jump to navigation

Story of a Soldier , ‘Star’ and Stupid Indian Media : Will Public wake up ? February 27, 2007

Posted by naxalwatch in Hero.
add a comment


For us , you are hero, NOT camera ke saamne haaath Pav hilanewale “Heros” .
For us , Major Manish Pitambare is HERO and Sanjay Dutt is ZERO

Will Pitambare’s martyrdom sensitise us to introspect?

Tuesday February 27 2007 11:22 IST
S Gurumurthy

November 27, 2006 The army commander in Anantnag in Kashmir valley got a tip-off that the head of the dreaded terror outfit Hizbul Mujahidin, Suhail Faisal, was holed up in a crowded locality in the town.

Night was approaching. The mission was clear. Faisal, the coward with guns hiding behind civilians, had to be finished off with zero loss of non-combatants. Major Manish Pitambare, the best officer the commander had had and a dare devil soldier who had had many hits to his credit, was the obvious choice.

His high risk and successful tenure at the war zone was to end in another three weeks’ time. But he was called to his last mission before he left the valley. And that became his final mission. He accomplished the mission for his motherland. He engaged and killed Faisal with zero loss of civilians and also saved his buddy who was hit by bullet. But the price he had to pay for this was his own life.

Merely 32, he left behind his shattered wife and child, just 18 months old, who hardly saw his father, besides his aged parents. The brave young soldier perished to relieve his motherland of a dreaded terrorist. This is not, but what follows, is the story.

On the next day, the Indian media – both print and show – had no space even to report on Pitambare’s demise, much less celebrate his valour or revere his martyrdom. It was busy otherwise with the trivia the nation, thanks to the easy money that fashions life here, is increasingly becoming obsessed with.

This is tellingly brought out by one Rajeev Issar who happened to surf all Indian news channels on November 28. This is how Rajeev exposed what the stupid India media was obsessed about then.

On November 28, the day after Pitambare killed Faisal and perished, the headline news that dominated the Indian TV news channels all day were these: ‘Sanjay Dutt relieved by the court’, ‘Sirf Munna, not a bhai’, ‘13 saal ka vanvas khatam’. Salman Khan praised him as ‘a good person’. Big B said ‘he’s like elder brother to Abhishek’. Priya Dutt said, ‘we can sleep well tonight, a great relief’.

The other headline news was ‘Shah Rukh Khan replaces Big B in KBC’.

The Parliament in session then was hopping mad at the poor performance of the Indian cricket team! Bored with the trivia in the Indian TV channels, Rajeev began to surf other channels. He was startled to read this news on the BBC: ‘Hisbul Mujahidin’s most wanted terrorist ‘Suhail Faisal’ killed in Anantnag, India.

Indian major leading the operation lost his life in the process. Four other soldiers also died.’ Shocked at a foreign news channel reporting such important news about the Indian war on terror, Rajeev rushed back to the Indian channels. He says, ‘it was past midnight and still Sanjay Dutt was ruling the stupid Indian news channels’.

The news channels were reporting how Sanjay Dutt was pleading with the judge that ‘he is a sole bread winner of his family’ and ‘he has a daughter, studying abroad’. Rajeev’s mind contrasted Sanjay with Manish. When Manish took on the terrorist in the dark night hours before Sanjay was pleading in the court on November 28, he never thought he had a daughter of just 18 months or that he was the sole breadwinner of his family. It is precisely to save innocents from AK-47 and bombs of the terrorists that Pitambare perished.

Yet it is Sanjay Dutt, who was given the benefit of doubt in Bombay bomb blast case and the proud owner of AK-47 suspected to be gifted by Dawood Ibrahim, who was the hero of the day’s news. Pitambare’s daring act or death was thus relegated to be reported in a foreign channel.

