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AN INSIGHT INTO THE PSYCHE OF THE ARMYMAN!
Mitu singh | 03 Oct 2008

Sounds something like a Military Coup, Isnt it? Something on lines of what we have witnessed often in our neighboring country, but completely unheard of in our great nation. It’s a matter of shame and such a behavior should be condemned!! How can these Chiefs who are responsible for safety and security of nation behave in such an irresponsible and revolutionary manner. They are just supposed to serve us QUIETLY!!

 
Hmmm ‘But’ wait a second..
 
Why are these guys making so much noise? Despite knowing what could be the consequences of speaking against a government, why are they still speaking out? It's not true to the character, which they have displayed for past six decades. But then, Why now?  Lets try and understand them.
 
Ever wondered, why a young boy freshly out of a school or college decides to join Defence forces? He knows for fact that this is not a well paying job. But still this young boy decides to go ahead. Why?.......Is he Crazy?
 
‘Yes’ I think, he is “Crazy”. One has to be Crazy to decide upon an unstable, disciplined, confined, constrained, tough and a risky carrier with “Peanuts” as pay package.
 
But look within him and you will notice that, he is a driven soul, something drives him to the point of being that crazy. All he wants to do is, to don that uniform and walk with his head held high with pride because he would be a soldier then. A soldier, ready to fight for the safety, integrity and sovereignty of his country and his countrymen, even ready to lay down his life, if it comes to that. He wants to shoulder that responsibility and feel proud of it. He wants to be a part of the “LAST BASTION OF THIS NATION”.
 
He willfully volunteers for a tougher life. When his peers working in the civil streets, after a hard days work, are having a good time in a pub or a discotheque or are busy chasing beautiful girls, this young lad of 21 yrs is leading his men in war or in Counter Insurgency operations with bullets flying awfully close to him. He might be flying a MIG-21 fighting a war in a place like Kargil, he might even be saving lives in some God forsaken flood ravaged area. He might be training for the war so that his countrymen can sleep, peacefully.
 
He goes through a “LOT” in his life and so does everyone else, related to him. Most of the times, he knows that his next step could be his last, he even knows that the meal that he is having could be his last. He knows that he might be looking at his loved ones for the last time as he departs for his duty. He even knows that, he might have spoken to his family for the last time, as he keeps the receiver down. There are a lot of such like things that he “Knows” but still, there are some which he does not know. For example, he does not know, what a Home really feels like. He does not know what his parents are going through in his absence, he can never be there for them. He can never be, beside his wife when she needs him the most. She is left all alone to fight her day to day battles all by herself, while he fights battles for the nation far…far away from her. She does not even know, when he will come home, or if he will come home wrapped up in a Tri Color. But, she is Brave, because he is Crazy and she knows that and she is proud of that fact. He would never know when his kid took his first steps, he would never know how he is growing each day, he would never know what being a father really means, because he is, but a visitor to his own home. Mostly he will reach home after his old parents have already passed away. He might be able to reach just in time to light up the Pyre. BUT……….despite, all that, he carries out his duties quietly and proudly and when the nation asks for a sacrifice of his life, he shouts Bravely and Loudly……“Bharat Mata Ki Jai” as he “Stares” straight into the face of his very death……………… No ‘Wonder’ he is CRAZY!!!!
 
What can describe our crazy man and the kinds of his, better than these lines from the famous poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson titled the “The Charge Of The Light Brigade”.
 
 
“SOMEONE HAD BLUNDER'D:
THEIR'S NOT TO MAKE REPLY,
THEIR'S NOT TO REASON WHY,
THEIR'S BUT TO DO AND DIE”
 
Sadly, the government is playing bureaucratic politics with this crazy man of ours. We have dishonoured his Commitment. Let’s not demean our “Crazy man” by conveying to him that the nation does not really care for him, that his life means, just another headline in the news paper. Let’s not demean him by making him beg for a better treatment, Which…..he deserves, beyond all doubts. He deserves it even more than we all do, because what he and his family really give to the Nation is beyond our comprehension. No doubt, we can never compensate completely for what he and his family continue to lose in their everyday life, but at least as nation loving patriotic citizens we can show him that we respect him for what he does for us. We have to stand by him now, as he stands by us in the ‘Need of the hour’. We have to speak out and get him what he is asking for and what is rightfully his, we have to restore his ‘Honour’ and ‘Pride’ and let him know “WE CARE”  
 
“WHEN CAN THEIR GLORY FADE?
O THE WILD CHARGE THEY MADE!
ALL THE WORLD WONDERED.
HONOR THE CHARGE THEY MADE,
HONOR THE LIGHT BRIGADE”