It was merely one of those unimportant non-academic subject activities that was assigned to us ninth graders last year. My fellow classmates had to create visually appealing and meaningful posters and banners to celebrate the heroic metal which our Indian soldiers portray in every act of theirs, and my alternative was a textual letter/address pertaining to the same.
In all honesty, I paid little attention to it due to the relative insignificance of this activity on grades (an arguably flawed philosophy, quite agreeably), but now that I happen to revisit what I had somehow and someway produced then, I swell with pride at not what my then 14-year-old self happened to compose, but the true spirit and immense sacrifices of the ever-vigilant Indian army men. The following assignment is not limited to the deeds of only Indian soldiers, but encompass the essence of border patrol and security forces that constitue the military resources of any country.
The Thank You Letter
Assignment: Write a thank you address to the soldiers protecting Indian borders.
To the soldier of India,
Crimes, terrorism and disasters have become ubiquitous. Our brothers and sisters, family and friends, everyone is dying as victims of injustice, vehemence and wrongdoers. But you punish these malefactors, you protect us from them, so that we, young citizens of India, are shielded from being exploited or victimized.
As tomorrow’s administrators, the youth recognizes and deeply appreciates your sacrifices. You shed your blood to save your countrymen. You stay on guard perennially to defend us against all malicious forces. You make great personal compromises for the nation’s greater good. You fight, you get injured, you are even incapacitated, but you continue to persevere.
We are in pounding yet silent encouragement of your profound bravery, and we shall not let your legacy remain incomplete – how Bhagat Singh displayed nationalism until his last breath, how Chandrashekhar Aazad instilled his patriotic presence even after being killed, how Jhansi ki Rani ignited that spark of loyalty in all female Indians, and how countless of you still die in the Kashmir conflict, while securing our worthy territories, never giving in in the face of regional and extra-regional adversaries. Your imprint on Mother India shall be preserved as we carry tales of your valour across geographies and generations.
You are not soldiers, but saviours; the guardians of this divine land. I thank you for everything you do – upholding our nation’s guiding values – liberty, fraternity and equality. In whatever way conceivable, we, Mother India’s children, shall support and further your cause, and just like you, the soldiers of India, we will keep breathing our national integrity even after our last one.