India’s highly eminent and professional institution of military, in consultation with political leadership and defence experts in government, is more than capable to take appropriate and strategic action in a perfect manner. Nation stands tall with martyrs and their families.

Tricolour draped coffins with young boys lying in it bring home agony beyond words and unfathomable sorrow. Fathers shouldering those coffins are heavier than they could ever bear. But truth is always powerful than our acceptance, howsoever hard it may seem to accept the loss of lives, fact concerning killing of more than 40 armed forces members in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir remains intact.

Those members of Central Reserved Police Forces (CRPF) did not die in battle ground but it was an evil conspiracy of enemy that inflicted heavy casualties, largest in last few decades. Terrorism has claimed so many lives over the years and this unstoppable cycle of violence has made it extremely difficult to cover up the wounds inflicted and move forward. There is a consensus throughout globe that problem of terrorism is not particular to a nation instead a global crisis, but International community doesn’t show up with action beyond condemnations, way short of any substantial work.

Pulwama attack sent shock waves to all across country. As cross border terrorism continues, nation is fuming with rage against high scale violence and killings. The inevitable roars of revenge have intensified in streets of all major and small cities since the day of attack and as the nation witnesses excruciating pain of families and kin of those who laid their lives, the anger of Indian people has only multiplied. Anger is understandable but we cannot let this anger to turn into hate. Any act that incites or propagates hate is simply unaffordable, be it on ground or social media, for our grieving nation or for that matter for any other nation, as it would only lead to self harm.

In difficult times, such as these, India needs to stand up as a united country while keeping aside all political, factional and other divisions for the time being. Recognising relevance of solidarity, fortunately, Indian civil society has shown a great deal of support for its armed forces. Each mainstream political party passed resolutions stating their support for government and military leadership. Condolences poured in for bereaved families from each and every part of country. Major superpowers of the world— USA, France, UAE and New Zealand etc— have condemned this attack, while assuring India to help and side by it against its fight against terrorism.

A soldier’s life is much more than guns, tanks, parades and discipline, they have families, families that are just left with assurances of all the helps that they would need in future. Beyond all the financial and social solidarity, practically, there is no remedy that could take care of emotional and moral loss of mothers, wives, sons and daughters in face of casualties their beloved ones. Members of armed forces who laid their lives while serving nation, too, had plans of their own for their service afterlife and dreams of family members are also associated with each other. Simply put, typing words is too small an act to enunciate the situation they face now and afterwards.

It is important to start theorising whole concept that provokes as heinous a crime as terrorism. In whatever of its form, terrorism is all about hate propaganda meant to divide us, so as to serve ill-intentioned narrow interests of its propagators. In the heat of the moment, any act that destabilises our own social fabric and internal security means falling into the trap of divisional tactics.

Our democracy is rooted in its institutions. Public has all the rights to demonstrate its anger in all non-violent ways but it would be insensitive, on part of citizens of country, to dictate response to this attack. India’s highly eminent and professional institution of military, in consultation with political leadership and defence experts in government, is more than capable to take appropriate and strategic action in a perfect manner. Unfortunately, war-mongering is not an answer. The cycle of violence has to be stopped for once and all.

Few lines from internet that sum up consequences of war are as follows- "cost of war isn’t measured in victory or loss, it’s measured in mounting bodies, grieving parents, orphans and widows".We salute the martyrs for their extraordinary service to nation. Nation stands tall with you and your families. Rest in peace!