Was Kargil BJP’s war?

Ten years down the line, on July 26, Kargil borders saw the last of Pakistanis when Indian Army thrashed them badly and pushed them back into the badlands of Pakistan. This war was fought on the high mountainous regions of Kargil, Drass, Batalik and Mushkoh valley. The Pakis had all the higher points and the Indians started the assault from ground zero. Looking at those mountains, one can very well imagine how difficult it was for our soldiers to get back the peaks.

Himachalis were in the fore-front of this war. A total of 52 soldiers laid down their lives defending the borders. Notably, Capt. Saurav Kalia, one of the first casualty of the war and then the PVC Capt. Vikram Batra and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar are some of the names one can never forget. Capt. Batra’s war cry of ‘Yeh Dil Mange More’ from the peaks of point 5140 is something which generations will never forget. The Lion of Palampur has epitomized his name for centuries.

10 years later the nation remembers it heroes and the war as a passing remembrance. It took the Defense forces to organize a function at Drass to make people remember there was a war forced on us. The political class remembers this occasion with a faltering guilt. For the Congress, it was a BJP’s war! For once when there was protest from the family members of the dead soldiers did the Govt. came out with some customary statement. Still the Prime Minister of India did not deem it fit to grace the function at Drass. Though he did attend the ceremony in Delhi. 527 of the best, brave and handsome men laid their lives for the country but the prime minister or the defence minister could not find time from their schedules to be a part of the ceremony at Drass. Not that these men need a certificate from our political class for their bravery but the families are left wondering what for they lost their dear ones?

Apart from our own political establishment, the Indian press always gives a red carpet treatment whenever Pervez Musharrf visits India or gives a sound bite on this war or Kashmir. While every Indian television plays the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ with him each year, no print and TV media has bothered to publicize Capt. Saurabh Kalia’s parents pleading of the torture faced by their son in captivity. Eventually his body was returned mutilated. This amounts to treachery by the much revered Indian press. Is this why our brave lads gave their lives?

Was this really a BJP’s war? Do we remember our soldiers only in times of war. Is this how a society and a nation pay homage to the brave. I am not sure!!

Some pictures of Kargil and Drass ten years later

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18 Responses to "Was Kargil BJP’s war?"

  1. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    This is called moral decline and it has worse after effects on masses slowly but steadily. Being a representative of masses our ministers should oblige such occasions where sentiments of masses are attached to. It could create a disturbing affect on morale of soldiers and create a feeling of hatred among kins of martyrs. Least expected from likes of senior political leaders of our country

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    • NITYIN   July 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

      Imagine the scenario if our armed forces get divided on political lines. The day doesn’t seem far the way our leaders are behaving. I see an Indian Pervez Musharraf on the horizon

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    • NITYIN   July 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

      Imagine the scenario if our armed forces get divided on political lines. The day doesn’t seem far the way our leaders are behaving. I see an Indian Pervez Musharraf on the horizon

      Reply
  2. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    This is called moral decline and it has worse after effects on masses slowly but steadily. Being a representative of masses our ministers should oblige such occasions where sentiments of masses are attached to. It could create a disturbing affect on morale of soldiers and create a feeling of hatred among kins of martyrs. Least expected from likes of senior political leaders of our country

    Reply
  3. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    This is called moral decline and it has worse after effects on masses slowly but steadily. Being a representative of masses our ministers should oblige such occasions where sentiments of masses are attached to. It could create a disturbing affect on morale of soldiers and create a feeling of hatred among kins of martyrs. Least expected from likes of senior political leaders of our country

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    • NITYIN   July 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

      Imagine the scenario if our armed forces get divided on political lines. The day doesn’t seem far the way our leaders are behaving. I see an Indian Pervez Musharraf on the horizon

      Reply
  4. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    on the day of anniversary there was an editorial by a writer in Hindustan times or times of India (cant remember precisely) where he emphasized on a show of unity the people of India had put forward during the times of Kargil war irrespective of their religion, caste, politics, etc. and it happened during the times when there was lot on instability on economic and political front.

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    • NITYIN   July 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      It is the political class which has always let India and the Indians down. This started way back. During 1962 war, Nehru and Krishna Menon were singing Panchsheel when Chinese had occupied Tibet and were eyeing Calcutta. The lessons still have not been learnt. While China has built railways in Tibet and can mobalise it’s army in weeks, we are still trying to build roads in Arunachal. The problem is political class has always taken it’s people and institutions like armed forces for granted. It is these very people who have kept the idea of India alive. Otherwise our leaders would have sold this country 100 times over.

      I think India is a nation by chance but demo(n)cracy by mistake!!

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  5. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    on the day of anniversary there was an editorial by a writer in Hindustan times or times of India (cant remember precisely) where he emphasized on a show of unity the people of India had put forward during the times of Kargil war irrespective of their religion, caste, politics, etc. and it happened during the times when there was lot on instability on economic and political front.

    Reply
  6. Abhishek Sharma   July 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    on the day of anniversary there was an editorial by a writer in Hindustan times or times of India (cant remember precisely) where he emphasized on a show of unity the people of India had put forward during the times of Kargil war irrespective of their religion, caste, politics, etc. and it happened during the times when there was lot on instability on economic and political front.

    Reply
    • NITYIN   July 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

      It is the political class which has always let India and the Indians down. This started way back. During 1962 war, Nehru and Krishna Menon were singing Panchsheel when Chinese had occupied Tibet and were eyeing Calcutta. The lessons still have not been learnt. While China has built railways in Tibet and can mobalise it’s army in weeks, we are still trying to build roads in Arunachal. The problem is political class has always taken it’s people and institutions like armed forces for granted. It is these very people who have kept the idea of India alive. Otherwise our leaders would have sold this country 100 times over.

      I think India is a nation by chance but demo(n)cracy by mistake!!

      Reply
  7. Rohit Sharma   August 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    May lord keep our race away from the evils of war !

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    • NITYIN   August 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

      Amen! But what about those who lost there young sons!!

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  8. Rohit Sharma   August 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    May lord keep our race away from the evils of war !

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  9. Rohit Sharma   August 7, 2009 at 5:25 am

    May lord keep our race away from the evils of war !

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    • NITYIN   August 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

      Amen! But what about those who lost there young sons!!

      Reply
  10. Abhishek   August 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    check this link. it should make us think again on what we boast about around the world, democracy and diversity.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Chinas-India-policy-Murder-with-borrowed-knives/articleshow/4884055.cms

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  11. Abhishek   August 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    check this link. it should make us think again on what we boast about around the world, democracy and diversity.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Chinas-India-policy-Murder-with-borrowed-knives/articleshow/4884055.cms

    Reply

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