Remember What You Stand For

February 27, 2013

 

Captain Vikram Batra was an officer of the Indian army. During the Kargil war, he sacrificed his life while trying to save one of his officers. His officer had got injured by the bullets being fired from the top of a cliff-rock. Someone had to go to get him to safety putting his own life into risk. Captain Batra didn’t allow anyone else to go. He went ahead himself and was killed as he shielded his officer into the bunker. For his bravery and sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra – India’s highest military award.

Captain Batra’s life is an inspiration for us. He was a leader in true sense. He could have ordered someone else to go and get the injured official but he took the risk for himself. 

While remembering heroes like Captain Batra, we should think about one aspect: what drives some people to do such exemplary acts? To my mind, they are focussed on their goal always. The goal drives them to put in their best. To them, the goal is bigger than everything and this commitment makes them overcome hurdle, face adversities and do anything possible even if it means risking their lives. Secondly, they pursue their goals based on principles. They always remember what they stand for. For captain Batra, the safety of nation came first, followed by safety of his team. His own safety came last.

Those who keep complaining about problems at their workplace should think about the life of uniform personnel. They perform their duty at the risk of their life. Can there be any problem bigger than the life- risking situations? Our workplace issues will seem trivial in comparison to a fire man risking his life to control fire, a police man trying to diffuse a bomb, an army man protecting the border and fighting a war. For us being in the line of fire may be just a phrase, think of those for whom it is a reality.