Indian Army Major Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, has been awarded with the Chief Of Army Staff Commendation Card by Bipin Rawat on his brave and deliberate efforts in countering the insurgent operations in the valley.
How did this start?
During the Lok Sabha by-election in Srinagar, on 9th April 2017 where ITPB personnel and polling staff in Utligam were surrounded by 1200 people, including women and children who were protesting and pelting stones on these staff members. In order to handle the situation, Major Leetul reported to the spot and realised with this arrival, the situation got worse and then he was forced to take strict actions against these peltors. His act was simple enough which reflects his presence of mind in that stressful situation – He tied a man named Farooq Dar Ahmed on the bonnet of his Jeep as a human shield.
Why after one month, this story is trending as headlines?
Because Major Leetul has been awarded and even got clean chit as Army officials didn’t find anything wrong. As they felt it was the need of the hour! Major Leetul has also given a statement that, “Had I not done that, the situation would have caused 10-12 severe casualties in the area”
Here, the crucial question is, How would you react if 1200 Kashmiris were attacking you and pelting stones at you and your team. Put yourself in that situation and think how you would have reacted ?
Before making any justification on his decision, remember Safe guarding the democracy of this youth oriented nation is the primary role of Army officers and in order to completely justify their role, they can cross any limits, be it across borders, or be it fighting with their “own” Indians.
There are many questions which are still unanswered–
- What was the root cause of this act?
- Will the impact of this act will be limited to this act only?
- What could have been the possible casualties if this decision was not taken?
- Does the excessive intervention of outsiders caused blindness in our Kashmiri youth?
- Why after tieing Farooq on the bonnet, Kashmiris stopped their “nationalist” game?
- Why does Hypocrisy lie in our decision when the role of Indian Army comes into the picture, we want them to protect us but why do we impose conditions on their work then?
All this happens due to a single reason, the lack of trust and belongingness the people of Kashmir have on Indian Army.
Social media plays a crucial role in allowing youth to exercise their freedom of speech and expression on public platforms and due to this reason citizens are divided between right and wrong.
What Major Leetul did, was the need of the hour!
Our Indian Army is not leaving any stone untruned in protecting and guarding this 1.2 billion democractic people but their efforts need recognition, and such a recognition was provided by Chief Army Officer Bipin Rawat by handling over a commendation certificate to the Major. Such recognition motivates our Indian Army to push their limits and they don’t listen to any bureaucrat or political leader while serving the nation at their best!
Hence, we at Indians News, strongly support this decision of Indian Army and motivate them to go ahead with these sudden surprises!