Enduring harrowing experiences, demonstrating remarkable bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, Air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has epitomized courage making it spectacular for some pretty exciting storytelling.
We have our soldiers right in front of us to tell what courage and valour stand for.
To live for something greater than an individual’s existence is enthralling. Wg Cdr Abhinandan is just an example of that. Latter now on sick leave of three weeks after his debriefing session ended on 14th March, is soon expected to rejoin the force and would be able to fly again subjecting to he being medically fit.
In the two-week debriefing session, after he returned to India from Pakistan on March 1, he told the officers that he was mentally pressurized by the Pak army. Not much to say about Pakistan’s statement of treating Abhinandan well.
Anyhow, our brave soldier was enough to deal with the odds he faced. Right after acknowledging the fact that he is on the Pakistan’s land, he swallowed the vital documents he was in possession of and was committed to not disclose any information interrogated by the Pakistan force. Perhaps that is what soldiers in the Indian defence Forces are trained at.
He did exactly what he was supposed to and did not tell exactly what he wasn’t supposed to! Nostalgic?
He on 27th February, piloting a Mig-21 bison, shot down a Pakistan Air force F-16 fighter aircraft, that along with two dozen of fighter jets intruded into the Indian airspace targeting the Indian military installations including an army brigade headquarter.
Little do people know about the alert and calm women fighter controller played a significant role in thwarting the major Pakistan air attack on the Nowshera sector in J&K. She too displayed exceptional alertness and composure, took charge at the consoles and fired rapid instructions to the Indian pilots tasked to defend the impending attack.
Time and again the mighty Indian Air Force displayed integrity, self-discipline, courage, and comradery to the tee.
How evident it is that teamwork is literally a matter of life and death and these flying personnel definitely would never let their brothers die. Also Wg cdr Abhinandan has chosen to be with his squadron in Srinagar during his ongoing leave.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after meeting the Wg Cdr. said, ‘If anybody needs a tonic of motivation, he/she should meet Abhinandan’. Well yes, India is proud and we owe it to our guardians of the sky.
Alkesha Chaudhary – The Reportist