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The Indian Army, today, is honouring Colonel Santosh Mahadik who succumbed to bullet wounds received during a fierce gunbattle with terrorists in the forests of Kupwara in north Kashmir.

Academic and humanitarian discourse aside, we need Col Santosh Mahadik and all our people who serve the ‘nation’. The nation is us. The nation is made of you, me and hundreds of the order of Col Santosh Mahadik.

The debate of need of armed forces on our borders is merely academic as, in the times when rogue states like Pakistan are amassing nuclear warheads and threaten to use them every day, we can’t afford to ‘debate’ and experiment.

Because, seriously, Siachin and Kashmir are not central universities holding seminars. Nor do the infiltrators and terrorists come there to present papers.

Col Santosh MahadikI have always maintained that each one of us is contributing towards nation building. Be it my farmer father working with a spade in his fields, a teacher educating kids, a banker calculating the interest rate in his office or a person with an Insas in Siachin, we are all stakeholders in nation’s progress.

The Orwellian quote goes, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” On a positive interpretation, I have always maintained that even when these men in uniform chose to take arms as a career, they are “more equal than others” who are farming, teaching or working as a journalist.

Simple thing is, an unedited headline would not tear flesh off your shoulders or as you sleep, you won’t be watched by two snow leopards on your door.

If you don’t like your job you leave it, but here are these men in uniform who choose to join duty as soon as they are out of the bed after being hit by bullets and shrapnel.

Debate as much as you can but Col Santosh Mahadik died for us. They always die for us. They don’t die for recognition. In a practical world which isn’t a seminar on the need of borders, armed forces are a necessity. Debate is also necessary to elevate the human thought process as a whole, but this is not the time.

The least we can have for them is respect. You or I can’t understand the pain these families go through. A father may be proud of his son’s death, a wife can hold her tears while speaking about the martyred valiant man she always found by her side, but the pain always stays.

Pride doesn’t wipe pain.

Taking pride in our men is our gratitude but at the same time we must try to understand the pain and share it. Pain needs to be shared. Pain needs to be conveyed. Pain needs to be understood.

Col Santosh Mahadik lives as do hundreds of our men in uniform who left defending the boundaries. They always live with our present and guard our future. 

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  • DeeKay Don

    I share, what SSP KUPWARA, J & K had to say abt him…

    I know colonel Santosh
    As a person grounded to reality Hv
    He was passionate about social and political developments and like an intellect had deep insight
    He would believe in the role of his institution in changing the outlook of society
    He wanted to do something for changing the mindset of public towards the army and would indulge in certain activities strange to his institution
    He organised trekking tours with youth and would often talk of integrating the army occupied scenic spots with those areas quite known on tourism map
    He would see a great potential in tourism and believed army could lead in promoting tourism in border areas particularly those on LC
    He had made a beautiful documentary on the scenic spots of Lolab valley
    He had not only an eye for beauty but he had also a heart of a gentleman
    He wanted to change the outlook of his forces and make them morale and humane
    He would organise brainstorming sessions with troops and would invite general public to deliberate on the ills of society
    A morally upright person he would bring people of expertise for interaction with troops and public
    Sessions on attitudenal transformation would be organised and the result was a cordial relationship with the other agencies and public at large

    He would believe in the process of change he felt was emerging in the society
    He would offer a helping hand to the needy
    A great Samaritan people would expect help from him and he would always acquiesce
    As a soldier he would lead from front
    He had great stamina and would walk uphill like on Plains
    He had a carved out physique of Bruce lee yet he was soft in demeanour
    He possessed a smiling countenance and mesmerising personality and
    He would never look fatigued and give thums up to whatever assignment
    A brave soldier and a great buddy he would always invite to his camp for meals and sight seeing
    In the operation which consumed his life he never looked back
    He pursued and pushed the militants
    He wished to bring laurels to army and brought it with supreme sacrifice
    I salute his personality
    And wish him paradise.. I have lost a brother
    RIP Santosh, many more are der to carry on d flag. Jai Hind.

  • DeeKay Don

    I share, what SSP KUPWARA, J & K had to say abt him…

    I know colonel Santosh
    As a person grounded to reality Hv
    He was passionate about social and political developments and like an intellect had deep insight
    He would believe in the role of his institution in changing the outlook of society
    He wanted to do something for changing the mindset of public towards the army and would indulge in certain activities strange to his institution
    He organised trekking tours with youth and would often talk of integrating the army occupied scenic spots with those areas quite known on tourism map
    He would see a great potential in tourism and believed army could lead in promoting tourism in border areas particularly those on LC
    He had made a beautiful documentary on the scenic spots of Lolab valley
    He had not only an eye for beauty but he had also a heart of a gentleman
    He wanted to change the outlook of his forces and make them morale and humane
    He would organise brainstorming sessions with troops and would invite general public to deliberate on the ills of society
    A morally upright person he would bring people of expertise for interaction with troops and public
    Sessions on attitudenal transformation would be organised and the result was a cordial relationship with the other agencies and public at large

    He would believe in the process of change he felt was emerging in the society
    He would offer a helping hand to the needy
    A great Samaritan people would expect help from him and he would always acquiesce
    As a soldier he would lead from front
    He had great stamina and would walk uphill like on Plains
    He had a carved out physique of Bruce lee yet he was soft in demeanour
    He possessed a smiling countenance and mesmerising personality and
    He would never look fatigued and give thums up to whatever assignment
    A brave soldier and a great buddy he would always invite to his camp for meals and sight seeing
    In the operation which consumed his life he never looked back
    He pursued and pushed the militants
    He wished to bring laurels to army and brought it with supreme sacrifice
    I salute his personality
    And wish him paradise.. I have lost a brother
    RIP Santosh, many more are der to carry on d flag. Jai Hind.

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Won’t mind crossing border to protect Kashmir: Rajnath

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board

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Mr. Singh mentioned the Indian brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims in India and mentioned strict action against Pakistan terror aids to India in his Kashmir speech
Rajnath Singh went harsh on Pakistan in his Kashmir speech
  • Union minister Rajnath Singh said that Kashmir is India’s
  • He said he’ll cross borders if he has to
  • He also praised Indian army for their services towards the nation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

Rajnath praises indian army for its services.

He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

“Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Rajnath Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

Kashmir is ours and ours only, says Rajnath. delhinewsagency.com

He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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“We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said.

The Home Minister said the government never differentiated between the children in Kashmir and those in the other parts of the country.

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board. Rajnath Singh also highlighted the government’s efforts in dealing with Maoists.

Anything to protect Kashmir: Home minister, Rajnath.

“The battle against Naxals can’t be won through bullets. We are taking several developmental initiatives in this direction. We are trying to reach those areas which have remained unreachable since independence.

“Naxalism was a huge problem for India but in the last four years we have now achieved major success in that space.”