Lt. Col. Niranjan Kumar , who laid down his life while fighting the terrorists in Pathankot was bid a tearful adieu in his hometown in Kerala.His close friend wrote an open letter to him that will probably make the average person like us feel shameful and blameworthy. Average person like us, who sits in our homes comfortably, fussing over which movie to watch, worrying about the money and worrying about things which people like Lt. Col. Niranjan can’t afford to do.All they can do is sacrifice their lives so that average people like us can be safer.
His friend obviously distraught over his death writes this open letter wishing that he had made a different career choice.
My Coursemate, my Sutta Pal, Barrack-Type and Punishment-Type
Wish I could turn back the clock for you, Moron!
I would have ensured that instead of CDSE you would have cleared your Civil Services Exam. Your daughter would have had a father to watch her grow up. Your wife would have had a husband to grow old with. And you would never had had to fight to get a decent pension (Not that you would have needed one – everyone knows the price of a Babu’s signature).
I wish that you had not been a warrior, a leader of men and a guardian of an ungrateful nation. I wish you had been a pen-pushing Babu who charged you just for doing his job. I wish that you had not been an Officer And A Gentleman earning a hardship allowance of Rs.32000 in Siachen. Instead you should have been a blood-sucking Babu earning Rs.72000 HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE for enjoying the salubrious climes of Shillong or Guwahati. Or I wish that you had been a Corporate Honcho, who earns thrice your salary for doing one-fourth of what you do. I wish that you had been an AAM AADMI for whom nothing matters beyond the next increment,the next mobile phone or the next vehicle that he is going to buy.
I wish that you had been anything except what you chose to become – A Real Man, A Professional Soldier, A Leader Of Men, A True Son Of This Ungrateful Nation, Sworn to protect it at all cost. I Wish…I Wish… But You Are No Longer There…. So I can only pray that in your next life, you decide to do something worthwhile. Something… Anything…. Just Don’t Repeat The Mistakes You Made In This One..
R.I.P Brother… We’ll Meet In The Afterlife”
This does get you thinking, are we an ungrateful nation?
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