Advertisement
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
Outlook.com

The Betrayal, Part II

After the sympathy wave, Kargil martyrs' kin are now fighting bureaucratic apathy and corruption

The Betrayal, Part II
Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Betrayal, Part II
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
It was a feat only few could have accomplished. Braving all odds—an invisible enemy and a hostile terrain—Capt Anuj Nayyar of 17 Jat was aware of only one thing. The eviction of Pakistani regulars from Pt 4875 in Kargil was crucial if Tiger Hill had to be recaptured. But the task was nothing short of impossible.

Despite heavy firing and shelling, Anuj and Hawaldar Hari Om charged up the steep slope, shouting "Jat Balwan, Jai Bhagwan". They destroyed the first bunker and charged for the next. Hari Om fell to enemy fire but Anuj continued to the third and succumbed after a rocket hit him on the head. Enraged by the death of their officer, the remaining soldiers accompanying their captain pressed on and accomplished the mission. Anuj was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for his supreme sacrifice.

But two years after the war, words like "bravery" and "supreme sacrifice" seem like mere phrases written on commendations and citations. Mere words, indeed, that pepper politicians' speeches. Every year, platitudes are mouthed in July-end when it's time to commemorate Vijay Diwas...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

Shah Rukh Khan's portrait from the Ommatidia series by Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

Bikers were spotted waiting outside police stations till late evening in Jammu and Kashmir with cops offering no explanation.

Ex-Captain Exposes PCB's 'Scapegoat' Politics Before IND-PAK Tie

Ex-Captain Exposes PCB's 'Scapegoat' Politics Before IND-PAK Tie

Misbah-ul-Haq has captained and coached the Pakistan national cricket team. He has himself been a 'victim' of politics in the Pakistan Cricket Board.

India Crosses 100 Crore Vaccine Doses, Celebrations At Red Fort To Mark Milestone

India Crosses 100 Crore Vaccine Doses, Celebrations At Red Fort To Mark Milestone

A series of events have been lined up on Thursday including the launch of a Kailash Kher song and a film by Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya to mark the vaccination milestone.

Advertisement