January 27th, 2016
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■ Welcoming their Hero
‘A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.’
The memories of the terrorist attack from Pathankot airbase in Punjab on 2nd January are still fresh in our minds. Among the many stories of Pathankot, one was thirty-five-year-old NSG commando Naik Rajesh Negi. Pathankot operation left him with multiple injuries and an impaired vision. His father shares, “During the operation, a grenade was lobbed at the NSG team in which Negi and his colleagues suffered injuries. He has suffered 8-9 injuries on his body and has impaired vision after a splinter pierced his left eye.”
■ Awaiting State Government’s recognition
The recognition and reception that followed Negi’s return to his home in Ghaziabad (U.P.) after the 3-day gun battle at Pathankot was a pleasant sight in itself. The residents’ welfare association of his area had planned to felicitate him at the Republic Day celebrations. The locals are hopeful that the State Government would honor his efforts too.
■ A family who have sacrificed and served
Naik’s father proudly says, “I am proud of my son as he did not let his nation down. Our family has given several men to serve in the army.” Rajesh’s father retired from the army while one of his younger brothers, Naik Uttam Singh, died in the 1999 Kargil operation. Another younger brother is currently serving in the army.One can see the legacy of courage and bravery that is there in the family when his mother, undeterred by his son’s injuries, is ready to send him back on the ground soon – “We are happy to have our son back but we also feel deeply for those who lost lives in the attack. I wish he recovers well and goes back to serve his unit.”
The Logical Indian applauds the small yet significant step taken by the community to honour our real heroes. But we should not forget that there’s still a long way to go. Our soldiers are not recognised and valued enough for their selfless efforts and hardships to keep us safe. We also want to take this moment to thank the fearless fathers and mothers of our nation who readily teach and allow their precious children to fight for the nation. For every safe night that we sleep at our homes in bed, we must not forget to thank our soldiers at the border.