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For many years, troops have been carrying pregnant women and other critically sick individuals to hospitals on foot in J&K throughout the winter months. Residents in far-flung locations have just one hope, which is Army soldiers or other security force jawans who are stationed in their communities throughout the year.
A video clip recently went popular on social media showing Indian Army soldiers carrying a pregnant woman to a hospital on their shoulders through thick snowfall in north Kashmir's Uri region. Locals from Ghagar Hill hamlet in Boniyar had requested the assistance of an Army unit in their region to transport a pregnant woman to the hospital. In the middle of severe snowstorm, the jawans carried the woman 6.5 kilometres to the local health centre on their shoulders.
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An Army evacuation team took another pregnant woman on a stretcher from snowbound Ramnagri village to the district hospital in south Kashmir's Shopian district.
Three patients were flown to Kupwara by BSF jawans from the snow-covered Tangdhar sector. During the winter, snowfall and mud slides block the road, cutting Tangdhar off for days at a time.
Apart from battling the Pakistan-sponsored insurgency, Army is helping the local people.DW/wikipedia
Always in the foreground
Apart from battling the Pakistan-sponsored insurgency, security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir have always been at the forefront of helping the local people. During the winter months, the Army is frequently called upon to assist civil government in reaching out to populations living in hilly locations. The army and other security personnel have never turned down a request. Even if residents contact security forces directly for help, it is given to them without any suggestion from local authorities since local commanders do not want people to be caught up in wrangles.
The security forces' people-friendly attitude has helped them win the hearts of the public. In severe conditions, the people of Jammu and Kashmir rely significantly on the security forces.
Local Army troops stationed in remote locations continue to organise medical and other camps for the local populace. In the winter, these groups also distribute rations, clothing, blankets, and quilts to the locals so that they are prepared to face the harsh cold.
Army of the People
Pakistan and its supporters in Jammu and Kashmir have sought over the last thirty years to portray the Indian Army and other Central military forces as "occupational troops," but their falsehoods and deception have failed. In J&K, the security forces have developed good ties with the local population. Officers and jawans have always been accessible for the ordinary guy, whatever the odds. They have safeguarded him from militants and guaranteed that anytime a civilian is in need, the armed forces are quick to respond.
Security personnel has harmed terrorists and their superiors on the other side of the Line of Control.Northlines/wikipedia
The Army has saved individuals from accident sites and averted a village fire from destroying the entire hamlet in the past. Soldiers and civilians have formed a deep relationship. Residents of J&K's trust in security personnel has harmed terrorists and their superiors on the other side of the Line of Control. Many citizens have been identified as security force informants and assassinated by ultras during the last 30 years.
There was a period when terrorist organisations would issue edicts to the public, instructing them not to visit security forces camps or attend their programmes. The general public, on the other hand, resisted the pressure and maintained a friendly relationship with the security services.
A normal citizen in J&K has demonstrated that ultras are not their allies by assisting security forces in combating militancy. Ultras' main goal is to disturb people's life and kill people in order to wage Pakistan's proxy war.
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A ordinary citizen in J&K was unable to express his thoughts openly until August 5, 2019, when the Centre declared its plan to abolish J&K's special status and partition it into two Union Territories. However, nationalist voices have gotten more prominent in the last two years. They're calling a spade a spade and admitting who is their ally and who is their adversary.
The security forces have always had a human face and a large heart. When an earthquake struck Kashmir in 2005, it destroyed villages, hamlets, and cities, but the security forces sheltered civilians in their camps and assisted them in reconstructing their houses.
When the biggest floods in Kashmir's history struck in 2014, central armed personnel, including the Indian Air Force, were among the first to reach out to the stranded civilians. The security forces used their boats and men to help residents get out of the waterlogged parts of Kashmir. Thousands of people were evacuated and transported to safer locations by IAF aircraft.
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A major tragedy was averted after a joint team of the police, CRPF and the army detected and defused a 5kg IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday, officials said.
Officials said that they acted on a specific input about the IED planted on the Neva Srinagar road and started an operation. The IED was defused by the bomb disposal squad on the spot, added the officials.
"Pulwama Police averted major tragedy. Acting on specific information Pulwama Police along with 50 RR & 183 BN CRPF found an IED of approx. 5kg assembled in a container planted on Newa Srinagar road. However, BD squad of Police & Army destroyed it on spot," police said in a tweet.
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A case has been registered and police have started the investigation. (IANS/SP)
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By Saibal Gupta
History was created on December 16, 1971 when a free Bangladesh emerged after the surrender of Pakistani armed forces in Dhaka but very people know that on the next day, a 29-year-old unarmed Indian Army officer single-handedly saved the family of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman including his daughter Sheikh Hasina - the present Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Colonel Ashok Kumar Tara (retd), Vir Chakra, who was only then 29 years old, was entrusted with the job of rescuing Sheikh Mujib's family, sequestered in their home in Dhanmondi, from the clutches of the Pakistani Army. Sheikh Mujib was himself in a jail in then west Pakistan, having been arrested and flown out in the crackdown under Pakistan Army's "Operation Searchlight" earlier that year.