More on Pitambare. Just before he left on his final mission, Pitambare sent an SMS to his wife saying that he was ‘leaving for an important mission’ and would ‘call immediately after returning.’ Mugdha, his wife, said, ‘I replied and waited for the call, but it never came.’ ‘For him’, she said, ‘the army was everything. We were all secondary when it came to his job or his mission.’

Despite being among the best students with the whole world of opportunities open to him in civilian life, he chose to join army to serve his motherland. The Rediffmail.com, an internet news channel, was the only Indian news purveyor to publish a tribute to Pitambare on Nov 28. Click

Sailesh Dhuri his classmate who wrote the tribute said: ‘When I last met him a few years ago – I asked him why don’t you take a transfer outside Kashmir. He said his country needs him the most there’. Yes, it was that need of the country for which he martyred.

Manish, leaving his young wife and small child, perished for the motherland like thousands of brave soldiers have in her cause – unreported, unsung and unwept.

Despite being ignored by the media thousands joined the funeral procession of Manish at Pune. Manish Pitambare and martyrs like him for the country have no space in the media that is addicted to promote Sanjay Dutts, Shah Rukh Khans, KBCs and cricket and is more concerned about Abhishek-Aishwarya marriage and Shilpa Shetty’s success in London.

The shameless media celebrates the trivia and shuns the martyrs. Will Pitambare’s martyrdom sensitise the media to introspect?


An obituary for Major Manish Pitambare

Shailesh Dhuri | November 28, 2006 16:29 IST

This morning, when I read the news on rediff.com of an Army Major killed in Kashmir, my attention was more on the headline news of the death of a most wanted militant, than on the fate of the army major. However, within minutes, the news became personal, as my mother called on my handphone. She sounded worried, and I feared for her health. However, the news that she told was shocking. She said Manish was no more.

My neighbour’s son and a good friend, Manish decided to join the Armed Forces after his SSC. A bright, proud, young fellow, he was driven by passion to serve his motherland when he took this unconventional decision. The decision was really brave, because he had scored nearly 90 per cent marks in his SSC examination, and the world of opportunities was open to him in civilian life.

Following his heart he went on to join the National Defence Academy in Pune, and thereafter went to join the Army. Our paths separated at that time, as I went on to join the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, soon afterwards and both of us would not see each other for years together.

I was very proud of him, and envious of him. Envious because, as a kid I wanted to join the Armed Forces, but could not do so because of my polio-affected left hand. As a small kid, I always thought that God was cruel to me for he had stopped me from serving my motherland directly and in the noblest manner.

Manish was a brave officer, always leading his team from the front. I think he was 1975-born, and he was already a Major in the Army. When I last met him a few years ago, he was posted in Kashmir � I asked him why don’t you take a transfer outside Kashmir. He said his country needs him the most there. I again felt proud and envious of him.

Today, when his soul has left us because of a bullet from a mad terrorist, I have a few thoughts to share with the world.

Firstly, for how long are we, the Citizens of India, going to silently suffer in this war of one thousand cuts carried out in proxy by the Government of Pakistan? How many more sacrifices of young and bright sons of this land like Manish do we want before we say enough is enough? When are we going to press the Government of India to take strong action against this issue?

Secondly, I read reports of shortage of good officers in the Armed Forces. I fear that if a society does not want its brightest young lads to join the Armed Forces and serve the nation, the society will lose its independence, sooner or later. We have repeated this mistake in the past, and we are repeating it again. All the talk of India emerging on a global economic scene can come to a quick halt if our political adversaries are able to weaken our Armed Forces. I fear this is already happening, and we need to reverse the trend.

I want the readers of rediff.com to devote a minute of their life thinking about the brave Army Officer who laid down his life today so that we can live and enjoy our life with our families. Also, I want readers to think about the two issues that I have shared with you and tell the world what you think about this.


http://bigbangbong.wordpress.com/

Star versus ‘Star’

http://jaidharma.sulekha.com/

On Tuesday (Nov 28th ‘06) news swept across all the news channels ‘Sanjay Datt relieved by the court’. ‘Sirf Munna Not a bhai’ ‘13 saal ka vanvaas khatam’ ‘alhough found guilty for possession of armory, Sanjay can breathe a sigh of relief as all the TADA charges against him are withdrawn’.

