Republic Advisor and the host of Patriot, Major Gaurav Arya gave a speech on the 'Life of A Soldier' at the inaugural Republic Summit on Wednesday.
In his speech, he makes a compelling case for the forces explaining how they have been facing apathy from the governments, courts and people. He says that this impacts the morale of the soldier.
Major Arya begins his speech with a thrilling narrative of the Rezang La conquer by the Army during the Indo-China war and effectively conveyed to the audience the courage and sacrifice of the Indian soldiers.
He soon moves on to explain how the country through the politicians, section of the media, etc fails them when it does not support the forces.
He mentions the Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi incident, describing how the army is always made a scapegoat when it comes to political issues. "Indian Army comes in when someone has to take the flak," he says.
He also touches upon the OROP negotiations during the UPA II regime. He says that the Army does not wish for money but only for honour. "It is not a matter of money, but the matter of honour," he said. "When you deny a soldier his right, know this that you are denying a soldier his honour, and without his honour a soldier is just a dead body," he adds.
He reminds us of the service and the ultimate sacrifice an Army willingly offers. "The Indian Army is the final argument of the state, whether it is a child who falls in the borewell or the Doklam issue," he says.