"THEY GAVE THEIR TODAY FOR OUR TOMORROW"
Over a 400 of them at last count. Median age 19 to 35. The grim-faced army officers receiving the coffins, draped in the tricolour, the carriage to the army parade ground, the set-jawed shok shastra farewell salute by steely soldiers. The silent sorrow of upraised guns, slowly brought, barrel downward, to the ground, left arm tautly extended to the right before retracking, the holding of palm to chest, the sudden dropping of head, the 30-second hushed silence, then the regulation rajnigandha and marigold wreaths from the army and air chiefs, the general officer commanding, fellow officers, the battalion, before the body escorted by a comrade begins its last journey home. Wreathed in white, the colour of the pure; kesariya, the colour and insignia of the brave. Now across mountains, now across rivers, plains.
The lines of pain crisscross the entire nation.
They did it again. They have risen to defend our Kashmir from the aggression of the enemy. They are sacrificing their lives to defend Kashmir against the evil designs of Muslim fundamentalism. Our heroes of the defence forces are battling with the fundamentalist in KARGIL SECTOR and not allowing them an inch of the country to be occupied. They are forcing the fundamentalists out and have succeeded in their mission to a great extent.
Kashmiri Pandits all over the world are grateful to these worriors and brave sons of the land for defending the Kashmiri Pandit homeland "MAEJ KASHEER" (MOTHER KASHMIR). We the Kashmiri Pandits pay TRIBUTES to these young heroes through this page.
We are trying our best to get information of all the Heroes. If the names of some brave soldiers are not included in the list, it is only that we don't have information about him at present. As soon as we get the info we will put a separate page for the hero.
20-year-old Yashwant Singh laid down his life for the motherland in the Kargil sector.
Mortal remains of Sepoy Santokh Singh (28), of 20 J and K Rifles were consigned to flames yesterday at his native village Jatoli with full military and state honours.
Part of the first column given the task of taking the crucial Tiger Hill overlooking the Srinagar-Leh highway, he killed three intruders before he was shot in the head.
The father of Suraj Bhan Sh Jamna Das is a tall and tough person. I know he has died a lions death and it is a matter of pride for me inspite of the blow which his death has inflected on us. Suraj Bhan was just 22.
While military honour is accorded to officers who lay down their lives fighting for the nation, no military or civil official bothered to even lay a wreath on the mortal remains of 24-year-old soldier, Bajinder Singh, who died fighting infiltrators, in the Dras sector, on the Indo-Pak border.
Slogans of Deep Chand, amar rahe, amar rahe and Pakistan of barbad, ho barbad, rent the air as Mr Vinod Kumar, cousin of the martyr, lit the pyre.
Hope shattered for the family of 22-year-old Sepoy Dhondiba Desai who died in a mine blast at Kargil.
The brave soldier probably knew he\'d never come back. He died on June 6 of bullet wounds, having surprised and taken on five infiltrators in their hideout in Kargil.
The soldier laid down his life while fighting Pak intruders in Sambha sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sepoy Jaswant Singh of 10 Sikh Light Infantry, laid down his life on July 6, in Kargil in a fierce hand-to-hand combat with the Pakistani intruders. His father Swaran Singh, said he was proud of his son\'s bravery.
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