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Sentinels of peace

Jammu and Kashmir is facing its worst natural catastrophe in 60 years. Besieged and isolated, the state with all possible help from the defence forces and the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) has evacuated more than 20,000 people from areas where flood water has completely submerged their homes. In the process, nine soldiers of the Indian army were washed away and only seven could be rescued, after their boat capsised in Pulwama district in Kashmir.

What does this reflect of our armed forces? It reflects that no matter what the nature of the calamity hitting us, our defence forces are always on the anvil. Their courage and deftness to handle such delicate situations remain exemplary.  They need the least time to plan and strategise and usually they chalk out their plans of action in ravaged disaster hit areas. They don’t have the comforts of an air conditioned lounge and their sense of positive belief, even when staring in the mouth of death cannot be comprehended in mere words. They are so constrained to take crucial decisions at the sight of the accident that they are not left with any choices than to go for the kill always.

Remember the Uttarakhand flash floods of 2013? Had it not been the combined efforts of our military and para-military forces, the number of causalities reported could have been unassailable. They are certainly not lesser human beings who, because of their nature of work, are usually called upon only when terrible tragedy has struck. Let’s not forget they are life givers, care providers and in spite of their own mental and physical turmoils they are expected to think and act sanely in the best interest of the nation. It’s time to pay them the dues. The world should indeed be indebted to these selfless warriors of humanity.
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