Saturday, October 24, 2009
Some bonds run deeper.They are inexplicable just like the other gamut of emotions that keep on surging inside.What is it that ties us in the Battalion together?What makes this bond grow stronger with each passing day?Why is my 19-20 year old jawan ready to die on my orders?Why do the veteran soldiers(with 20-25 years battlefield experience)obey my command unflinchingly and without any iota of doubt?What makes him follow me through rain,hail,snow or storm without even a murmur of discontent?What makes him offer me his scarce water even when both of us are equally tired?What drives him to help me share my problems with him without even asking me to listen to his?Why does he impose so much faith in my orders even when I'm not sure of the outcome while giving them?Inspite of all the heroics he's done and never been rewarded,irrespective of the fact that he could not be with his ailing mother on her deathbed or see the face of his newborn for months together,he's ready to jump into a hail of enemy machine gun fire - Just because I ordered him to do so...???He's not my blood relative neither my friend,but will still take a bullet for me in the chest.
Every night before I sleep I ask Lord to make me worthy of the men I serve,worthy of their loyalty and devotion to duty,their ever willingness and ready laughter,their great humility,that asks so little and gives me so much,so readily without complaint.Grant their simple wishes Lord and bless them please,for in this world no better soldiers breathe than the men under me!!
P.S maybe i'm getting a li'l too emotional but what the heck!! Could it be coz I"m moving to a hostile & sensitive location soon?....I for one have no answers!!!!