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|by Anamika Banerjee|
Quarter to one at night and I just finished watching 'Lakshya, a movie that I had been wanting to see for quiet some time, mainly ever since my visit from Ladakh and yes, they have captured Ladakh beautifully on screen. As I write the word 'capture' in the previous line, my pen halts and my hand shakes a trifle at the intensity of the word (capture). The Pakistanis captured Tiger Hill and our soldiers had to fight to get it back (Kargil War 1999). As I write my thoughts down, I am so full of emotions ' Pride, Courage, Awe, Jealousy, Love etc etc.
I know it is wrong to be proud'. My ethics tell me so. But you know what - with all its faults and all its goodness, I am proud to be an Indian. I am proud to be a part of this heritage called India. And thousand times and more, I am proud, extremely proud of the country and every single citizen who contributes to its welfare directly or indirectly.
As I watched the movie, I was in awe for the passion our soldiers have on front for their country. They are fanatics driven by the motive of keeping our country free, so that every citizen sleeps soundly at night. Ah! I wish sincerely ' if even an iota of this fanaticism existed in our civilians, our country wouldn't be so renowned for its corruption. It would gain newer heights.
I respect every single jawan for his contribution, his courage, his fanaticism, for giving his life to such a noble cause. I bow down to them a 1000 times.
I am jealous of them because I am not a man and am in no position to do the same. I am jealous of that person who meets me in the eyes and says, 'I am the country's vigil.'
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