24 November, 2020

Nationalism Comes First

We cannot, let our Jawans die in Pakistani shelling and yet happily play cricket with them as if nothing were wrong

Nationalism Comes First

When I was asked by this magazine to write about my visit to the Srinagar hospital where injured jawans are being treated, I only welcomed the opportunity. The visit was, in every sense, an eye-opener. Sitting in London after the World Cup was over, Kapil paa-ji and I tried to make sense of the sporadic news coming from home on Kargil. For almost two months, we had thought of practically nothing but cricket; and now that it was over, we suddenly felt so far removed from the troubles in India. As we talked, both of us felt the need to do what we could to help. Fortunately, on our return to Delhi, we were invited by the defence minister to visit the hospital in Srinagar to boost the morale of the injured jawans. We were only too happy to oblige.

Accompanied by senior army officials, we arrived at the Base Hospital in Srinagar's Badami Bagh Cantonment. During the hour-long visit, I was awestruck by these truly brave heroes who were risking their lives for our country. Some were barely conscious, some had grave head injuries, others had severely wounded limbs and still others...



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