Let us not forget: Today is Saragarhi DayOn 12th September, 1897, twenty-one Sikh soldiers of 36 Sikh in British Indian Army under the command of Havildar Ishwar Singh took one of the greatest 'last stands' at Saragarhi in present North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan against 10,000 of Orakzai Pushtun tribesmen. The detachment consisting of one Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and twenty Other Ranks (ORs) fought throughout the day without any hope of reinforcement and unbelievably killed several thousands of Pushtun tribesmen. Not even a single surrendered, not even a single survived wounded. All of them died. Even the British could never forget the gallantry of these twenty-one brave-hearts.
The names of these twenty-one courageous men are written in golden letters in the annals of Indian military history. However, Indians are slowly forgetting those heroes whom the entire soldiering community of the world remembers.
Let us salute those greatest of the great heroes on the auspicious Saragarhi Day.