a mistake! Had they even made one the JCO and the soldier would have made them pay! But they could not and that I would say was their bad luck!’!
-‘The action continues as that is important, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated. For eradication the mindset across the LOC has to change and there is every likelihood that the same would not and hence the bloody fight continues! But the lessons have been drawn and this threat too would be tapered off!’
Right from the Academy and Regimental center days the officers and the men from the Indian army have been taught one thing time and again and that is, never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third. None threw the first here but it’s yet again time to hurl the second and trust me that is going to be a bone cruncher for the men who fired from the bushes and escaped! They got this chance but the second they will never get! Ever since the Kashmir insurgency began this has been the routine and the paradigms followed! For the moment the jungle sanitation is continuing as the elongated fight continues to the finish!
I The action part of it:
Two more soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed as the massive search operation to track down terrorists continued for the sixth day in the forest areas of Jammu and Kashmir’s twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
With the latest killings, a total of nine Army personnel, including two JCOs, have laid down their lives in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation that began in Surankote forests of Poonch on Monday and later spread to nearby Thanamandi in Rajouri and Mendhar in Poonch.
Bodies of the JCO and the soldier were recovered near the scene of the gunfight with terrorists in the Nar Khas forest in Mendhar, taking the number of Army personnel killed in the operation to four. Riflemen Vikram Singh Negi and Yogambar Singh, both from Uttarakhand, were confirmed dead earlier.
The soldiers were identified as the JCO as Ajay Singh and another soldier as Naik Harendra Singh and said they were part of search operations launched by the security forces to flush out terrorists hiding in the densely forested area.
-‘After a fierce firefight with terrorists, the communication with the two soldiers was disrupted. Relentless operations continued to neutralize the terrorists and to reestablish communication with them.’
-‘The presence of terrorists in the forest area connecting Poonch and Rajouri was observed two and a half months ago and accordingly tactical operations were launched to track them down, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Vivek Gupta had said this.
At the moment the entire forest area from Mendhar to Thanamandi remains under a strict cordon and a massive search operation is on to neutralize the terrorists who are moving from one place to another in an attempt to escape the dragnet. The Army has already deployed para-commandos and a helicopter was also seen hovering over the forest area to keep surveillance.
The aim is clear here: the fight isn’t over till the men (terrorists) hopping around the forests are neutralized and once they are, the winner will be only one and we know who it would be! Finally I will end this one by saying that, those who are weak don’t fight, they run as the terror mongers in the jungles are doing. Those who are stronger might fight for an hour at max..Those who are still stronger still might fight for many years. But the strongest fight their whole life. That has to be the soldier from the Indian Army and he is the indispensable one!