We are just a phenomenon that could be forgotten easily but something’s would not be as humanity continues to travel the distance in Kashmir!
‘If you want to read a book on children of war zones then please read ‘A Soldier’s Star: The love and loss between a parent and child by Deborah Petty. ‘A Soldier’s Star is a heartwarming story about a little boy who loses his father in the Iraq war. He is devastated by the death of his father and finds himself to be very angry and hurt. But he soon finds out that their love is stronger than death, and with a little faith and a little hope some wishes do come true, even if they are only in your dreams. The little boy gets to see his father one last time and the lesson he learns from this very special visit will carry him throughout his life. This story is based upon a real life little boy named Oliver who struggled to come to terms with his own father’s death in 2006.’
‘These are military kids that will make your heart skip a beat. They’re the perfect set of deployment as they raise their hands for a salute! Military kids are truly impressive. They live all the challenges of military life, but they never signed up for it. They experience deployments, long separations from their service member parent (or parents), moves, living in other countries, and saying “see ya later” to so many friends.!’ U got idea after seeing the picture which my friend sent me
‘They move houses, they change schools, and they adapt to constantly-changing neighborhoods. The variable lifestyle causes military kids to be strong, flexible and adventurous. These kids are special’
’They learn to accept change and adapt to difficulties. They find their inner courage after being the new kid or a foreigner in a strange land. Many military kids grow into confident, curious, and courageous individuals’.
‘This is what my friend learnt from his dad and that is what he taught! I’m glad that the Indian Army is also teaching the same as kids from Jammu and Kashmir move towards a new era where a hope in the sky is not a distant dream!
’I never tell lies and that is the reason I write point blank. I once told my kid daughter, life is tough, my darling, but so are you. And home is wherever I’m with you.’ Just wait because we wait!’
‘We wait because we believe that to be like a dandelion: bloom wherever you are planted. In Kashmir we planted A long back’ Our roots are as deep and strong as the mighty oak or could be said as Chinars!’
‘The new era of Kashmir where we live in harmony, pave our own path, where development is the new norm, where we work hard for our future!’ That is what the kids of the future are staring at!
‘There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.’
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost, from the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring, renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.Come n Kashmiri kids it is time to rise and rise! That is the message that is being conveyed by the Indian Army. A message that should have been understood long before but it was not for reasons unknown.
Trust me whenever an army officer or a soldier leaves from his place of posting in Jammu and Kashmir he always says how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. That is because the kids have seen them and somewhere in the faces of the kids they see their iwb!
We in the Indian Army believe that we can make new friends, but keep the old: one is silver and the other’s gold. The kids at the time of the parting handshake say, sir, you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!
As they (children) grow up, unfortunately, their natural freedom is often eclipsed by teaching and behaviour of elders. At school, they learn many things, which are no doubt useful, but they gradually forget that essential thing to be human and kind, playful and make life richer for ourselves and others. The children of today of Kashmir will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country. Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. Only through right education can a better order of society be built up. That is what the Indian Army is teaching the children of Kashmir!
The vast army of children across the world, outwardly different kinds of clothes, and yet so very like another. If you bring them together, they play or quarrel, but even their quarrel is some kind of play. They do not think of differences amongst themselves, the difference between class or caste or colour or status. They are wiser than their father(s) or mother(s)!
Finally in the conclusion I will say that military kids say goodbye more often in their first few years than the average person does in a lifetime. Military kids get used to moving trucks, but never find it easy to lose friends! That is period!