And then many experts like Salman Khan saying ‘He is a good person. We knew he will come out clean’ Mr. Big B, ‘Datt family and our family have relations for years – he’s a good kid. He is like elder brother to Abhishek’. His sister Priya Datt ‘we can sleep well tonight…it’s a great relief’.

In another news: Parliament was mad at Indian team for performing badly; Greg chapel said something …..; Bomb scare in Gorakhpoor express; and Shah Rukh Khan replaces Big B in KBC and Sonia asked PM to consider reducing petroleum prices (I wonder who’s the PM …anyways that is not the topic so leave it…) But most of the emphasis was given on Sanjay Datt’s “phoenix like” comeback from the ashes of terrorist charges.

Surfing through the channels, one news on BBC startled me, it read, Hisbul Mujahidin’s Most wanted terrorist ‘Sohel Faisal’ killed in Anantnag, India. Indian Major leading the operation lost his life in the process. Four others are injured.

It was past midnight, I started visiting the Indian channels, the ones who are ‘Sabse TEZ’, but Sanjubaba was still ruling. They were telling How Sanjubaba pleaded to the court saying ‘I am the sole bread earner for my family’ ‘I have a daughter who is studying in US – who will look after her’. And then they showed how Sanjubaba was not wearing his lucky blue shirt while he was hearing the verdict. Also how he went to every temple and prayed for last some months. A suspect in Mumbai bomb blasts, convicted under armory act…..was being made into a hero.

Major Manish H Pitambare got the information from his sources about the terrorists’ whereabouts. Wasting no time he attacked the camp killed the Hisbul Mujahidin’s supremo and in the process lost his life….. To the bullets fired from an AK47…… He has a wife and a daughter (just like Sanjubaba), age …8 months.

Major Manish never said ‘I have a daughter’ …before he took the decision to attack the terrorist hide out on the darkest of nights? He never thought about having a family and he being the sole bread earner.

No news channel covered this since they were too busy hyping a former drug addict, an actor in real and reel life, a suspect who’s linked to bomb blasts which killed hundreds. Their aim was to show how he defied the TADA charges and they were so successful that his conviction in possession of armory had no meaning. They also concluded that his parents in heaven must be happy and proud of him……

Parents of Major Pitambare are still on this earth and they have to live rest of their lives without their beloved son. His daughter won’t ever see her papa again.

Definition of a Star has changed Major… it really has. So Sanjubaba always has a gun in every one of his movies then in real life if he has an AK47 then what’s the big deal we are used to see him with some ammunition without it he’s just a 49 year old hero so he did it for us…..so that we feel normal; Even if one of the bullets from one of such AK47’s took a Real Star’s life…….

but sir bole toh ….. tension nahi leneka. Aapun ko thoda bura laga. Aapun pure din aapke baarein mein socha. Sach bataun kya aapun dukhi matlab ki senty ho gaya, isliye ye likha.

Sorry major, to my generation there is no greater hero than one who laid his life in the name of this great nation. Hence Sir, I salute you. You are the real Star….

Rajeev Issar
****************

Shailesh Dhuri has written a moving obituary on Major Pitambare and makes a very important point in his conclusion:

“Secondly, I read reports of shortage of good officers in the Armed Forces. I fear that if a society does not want its brightest young lads to join the Armed Forces and serve the nation, the society will lose its independence, sooner or later. We have repeated this mistake in the past, and we are repeating it again. All the talk of India emerging on a global economic scene can come to a quick halt if our political adversaries are able to weaken our Armed Forces. I fear this is already happening, and we need to reverse the trend.

I want the readers of rediff.com to devote a minute of their life thinking about the brave Army Officer who laid down his life today so that we can live and enjoy our life with our families.”

Advertisements