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How can we pay back the debt of our martyrs?

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

A valiant officer Colonel G S Sarna , who always led by examples as remembered by his seniors and colleagues died a hero’s death on 23rd December 2006. He fought very bravely against terrorists in a village of Kashmir and would always be remembered for his bravery disregard whether we walk through the road which has been renamed on his name or not.

He happened to be a cousin of my ex colleague. When my colleague sent a mail on him (pasted here below or please see comment 1 for full details ) it shook me completely. However a proud feelings on such Indian army, especially on such heroes was also reinforced along with sorrow feelings too at my heart because of great loss to us. Such kind of persons should live more and should exist every where in country so as to solve the problem of corruption, immorality etc just like our filmy heroes in Indian Movies. As they always dare to stop evil powers to take command of situation, which is what happening everywhere today all around the nation.

Mail which I had received from Harmeet Singh (Read full in comment1)

My Cousin(Mamaji elder son)- Colonel G.S. Sarna, was posted in Pattan, Jammu and Kashmir.He was a Colonel and was the commanding officer of 29 Rashtriya Rifles there.

On 23rd December during a routine Search operation in Village Behrampur, Baramulla, his men were searching the village for militants who were hiding there.

They had completed the search op. and after that reported back to Col G.S. Sarna that there were no militants in the area, after which he himself went for an inspection of the houses. He was a very brave man and even after being a Colonel always used to lead his men from the front.

He entered a house only with 2 of his bodyguards and looked around. He saw some grass lying around there, and instructed his men to look under it, under that was a secret hideout , where the militants were hiding, there was a small door(Phatta) under the grass, he told his men to lift it so that he can check under it. But as and when the phatta was lifted , a militant waiting under it fired a burst (15-16 rounds) from his AK-47 at him, out of which 6 bullets hit him, 1 on his hand, 1 on the shoulder , 2 in lower abdomen, and 2 on his ankles, and the rest hit the other 2 men.

Despite being badly wounded and bleeding profusely from his stomach, which now had a big hole in it, he fired back at the militant killing him instantly,

You can visit some of his photographs at following link

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Can we pay back the debt of such great soles?. We are proud of such martyrs but can our politicians really wake up from such jolts so that such sacrifices should not go waste?. Does this ring bells anywhere?.

Kashmir problem is running on & on since long. We keep showing Pak occupied Kashmir as a part of our nation just to camouflage ourselves. Politicians never dared to have a focused planning & actions for this issue. As it is sensitive to their vote bank and probably for their continuation in power too (as it may affect from global political perspective too which could be another debate..but surely we can not just wait for an external solution or help). Even in Indian part, autonomy to military is subject to questions. If they would have tried with sincerity not just as a face saving during crisis situation, solution might have emerged by now. But because of lack of will which led to procrastination, situation has become very bad. This delay in strong actions earlier gave chance terrorists to grow their roots a lot into the local houses also. Which made the task now very difficult as local people (by will or by force) also support such activities. Other locals such as Kashmiri Pandits had already been kicked out from state strategically by these evil powers or enemy nation.

This reminds me few lines of Shaheed Bhagat Singh which apply in context of will power and decision making of our previous and present governments…….it is from book what Shaheed Bhagat Singh wrote in Jail….

“Time is an important factor in politics. It is thousand times more so in war and revolution. Things can be done today that cannot be done tomorrow. To raise in arms to defeat the enemy , to seize power, may be possible today and tomorrow may be impossible. But, you will say , to seize power means changing the course of history; is it possible that such a thing can depend on a delay of 24 hours? Even so, when it comes to an armed insurrection, events are not measured by long yards of politics but by short yards of war. To lose a few weeks , a few days , sometimes even one day , may mean giving up the revolution , may mean capitulation.

Political cunning is always dangerous , especially in a revolution . You may deceive the enemy, but you may confuse the masses who are following you.”
and another from the letter written to Governer of Punjab though this was in context of independence from Britain however equally applies against the evil powers against us……including internal corrupted people.

“…… Let us declare that the state of war does exist and shall exist so long as the Indian toiling masses and the natural resources are being exploited by a handful of parasites. They may be purely British Capitalist or mixed British and Indian or even purely Indian. They may be carrying on their insidious exploitation through mixed or even on purely Indian bureaucratic apparatus.”

I am sure if you will read the below certification of death of Shaheed Bhagat Singh you will also cry but our country is fortunate we still see similar courageous people in todays time also, who look nation before their family. Col G S Sarna kept fighting against terrorists till last and recalled his 5 year son only on the way to hospital at the time of his last breadth not before. He did not care about himself or his family even once for the brave acts. It reminds me a lot Shaheed Bhagat Singh who objectively chosen the path of death to motivate people of India and to fuel the revolution. He himself requested British Government to shoot him as a treatment to a war prisoner (he would have thought that it might ignite the spark better in country…above lines were from that letter). Many salutes to these people. Even death word never deterred them from their objective of fighting r our “Vande Maatram” ……


Seal of the
Judicial Department

I hear by certify that the sentence of death passed on Bhagat Singh has been duly executed, and that the said Bhagat Singh was accordingly hanged by the neck till he was dead, at Lahore Central Jail on Monday, the 23rd day of March, 1931, at 7 p.m., that the body remained suspended for a full hour, and was not taken down until life was ascertained by a medical officer to be extinct; and that no accident, error or other misadventure occurred

Superintendent of the Jail
Sd. Illegible

Shaheed Bhagat Singh never defended himself to get released from charges during trial even if he might have chances. Rather he fought with his father for filing a petition to British government for his release as he was waiting for hanging to revolutionize more. That letter , sent to his father was also published later.

Shahedon ki chitaon pe lagenge har varsh mele,
Watan pe mitne waalon ka yahe baaki nishaan hoga

History repeats itself again and again in our country and now Col G S Sarna bravely had asked the path of death as it was for nation and it was necessary to keep the motivation of his unit personnel and of over all military & in turn country to fight against terrorists. Hope we can keep remembering such sacrifices and I think that feelings itself will bring some kind of reforms in our attitude & towards well being our country. I think more reminders should be sent to people on these acts as a tool of motivation and more people should know. I am sure it will make some change in the attitude of people if we keep the flame of good words alive by remembering the martyrs always and probably it will bring some improvements in our government machinery also. As they are afterall people only. So somewhere this people affect should play role in positive way rather than existing state of minds when we have almost forgotten such sacrifices.

Ae Mere Vatan ke logon, jara Aankh me bharlo paani.
Jo Saheed hue hain unki, jara yaad karo kurbaani.

I hope to see some more comments here as a mark of tributes to our Hero Col G S Sarna and to such similar soles of past. I would also request to pass on this to as many people as possible and keep the flame alive so that our children should also know our martyrs.
I would also like to see some suggestions which we can implement to make a good start such as creation of ‘Nationwide strong Martyrs Children Education fund NGO – ofcourse without any cut of administration cost of donations to avoid any abuse’ irrespective whether family is in need or not but to provide an option to all sons and daughters of these martyrs in case of need. Its a thought and let others share on this first.

My Salute to Shaheed Col G S Sarna
My Salute to his family for giving such a son, brother or husband to nation
My Salute to all our military for giving numerous sacrifices which might have gone even unnoticed

Jai Hind
Anurag Varshney – simply Indian

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