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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Exemplifying valour and sturdiness, the tale of Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami is nothing less than a cinematic glimpse of inspiration to many. His contribution to the nation proved his courage in the anti-terrorist missions in the Kashmir Valley. In three consecutive operations,he shot-down 10 militants and held one of them before losing his life in sake of making the mission successful.

Udhampur-based Northern Command spokesman, Col.S.D. Goswami in an official statement said,”Special Forces commando of the Indian Army Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami, has created a unique history of valour and dedication to duty by eliminating 10 terrorists in 11 days before laying down his life in service of the nation in the Kashmir Valley”. Mohan Nath Goswami was killed in a gunfight with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.

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Col.S.D. Goswami further added, ” Mohan Nath himself volunteered to join the elite para commando outfit in 2002 and went on to gain the reputation of being one of the toughest soldiers of his unit – no small feat in an outfit that boasts of being one among the best in the world. In the last 11 days, he was actively involved in three counter-terrorism operations in the Kashmir Valley in which 10 terrorists were eliminated and one captured alive.”

Talking about Goswami’s great valour and fortitude, the spokesperson explained, ” In his first operation Goswami killed three hardcore Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Pakistan terrorists in Khurmur, Handwara on August 23. He volunteered for a second back-to-back operation in Rafiabad, Kashmir which was conducted over two days on August 26-27. It witnessed a fierce gunfight that led to the elimination of three more LeT terrorists. Once again Goswami insisted on going to the third operation launched in the dense Hafruda forest near Kupwara on September 3. This recent mission proved to be his last one in which also he eliminated four terrorists in a heavy gun-battle.

In his last operation, Mohan Nath captured LeT terrorist Sajjad Ahmad alias Abu Ubed Ullah alive. He is a resident of Muzzafargarh, Pakistan. This further proves Pakistan’s involvement in promoting terrorism across Jammu Kashmir valley.

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A similar kind of act was screened in a Bollywood feature film recently. In his latest movie ‘Phantom’, Saif Ali Khan goes around the globe and kills several militants before laying down his life. The movie was banned in Pakistan.

The brave heart heart soldier who always loved showcasing courage and heroic action, lived his last moments in action defending the nation from traitors. He is survived by his wife and a 7 year-old daughter.

With Inputs from IANS

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Return to Jammu- A Novel About a Journey

The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a cantonment, growing up with two sisters, his mother's struggle to run the house on a tight budget and his father, a happy-go-lucky man, who avoids the responsibilities of a good husband.

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He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father's transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.
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This is the engrossing tale of Balan, a kid from South India who grows up in the towns of Punjab, Jammu and Haryana. It captures the eventful journey of Balan’s childhood, his schooling, and the friends he makes and loses due to transfers of his father, serving in the Indian Army.

“Return to Jammu” is a first-person narration and with the timelines, places and real-life personalities and events, the reader gets a feeling that it is an autobiographical novel. The author clarifies that all characters and the story per se are fictional but confesses to borrowing liberally from many episodes of his childhood in telling the story.

“If you happen to be acquainted with me enough to perceive a passing resemblance of me in Balan, you would be right; and yet if you find the resemblance rather tenuous and liberally adulterated, you will be equally right too,” says the author in a preliminary note.

Settled in Jammu, Balan is admitted into grade two, though just four years and seven months old. He remains younger and tinier than his peer group all through his schooling and even in college.
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Balan, son of a junior commissioned officer hailing from Kerala and having Tamilian roots, is born in the Ambala cantonment in 1954. He narrates his story even before his birth, relying on family tellings.

The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a cantonment, growing up with two sisters, his mother’s struggle to run the house on a tight budget and his father, a happy-go-lucky man, who avoids the responsibilities of a good husband.

He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father’s transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.

Settled in Jammu, Balan is admitted into grade two, though just four years and seven months old. He remains younger and tinier than his peer group all through his schooling and even in college. Because of his diminutive size, he is saddled with sobriquets like pocket edition, Lilliputian and Madrasi, and sees his self-esteem falling dangerously.

He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father's transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.
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It’s at Satwari near Jammu that he develops childhood friendship with many, most importantly with Jeevan Asha or Jeesha, who was two years older and also taller than him. Soon, however, Balan’s father is again transferred to Ambala and he is separated from his friends, especially Jeesha. He writes letters to his friends and receives responses from all, except Jeesha.

Overcoming all odds and with hard work, Balan completes his studies and joins the State Bank of India. Now a confident young man, he works hard and finally makes it to the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. (It was at IIM, Ahmedabad, that the author taught finance.)

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There he comes across a girl called Jasmine Pundith. He believes she is his good old buddy Jeesha. Bu she shows no sign of recognition and when he tries to remind her about their childhood friendship, Jasmine tells him that she is a citizen of the US and has no link with Jammu.

Convinced that she is none other than Jeesha, Balan travels to Delhi to find out more about her family. He even returns to Jammu, where he meets her brother Niranjan. What Balan comes to know from him forms the climax of the story.

The book is worth a read also for the author’s eye for detail, whether it is canal system of Jammu, the picturesque Kashmir valley, especially Uri, the pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi, or a visit by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. (IANS)