Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Kargil Vijay Diwas..

It's the 17th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. The Indian armed forces had shown their overall supremacy 17 years back when young men showed what individuals could do to protect their motherland against all odds. Major Vikram Batra, itching to get more Pakistani scalps, had said, "Yeh dil maange more!" and that was the battle cry. Sadly, he fell to the enemy's bullets subsequently after recapturing the Tololing Point. There were many like him who'd laid down their lives and today's the moment when all Indians must pause to acknowledge their acts of bravery to reiterate the fact that, "They gave their today for your tomorrow."

My salutes to each one of them along with my tears and prayers.

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The funeral of Cdr RP Katyal took place in NOIDA, today at 1030 hrs. I said a small prayer for him at that time. His daughter must be helped to secure a job at the earliest. Action has been initiated and the momentum shall pick up once the ceremonies come to an end. That's the least one can do for one's friend!

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Tied up all the loose ends for taking mom to her doctor for the quarterly medical review at Kochi. The doctor has been informed, George has been told to reach 'The Quarterdeck' by 5 to 7, so that we could kick off by 7 as she's gonna be Mathew Abraham's first patient for the day, at 9.

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The debris of the missing AN 32 aircraft has been sighted, finally. It's a long tedious work that might not fetch immediate results but I can understand the agony of the families of the missing personnel whose hopes that they'd return have slowly receded to a desperation that they should be able to get back the bodies at least - in fact, anything that connects them to their beloved ones! I'd seen similar reactions way back in '79, when I was in charge of a rescue operation and we'd searched a massive area, sweeping the sea floor with the nets of three pairs of fishing trawlers, pressed for the purpose, off Kochi. Ships of the IN and the sophisticated ocean going research vessels were also involved in the overall search.


Tomorrow is gonna be a long day!      

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