Military Gear & Army Surplus Gear Blog

Army chief has awarded a Medal of Commendation to Major Gogoi

Army chief has awarded a Medal of Commendation to Major Gogoi


Welcome to WARN,
Army chief has awarded a Medal of Commendation to Major Gogoi Tough situations warrant tough reactions,
and dangerous situations often, if not always, merit daring actions. When Major Nitin Gogoi decided (and, mind
you, it could not have been anything other than a split-second decision) to use a civilian
as a �human shield� to protect his men from a stone-pelting mob, he was simply reacting
to a tough situation in a dangerous environment. That our jawans are exposed to these kind
of dangers every day, not only at the precarious borders, but also within the so-called protected
confines of the country, is something we all know. Unfortunately, however, most of us fail to
appreciate the gravity of such a situation, or deliberately choose to ignore the perils
associated with it, for the army personnel, of course, but, and perhaps even more importantly,
for the nation at large. And when someone does try to understand the
complexities of such a situation and chooses to follow a path less treaded, he or she is
accused of being insensitive to the concerns of the ordinary people of the land, in gross
violation of their human rights. Or condemned for taking a stand contrary to
that of the majority. Contrarian or not, my opinion on the Major
Gogoi episode is clearly and unequivocally in favour of the officer, who only did what
was absolutely correct, and possibly the only sane and logical course of action available
to him, in the circumstances. Unfortunately, there were not many willing
to pat his back for his remarkable presence of mind and timely action that probably saved
the lives of many of his men, for whom he was responsible as their officer in charge. Some feel I have gone too far in actually
demanding a distinguished services medal for the daring officer. Is that so? Does an army officer not deserve a reward
for saving lives? Or is it the destiny of all army personnel
to sacrifice their lives, if not to the enemy at the border, then at the hands of the very
civilians they are designated to protect? Quite frankly, I am unable to understand the
logic-defying argument of the proponents of the school of thinking which treats a jawan�s
life with a pinch of salt � as a dispensable commodity. Nor can I support the view that an army officer
should behave like a gentleman, come what may, and whatever the provocation. There is a time and place to be polite and
courteous, and a time and place for aggression and retaliation. After all, who can remain unaffected and unprovoked
by the sight of the badly mutilated body of an army jawan, and that too during peace time? Or, for that matter, by reports of the cowardly
abduction and killing of a young army officer attending a family wedding on a holiday? I cannot, and will not accept the argument
that reacting or retaliating to such acts is detrimental to peace, and we should, hence,
maintain a stoic brave front in the face of such atrocities. Peace, in my opinion, is only possible if
the government writ runs large, which, naturally, also means that the Indian Army should have
an upper hand to be able to negotiate peace on terms that are favourable to the country
and in the interest of its people, including our brave jawans. This holds good for a volatile state like
Jammu and Kashmir, and also for dealing with border conflicts, such as the Indo-Pak border
situation. The vulnerability of Indian soldiers in both
these environments necessitates some bold steps, including giving a free hand to the
Indian army, which cannot possibly fight with its hands tied behind its back. It also requires looking at things through
a different lens from the one we have been using all these years. A tooth for a tooth and a nail for a nail
may sound a crude way of putting it, but the fact is that brutality and barbarism need
to be tackled with an iron fist, which our armed forces can do only if they are freed
of the �gentleman�s army� label they have been perforce carrying all these years. Let me clarify here that what I am advocating
is not all-out war. All I am proposing is a tougher national policy
for dealing with inimical forces, operating from both within and outside Indian borders. This, and this alone, can lead to the establishment
of permanent peace in the long-term. As the chief minister of Punjab, a sensitive
state bordering Pakistan, I am fully aware of the dangers of conflict of any kind and
do not propound violence as a means for settling issues. At the same time, however, I strongly believe
that negotiations for peace can be possible only when both sides are dealing with each
other from a position of equal strength. And eventually, peace is what we need if we
are to progress as powerful nations, ready to lead the world into a brighter future. So, whether it is a matter of tackling the
Kashmir strife or the issue of mending ties with Pakistan, the key lies in taking a few
tough decisions to address tough situations. It is not an easy task, of course. It could not have been easy for Major Gogoi
to take that difficult decision which earned him the wrath of human rights activists, but,
at the same time, helped save many innocent lives. Nor will it be easy for the Indian army to
shed the gentleman�s tag and adopt a more aggressive role vis-a-vis the enemy. But then, the road to peace is never easy. One just needs to find an easy way to follow
a tough course.


Reader Comments

  1. काश्मिरी पत्थरबाजोंका का जालीम इलाज

    जवाहरलाल नेहरू के सौतेले भाई और मोतीलाल नेहरू के नजाईच बेटे शेख अब्दुल्ला की औलाद जनाब फारूक अब्दुल्ला और उसका कमिना बेटा ओमर अब्दुल्ला को आर्मी जीप के आगे पिछे कायम के लिये बांध डालो और काश्मीर की हर गली, मोहल्ले मे (मरते दम तक) दिनभर घुमाओ।
    जो भी आर्मी पर पत्थर फ़ेकेगा उस्को बंदूककी गोलिओसे भून डालो। पत्थरबाजोन्को चुन चुन कर मार डालो। उनकी पुरी नसल खतम कर डालो।
    अब समय आ गया है काश्मिरी हिंदूओपर हुए अत्याचारोका बदला लेने का।

  2. hahaha is major ko medal ke sath sath ek choirion ka set bhi pehna dete army ….isko sharam nhi ayee jahil major ko masoom bande ko pakarke jeep se bandh lia or army kehti yeh bara bahaduri ka kaam kia hai isne hahhaha major ko bolo choorian pehnke ghar beth jaye shyed isko akal aye ke civil code men rehke kese duty karte hain jahil insaan kahin ka buzdil kayer kahin ka

  3. hahaha is major ko medal ke sath sath ek choirion ka set bhi pehna dete army ….isko sharam nhi ayee jahil major ko masoom bande ko pakarke jeep se bandh lia or army kehti yeh bara bahaduri ka kaam kia hai isne hahhaha major ko bolo choorian pehnke ghar beth jaye shyed isko akal aye ke civil code men rehke kese duty karte hain jahil insaan kahin ka buzdil kayer kahin ka

  4. True courage JAI HIND Major Gogoi , remind the stone pelters its only Bharat army that helped them in floods where was that idiot – he got a free jeep ride Kashmir LAND OF LORD SHIVA dont muck around HAR HAR MAHADEVA

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *