Matter Three terrorists in police uniform stormed into the premises of 166 Medium Regiment Unit on Tuesday in Nagrota, Jammu. They triggered fierce gun battles during early hours, threw grenades and fired indiscriminately at the entry on the main gate of the regiment facing the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir and Major Akshay Girish Kumar who led the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were killed along with seven other jawans.
There was another gunfight 70 km away from Nagrota where three infiltrators were killed, and a senior BSF officer and five jawans were injured near Chamliyal area of Samba sector. The operation in Chamliyal was over quickly, but the gun battle at Nagrota continued for twelve hours.
The militants also entered two buildings housing the officers and families of the Army unit to take the families, hostage. The buildings were located three km away from the headquarters of the XVI Corps. The wives of the two army officers showed exemplary courage by blocking the entry of their quarters with all the household items which made it difficult for the terrorists to break in. Twelve soldiers, two women and two babies were successfully rescued, as reported by NDTV.
The militants also threw grenades in the officer’s mess and while countering them initially three soldiers and one officer of the Army were killed.
Militants The bodies of three gunmen were recovered, and operations are in progress to sanitise the entire area. The army said that five to six heavily armed militants arrived at the camp base in a Maruti car and started a fire and lobbing grenades at the sentries at the main gate, as reported by The Hindustan Times.
Sources have said that the militants were from Pakistan which was indicative from the seizure of some Pakistan-made items like the packet of biscuits made in Pakistan, medicines and bandages, rope, scent bottles, wire cutter apart from arms, ammunition, and explosives, as reported by The Indian Express.
Latest Updates Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed on this attack by Manohar Parrikkar, The Defence Minister and Dalbir Singh, The Army Chief Manager.
No civilians were targeted in this attack. Following this attack, the administration has shut all the schools in the cantonment located nearby National Highway 1A
As of this morning, combing operations are still going on on day three.
Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir’s remains have been transferred to his hometown Pandharpur in Maharashtra as per ANI.
PTI reports that three AK-47 rifles, some magazines and grenades, were found along with a note, near one of the attack sites. The note was written in Urdu read “Afzal Guru shaheed ke inteqaam ki ek aur kisht” which meant that the attacks were to avenge the death of Afzal Guru.
The Indian Express also reported that there were CCTVs at the toll plaza about 4km from the artillery camp close to XVI Corps. They could have helped provide clues about the movements of the terrorists. Unfortunately they were switched off few weeks ago after they stopped collecting tolls post demonetisation announcement.
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.