It was 1992 when i first passed the Combined Defence Services (CDS) written exam and was selected for the interview to be conducted at Allahabad. It was an interview to join the Indian Military Academy, one of the finest military academies of the world. I failed to make it. Undeterred, i tried again twice and went for interviews in 1993 and 1994. Same result. Switched lines and joined the IT field and here iam today.
Its more than 13 years hence and sometimes i ask myself if i would take the same path again if given a choice? Knowing fully well that i can make a career in any other field. My answer is again YES. Make no mistake, India is not an easy country to defend. Not only is it a vast swathe of landmass, but has lots of internal strife and some extremely vicious neighbours (China, Pakistan and Bangladesh). Everyone trying their best to scupper the applecart.
Now that iam so happily ensconed in my job far away from India, will i go back to fight for India? Of course, i will. If tomorrow a war is declared and the Indian government gives a call for all able bodied men & women to take up arms, i will resign my job and fly back. No questions asked. And iam sure my parents wont stop me either. Nothing beats the honour of wearing your country’s flag on your chest. Nothing beats fighting for your family, your land. Nothing beats the ultimate honour of your dead body being wrapped in your country’s flag. Like the motto of the Indian Military Academy says:
The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time.
The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command comes next.
Your own ease, comfort and safety comes last, Always and every time.
Above pictures courtesy: Bharat Rakshak