Abhinandan !! Abhinandan !!
As this name resonates in every Indian heart today- in India or miles away, I cannot but hold back tears of joy and victory as my heart fills up with gratitude. It all seems like such a big feat- a brave soldier comes back home. Feels like he is my own.
And indeed, he is. A son of my motherland. Such bravery, mindfulness, calmness and composure , in such adversity; In all the videos; and then again when he walks steadily, crossing one opened gate to come home to another- I cannot forget the un-deterred poise on his face.
Millions across the globe had eyes glued to gadget screens, all awaiting the home-coming of this braveheart.
The media’s portrayal of the journey of the 60 hours since he found himself out of bounds , comes back to my mind in flashes.
While we are united in applauding his heroism…. I wonder if we did right by him.
As a nation, as the very people He and soldiers like him stand guard for- did we really behave as we should have ?
While our Wing Commander stood alone amidst alien army-men and answered with undeterring confidence-“I am not supposed to tell you that” to anything that he didnt need to answer, we were busy posting videos of his family, his wife, his past and everything that would show up on news channels and news feeds. So much – we made viral a fake video of someone claiming to be his wife. Media zooming cameras outside his parent’s home to get a byte or a picture or just anything that would mark up their #BreakingNews.
While he crumpled and swallowed papers that belonged only to HIS motherland, we sold/bought/watched papers and news filled with analysis of his life so far and some with mighty predictions too.
Not everyone can be a war hero – a Soldier, a Pilot, or Navy seal.
Not all of us can be at the border, high up in the sky or in the waters protecting our nation.
Not all of us have the stomach to let one of our Kin fight not just enemies but extreme weather and terrain to guard our Tricolor.
No – most of us just can’t and we dont have to perhaps.
But what all of us can do is to atleast be responsible citizens. Ones who are worthy of that kind of service and sacrifice.
What we can do is wait to read a little about something before posting it or making it a #HashTag.
What we can do is be respectful of the kin and sentiments of these heroes.
What we can do is be more mindful of what we spread.
What we can do is show a little restraint and empathy for those grieving a hero.
Watching the video of his parents being allowed to disembark from their aircraft first and few other gestures like the one at the airport with soldiers, was assuring that there is a wave of change, yet there is a long long way to go.
Ofcourse we are generous when it comes to contributing to FundingLinks and that is great.But We have to do our bit to also create a ripple effect of what is mindful and rightful.
Let us each become a soldier of our motherland in the simplest and tiniest ways possible.
There are battles we can fight Without a Uniform and make ourselves worthy to those who fight for us in Uniforms.
Enjoy the weekend my fellow citizens-
I’ll leave you to this soulful piece from the movie Manikarnika- “Desh se hai Pyar toh har pal yeh kehna chahiye….. main rahoon ya na rahoon, Bharat yeh rehna chahiye”.
Signing off saying Jai Hind🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
Abhinandan !!! Abhinandan !!!
Har Veer Jawan ko Abhinanadan……
Har Veer Jawan ke balidaan ko Abhinandan……
Har VeerGati ko praapt Veer Jawan ko Abhinandan…..
Har Veer Jawan ke parivar ko Abhinandan…..
Har Veer Jawan ke parivar ke balidaan ko Abhinandan…..
Abhinandan ko Abhinandan…..
Abhinandan Ho Abhinandan !!!