As the enemy carries
Misadventure to violate
The Indian air space
Vital military installations
And identity of the proud nation…
Showing exemplary courage
Resolve and missionary zeal
Chases and engages enemy in air
Equipped with a far superior
Machine, technology and firepower.
With a firm determination
And an absolute precision
He shoots down enemy plane
Before his own ill-fated one
Crashes down in the enemy land.
Far more appreciable is
His demeanor and composure
In a life-threatening situation
When he refuses to divulge
Any personal details or information
That might endanger or compromise
Security and safety of beloved nation.
(This poem is written to acknowledge the exemplary courage and bravery of Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down a far superior and advanced F-16 fighter aircraft of the enemy in a dog-fight few days back before his aircraft MIG-21 Bishon of 1960s vintage crashed, possibly in enemy fire. He has safely returned to the country now.)