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BIKRAM VOHRA: The Hero I Did Not Know

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Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami

Till yesterday I had no idea who Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was. Then I read about the fact that this commando killed 10 insurgents in 11 days and then laid down his life when a bullet with his name on it found him….writes Bikram Vohra

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami
Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was killed in Kupwara district when Indian Special Forces in Kashmir exchanged heavy fire in the Hafruda forests. And all we want to know is what is his family getting as compensation for his valour.

For a moment when you want to critique your armed forces think of him. Forget the furore over whether the Nehru stadium is a dynastic monument. Ignore the 11 day riot over a high society murder. Snub that union minister who nattered on for no reason at all. Pay attention to the real Indian.

This is the sort of gallantry that makes it worthwhile to take that OROP deal and hand it on a silver platter to these glorious men and women of our armed forces. All 1.2 billion people should stand up and salute him…they make movies about people like this.  That’s your soldier. Guts and Glory.

How many of our men went out and scored 10 hits in that many days and then went out again.
Imagine the mayhem those 10 terrorists could have engineered if it wasn’t for this man. How many hundreds of lives have been saved by this incredible man?  So, as Mark Anthony said, who will do him reverence.

Where is our Defence Ministry and what are they offering as gratitude? I have not seen any talk show lauding him. Nothing about his funeral. Give him the country’s most high award for valour now…once his commanding officer has confirmed the heroism there is no need to wait.

Announce the ex gratia payment and ensure the nation that Lance Naik Goswami is the man of the hour.

I ask only one question.

When will his widow get her revised OROP pension? Is all? No more, no less.

A simple question, not semantics, no great chest beating, just asking…anybody out there hear the voice of valour?

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