I had been to Town yesterday (area of the Mumbai attacks), had to be there, to see where our soldiers spent 4 sleepless nights fighting for our safety. I had to be there, as I saw in each one of them, my brother, who was once in Indian Army and sacrificed his life for his country. I had to be there, as I am not in forces and want to salute those who are.

There was a candle march, where 100’s of young kids with their parents were shouting slogans asking for better political machinery, thanking our forces, and asking for localized NSG unit. I am with them in all this…completely, But….

…But I want to ask each one who was there on the streets asking for justice, that while they are asking the govt to do their bit right, are they willing to do their bit for the nation?

I want to ask all those young boys who were walking asking for the nation to come together, will they leave the comfort of their father’s house and be willing to join the Army? I want to ask every parent on the street yesterday, if they will encourage their son in school today to try for NDA? and if need be lay down their lives for the sake of nation. I want to ask all those who are about to start their career, will they want to write the CDS exams and fight for our nation instead of dropping idea to join IIM and have a fancy corporate job? I want to ask all those unmarried girls there, if they were willing to give up the comfort of their plush homes in south Bombay and get settled with an Army officer, and move city to city every 3-4 years with a new posting? I want to ask all those who seek defence protection, if they are ready to be part of defence, and fill in the increasing shortfall of manpower in the Army / Defence Forces?

It is one thing demanding for army to be based next to you, to guard you 24/7 just because you pay taxes too, and it is another thing, to have courage to be part of it, by sending your Son / Brother /Husband / Father to guard the border, when you know that one bullet can change your lives for ever.

I want to ask, are you willing to do your bit for the country? Are you willing to join the Armed Forces?

3 thoughts on “Are you willing to do your bit for the nation? Are you willing to join Army/Defence Forces?

  1. I would not join the army and I wouldn’t like to be married to someone in the armed forces. But you are absolutely right. It’s very easy to ask for things but difficult if you have to actually produce those. It’s also no real consolation to go out and clap and cheer these mean. It’s a feel good moment that will disappear soon. These people have to get paid properly. They have to get some real respect and not just when someone dies or when they go into a dangerous situation. At all times we must honour those who are ready to die for this country. When I read the first couple of lines I was thinking ‘shes should have given me a call’ then realized that I am under house arrest for a few more days so could not have joined you.

  2. Very well written…. Unless people wake up to such a fact and are ready to send their children to the forces, nothing will really change…. It is a call which has to come from within.Maybe compulsory military training is one answer, maybe for civilians to be affiliated to at least one of the paramilitary forces and answer the call of duty when it arises….And this duty certainly doesn’t absolve by paying few thousands as taxes…. There’s no price for sacrifice.

  3. @ Deepali – Well for your echoed lot of my thots on how these guys deserve the honor all thru the year and not when we see the act thru media…@ Saunak – You have talked about something that I have spent hours talking to myself on how and why few year in school should be mandatory military training. I am so passionate about it as I come from that back ground, seen my father, uncles, aunt’s husband’s, brothers, cousins, just about every body in family in one of the defence services, and hence am influenced, what about a civilian? With no influence of defence, not all will get motivated or understand the pride in wearing the uniform. Once you expose the kid to the training, then it is his choice to pursue further or not…but many kids grow and move with their lives not knowing the importance or pride of being in forces.

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