At a time when his state Haryana and his hometown Jind were ablaze with rioting and caste wars over quota, and JNU where anti-national slogans were raised.
Captain Pawan Kumar was leading his troops from the front in a fierce gun-battle with heavily-armed terrorists far away at Pampore in Jammu & Kashmir.
Pawan, barely 23, was considered an intrepid officer who never shied away from life-endangering risky missions. Commissioned into the Dogra Regiment in December 2013, he had enthusiastically volunteered to join the elite, much-decorated 10 Para-Special Forces in June 2015.
In his last Facebook post, Pawan said, “Kisiko reservation chahiye to kisiki ko azadi, Bhai. Humein kutch nahin chahiye bhai, Bas apni razai… (Some want reservation and some want independence. I do not want anything, except my blanket).”
Ironically a Jat, Pawan also had a graduation degree from JNU, as all military officers who graduate from the tri-service National Defence Academy (NDA) have under a special arrangement.
In the thick of relentless counter-insurgency operations in J&K since September last year, Pawan had recently taken part in two successful missions in which three terrorists were killed. The officer, in fact, was himself injured in one of the encounters at Pulwama but refused to go on sick leave.
I got the telephone call about Pawan’s martyrdom at 7am on Sunday. I had one child. I gave him to the Army and to the nation, even though nobody in my family had served in the armed forces earlier. No father can be prouder,” said Pawan’s father
No one can be much grateful for Pawan and his father who are born for this nation and die for this nation but many of a times these sacrifices are unnoticed.
Let’s make a promise to Pawan and his family, no matter what, we will never let India divide on basis of caste, creed, greed and Politics. We will rise and protect every thought of India that is intact because of such soldiers.
Thank you for protecting use day and night, even though your sacrifices are taken for granted, but we will make sure your sacrifices are never wasted, and from where ever you see India now we promise you we will make you Proud.