Let’s also salute all the soldiers who took part in “Operation Cyclone” and saved many lives and brought back cheers to our kids!
Rudyard Kipling, the much controversial poet had brilliantly written the following epitaph for a dead soldier,
“If any question why we died,
Tell them because our fathers lied”
These bitter word written after WW I, were written in agony because, the poet thought that if they had lived, they would have corrected the errors of the generation that preceded them.
I think that it wont be improper if we replaced the word “’fathers”’ with “politicians” to make the statement more explicit. Had Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, Sandeep Unnikrishnan or any of the others lived, they would have tried to rectify the mistakes of our politicians!
Once again, let me salute the soldiers by remembering the following quote:
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian