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Kargil

Scapegoat Martyrs

A year has passed, but nobody in Pakistan, not even the army, knows why the Kargil operation was mounted, or called off for that matter

Scapegoat Martyrs
Scapegoat Martyrs
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But nothing’s changed for Jan’s family, except the occasional vip trips to their house. In fact, that’s responsible for having made things a little difficult for the martyred subedar’s folks. Jan’s widow—whom he married after the death of his first wife, who bore him three children—has taken the major part of the compensation, leaving her old in-laws in the lurch.

The family’s efforts to erect a boundary wall around the nearby grave of Jan have also come to a naught. The masonry is ready, but the bureaucracy’s go-ahead is still awaited—it’s pondering on who should erect the wall, the government or the family. And to top it all, neighbourhood soldiers often prevent the family from narrating their woebegone tales to strangers.

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