Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dismantle 13 Rajputana Rifles For Cowardliness


The two jawans - Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj Singh - both belonging to 13 Rajputana Rifles were entrapped by Pakistani soldiers at Mendhar on January 8, 2013 and both of them were decapitated by the Pak army. The Pakistani soldiers took away the head of one of the martyrs.

There can be foolishness but no shame in the above incident. It is part and parcel of the game. But what has happened after the game is what makes one hang his head in shame.

As per reports, 1000 army jawans of Rajputana Rifles are going on fast for the last two days demanding an appropriate revenge against Pakistan army in retaliation for the brutal killing of 2 jawans of the regiment. (source: http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/nearly-jawans-of-rajputana-rifles-on-fast-since-days-19585.html)


When an army unit goes on hunger strike instead of playing game, then it needs to be dismantled. (If the reports are true).


To play games, no army needs anyone’s permission. Excuse of permission for playing games is epitome of cowardliness. As far as playing games are concerned, Bharat has legendry legacy of going beyond the call of duty by its citizens. Bhagat Singh played the game for Lala Lajpat Rai and so did Udham Singh for Jaliyanwala Bagh


Even if the reports of hunger strike are not true, I will like to remind the 13th Rajputana Rifle about some of the glorious tradition of game playing by Rajputana Rifles.


In 1947, at South of Tithwal, Piru Singh was Havildar Major and was detailed to attack and capture an enemy occupied hill feature. The enemy had well dug in positions and as the attack advanced, it was met with heavy MMG fire from both flanks. "Seeing more than half of the section killed or wounded, Piru Singh did not go on hunger strike. With battle cries he encouraged the remaining men and rushed forward to enemy MMG position. Grenade splinters wounded him at several places, but he continued to advance and jumped on the MMG crew, bayoneting them to death. By then he was the sole survivor of the section, the rest of them either dead or wounded. Another grenade thrown at him wounded him in the face. With blood dripping from his face wounds in his eyes, he crawled out of the trench, hurling grenades at the next enemy position. Again, Instead of going on a hunger strike, with a loud battle cry, he jumped on the occupants of the next trench bayoneting two to death. As he charged on the 3rd enemy bunker, he was hit in the head by a bullet and was seen dropping on the edge of the enemy trench. There was an explosion in the trench, which showed that his grenade had done its work."

13 Rajputana Rifles can also explore the details of  Naik Digendra Kumar; Maj. Vivek Gupta of 2 Rajputana Rifles, Maj. Padmapani Acharya of 2 Rajputana Rifles and Capt. N Kenguruse of 2 Rajputana Rifles; who knew how to play the game.

13 Rajputana Rifles should leave the valorous task of hunger strike to the family of martyrs. They are capable of taking up this enormous task without the support of 13 Rajputana Rifles. May be it is blessing in disguise that Indian army has not seen a Chief of Army from Rajputana Rifles.

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