‘If I don’t, who will save him?’ pondered Shershah amidst the chaos.
His mind buzzed with rapid-fire thoughts.
‘It’s not a choice really’ he reassured himself & jumped into the crossfire.
‘Get up, you have to make it’ Shershah yelled repeatedly from above.
For the first time in his life, the body disobeyed the mind.
Gyanban Thoughts – What were you doing in the summer of 99? Think about the time you were 24 years old. What fun were you having ? What pleasant memories you have about those delirious parties, innocent romances the thrill of your first salary check perhaps.
And then think about Captain Vikram Batra,24, died saving his men in the battlefield. Posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra, nations highest military honour, while we hummed to the tune of Yeh Dil Maangey more( my heart wants more) the popular cola advert.! Ironically this became the war cry for Captain Vikram Batra.
Nick-named Sher Shah (King of Lions) for his unflinching courage, he was killed when he tried to rescue an injured officer in the battled field. Think about his mindset before he took that decision to jump into an obvious hazardous cross-fire.
And I think to myself - When was the last time you did something brave? Something selfless? Something that does not amount to any benefit to you ?
Captain Batra – True courage needs no adjectives. Salute.