The Other Side
One of my friends, who is an officer in the Indian Army, recently posted this article on Facebook. It has been written by one of his close friends.
No denying the fact that the course taken by the Army officers in this case was not the best one, neither the wisest. But a careful analysis of the facts will reveal that the belligerents were all young officers in their early twenties. When these officers initially introduced themselves as ‘Army Officers’ all it implied was that they deserved to be treated in a dignified manner, they really were not asking for too much. These men spend months and years of their lives in god forsaken places guarding our frontiers or training- totally aloof from civilization, the only communication to the outside world being occasional letters from near and dear ones. So when a person declares himself as an ‘Army personnel’ it does not mean that he considers himself above rule of law, it only means-
- Expect me not be conversant with the changes that have taken place recently or new signboards that you may have put.
- I will someday put my life in peril for you and all my countrymen, expecting nothing but respect and gratitude in return.
- I put my life so often in peril that I know no fear (often misinterpreted as arrogance).