25 November, 2020

Shared Grief Unites Families Of CRPF Men Killed in Pulwama And 2010 Dantewada Attack

The attack in Pulwama brought back to life the memories of Dantewada and those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Left Behind
Mamta, wife of Koushal Rawat, who was killed in the Pulwama attack
Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
Shared Grief Unites Families Of CRPF Men Killed in Pulwama And 2010 Dantewada Attack

In life, there are some big things—oath, duty, glory, honour and so on. In death, small things become big too—adding a floor to the house, keeping a promise made to a nine-year-old, making a phone call from a faraway place to wake up the ­children at home every morning.

The killing of 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district led to much outrage across the country. Hot-headed speeches and calls for revenge rent the air. For those the slain had left behind at their homes and who would never see them return, there came a slew of ann­ouncements—monetary compensation, jobs, passes for concessional train tickets. Leaders and officials of every stature flocked to the houses of the bereaved, promising unwavering support and ass­istance even in future. A month later, the families of the dead find themselves still coping with their loss, and sometimes in disturbing situations.

At slain jawan Koushal Kumar Rawat’s house at Kahrai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district, a CRPF officer...



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