"They (the family) were kept in house arrest at a place called Dhanmondi in Dhaka. I went to the place with only two soldiers and I didn't have any arms," Col Tara told IANS in an interview.
Recounting the incident, he said: "I understood one thing that if I went with arms and many soldiers, then the Pakistani Army might get scared and start firing on the people. This might cause harm to the family. There were 12 people. I took the risk and went there on December 17 at 9 a.m.
"I decided to face the Pakistanis with my guts and wits. I left my weapon with my 2 jawans and told them to stay behind. I, alone without a weapon, moved towards the house. I reached near the house and asked if there was anyone. They (the soldiers there) replied in Punjabi and being a Punjabi, I can understand the language. They told me to stop or otherwise, they will fire," Tara said.
"I told them I am an army officer and have come to tell you that the Pakistani Army has surrendered. They did not believe it and in response, they abused me in nasty language, but I kept quiet as I knew what my task is, what my aim is. I later again told them to understand the situation, by chance, by luck an Indian helicopter flew over the house. I immediately told them to look at the helicopter... 'Have you ever seen an Indian helicopter over your head', I asked. They were impressed but said they will ask their senior officers about the surrender," he recalled.
Col Ashok Kumar Tara (left) with the family of Mujibur Rahman (centre).Photo by Flickr
“During that time, I was just at the gate, the bayonet of the rifle was touching the right side of my body. I told them there was no communication, as the telephone lines had been cut. I told them if you delay, the Mukti Bahini will come, and the Indian Army will come and kill you. Your family, which is waiting in Pakistan, will not be able to meet you and what will happen to your body, you can't imagine," he said.
"This talk continued for 25 minutes. They even fired at the house. I was unmoved and told them this will not impact me because it will damage you more than me. You are 12 people, you all will be killed and never reach your home. If you surrender, I, as an Indian Army officer, promise you that I will take you to the headquarters so that you could reach your home in Pakistan. Somehow, they agreed and surrendered."
"I then opened the door of the house, and the first lady who came out was the wife of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. She embraced me and said 'you are my son and God has sent you to save us'. She was followed by, Sheikh Hasina with her 3-year-old son Rasul and her sister," he said.
In October 2012, he was invited to Bangladesh to be bestowed with an award by Sheikh Hasina. The award was the honour of 'Friend of the Liberation War'.
"There has been some correspondence, the High Commission in Delhi always invites me for ceremonies," he said, adding that during her 2017 India visit, Sheikh Hasina met Tara and exchanged pleasantries.
Asked about the India-Bangladesh relationship, Tara said: "The relations immediately after the war were very close. But after three years, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated and then during the military rule, the relationship was in a bad shape. However, when present PM Sheikh Hasina came back to power, the relationship became very good again. The present government also wants a very good relationship with them. There is a brotherhood between the two nations. PM Narendra Modi has said this number of times.
"At present, the relationship is very good and I wish that such relationship carries on." (IANS/JB)
(Keywords: India, Bangladesh, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, History, Ashok Kumar Tara, Soldier, Army)
US President Joe Biden's approval rating has fallen to the lowest level over his handling of the economy, Covid-19 pandemic and gun violence, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll. The survey revealed that Americans have named surging inflation as their top concern, Xinhua news agency.
According to the poll, 28 per cent of Americans approved of Biden's handling of inflation, while a majority at 69 per cent, disapproved. The President has witnessed a drop in approval rates in his handling of the economic recovery, with 41 per cent of Americans approving his handling in December, compared to 47 per cent back in October.
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Disapproval rates of Biden's handling of the economy also jumped. Fifty-seven per cent of Americans surveyed disapproved of his handling of the economy, compared to the 53 per cent in October.
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As the new Omicron Covid variant is spreading across the country, resulting in renewed mask mandates, travel restrictions and booster shots, the President took a significant hit in Americans' faith in his handling of the pandemic.
According to the poll, 28 per cent of Americans approved of Biden's handling of inflation, while a majority at 69 per cent, disapproved.Unsplash
While a majority of Americans (53 per cent) still approve of Biden's response, 45 per cent disapprove, marking a nearly 20-percentage point drop from March, when 72 per cent backed his response.
His approval rating slid in his handling of gun violence and crime, as the US has experienced a surge in gun-related violence and deaths this year. Biden faced a 7-percentage point drop in his handling of both issues since October. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden's handling of gun violence, while 32 per cent approve, the ABC News/Ipsos poll found.
US has experienced a surge in gun-related violence and deaths this year.Unsplash
Only 36 per cent of Americans approve of his handling of crime while 61 per cent disapprove. Both approval numbers are the lowest since Biden took office this January. The poll was conducted from December 10 to 11, among a random sample of 524 Americans, with a margin of error of 5 per cent. (IANS/SP)
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