An ode to Indian soldiersIndia is a non-martial country. Soldiering is not considered a lucrative profession in the country. Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are the voluntary armed forces. Conscription is not in vogue in India. Indian armed forces work under the political and executive authorities of the country.
On the other hand, Indian armed forces have to fight unfriendy and belligerent neighbours in the vast and difficult borders of the country. Indian Navy and Coast Guards have to protect a very vast meritime boundary. Within the country, armed forces have to fight against terrorists and their sympathisers. They have do it with utmost care to minimize collateral damage.
Over and above, Indian armed forces have to face short-sghted, vote-hungry politicians who don't bother about casualties suffered by armed forces personnel. Not only this, some people residing in India simply don't know anything about nation-state and the painful history of the country. They criticize the country and its armed forces under the garb of liberalism.
No other country's armed forces have to function against so many odds. However, simple-minded Indian soldiers go on doing their duty to the nation. They go on protecting the nation from external enemies and internal enemies.
An appropriate ode to the great Indian soldiers:
"Ye safar bahut hain kathin, magar,
Na udas ho meri humsafar".
(Translation: The journey is very tough; But Comrades, don't get disheartened.)