Kargil Vijay Diwas: 'It's been19 years since we lost our son, but no compensation given'
How can we celebrate the Kargil Vijay Diwas when the needs of our martyred soldiers' families are ignored
New Delhi, July 26, News24 Bureau: Let the politicians stand tall on the blood of the heroes of the Kargil war and make tall claims of the victory, which was got by our soldiers from the jaws of death; the fact is that the same politicians and that includes various governments, have ignored the sacrifices made by the war heroes. Their minimal commitment for the families of the bravehearts, who lost their lives while saving ours in wars, have not been honoured. So it does not come as a surprise when the old parents of Parents of Rajesh Gurung, army jawan who lost his life in Kargil War say, 'it's been 19 years since we lost our son, but no compensation has been given to us as yet. Govt had promised a job for his brother & 5 'bigha' land which they haven't given till now'. And this is not the lone case. On the occasion of Vijay Diwas which celebrates India's victory in the 1999 Kargil War, the father of Captain Saurabh Kalia who died when he was tortured in captivity in Pakistan has been demanding justice for his son. He says the PM, Defence Minister & External Affairs Minister had promised that the issue of Capt Kalia's death would be taken up with Pakistan and at the international level but till now no concrete action has been taken.Said NK Kalia, "We had to move Supreme Court, We understand this is an issue between two nations, I am optimistic in nature and will continue the fight. This issue about the dignity & honour of our armed forces."Captain Saurabh Kalia along with Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of 4 Jat Regiment were among the early casualties during the 1999 Kargil war. The brave Indian soldiers were captured by Pakistani troops during a reconnaissance patrol in the treacherous mountainous terrain in May 1999, brutally tortured and killed.In what was seen as a gross violation of the Geneva Convention the cruel Pakistani Army subjected Captain Kalia and his soldiers to horrendous torture during which the bravehearts’ ear drums were pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burned with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were cut off.But even after such incriminating evidence, the Indian government is yet to take Pakistan to the task. In a huge blow to the martyrs, the Central government has refused to move the International Court of Justice against the treatment meted out to the war heroes.