26 Jan A soldier’s sentiment
Sitting in front of a large screen I am sitting in a foreign land (Singapore) I am watching the Republic Day Parade. Proud as any Indian would be, I am enjoying the parade. The commentary is charging me with emotions.
As the Prime Minister lays the wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, and the commentator says “representing the emotion of the nation, Prime Minister pays homage to the Indian soldier who guards, watches, on duty in blazing mountains, sandy dunes. …” or words to that effect, I start to wonder. Does he really mean it? Is that the real emotion and sentiment of the nation, or is it a formal lip service paid year after year as a routine ritual.
Does Modi and his Govt really pay homage or is it a facade? A part of the very year’s script?
Is this all a lip service ?
How many people really feel for the soldier and recognise his sacrifice?
Is the soldier remembered only after a war or a terrorist or only during Republic / Independence days?
…. are some of the questions that pop up in my mind ???