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CRPF Personnel martyred in J&K

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces. The CRPF's primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency. With 239 battalions and various other establishments, the CRPF is considered India's largest paramilitary force and has a sanctioned strength of 313,678 personnel. 

Yesterday, at 3:15pm, a Scorpio driven by a Jaish suicide bomber who was a local youth carrying a huge amount of explosives, deliberately crash banged into 1 of the 78 trucks which formed part of the convoy carrying approximately 2500 CRPF personnel who were returning from their vacation and proceeding to resume work in Awantipora, 30kms from Srinagar. 

While the Uri Attack and the very famous surgical strike thereafter is still fresh in the minds of all the Indians , this is by far the worst attack Jammu and Kashmir has experienced. So far the death toll is somewhere between 38-44 but there is a probability that this number may rise due to some of the soldiers being grievously injured.

So what exactly happened?

Long story short, the CRPF personnel were travelling in a convoy of 78 vehicles to resume work in Srinagar. The J&K police told them that they had received intel stating that some attack was expected and to proceed with precaution. Necessary steps were taken and the entire route was sanitized (meaning, the area through which the trucks were travelling was checked, searched and cordoned off). However, theories are that the Scorpio must have entered in from some service road. 

The car was carrying atleast 50kg of explosives. It then rammed into one of the CRPF vehicles because of which the entire truck blew up. The explosion was so strong that its impact was seen on the other trucks as well. While there were no survivors in the first vehicle, the other trucks had some injured personnel. 

Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook are now rife with images and news articles being circulated saying "We want Justice" and "Do a surgical strike again". But you know what? That's not how it works. Executing a surgical strike is not as easy as choosing your favourite pizza or deciding whether you want to order Chicken Dum Biryani or Chikken Tikka Masala for dinner. If you thought that was tough, then you're definitely prepared for any high pressured jobs in your career.

Now I am a person who knows close to nothing about war strategies and taking military decisions. Most of what I know is from watching movies (Saving Private Ryan, Top Gun, Lakshya, Uri, LoC Kargil, Main Hoon Na, Dunkirk etc) and Youtube videos of the NDA cadets training. And there's no saying how accurate all these things are. It's best to let people do their own jobs. Too many ideas by people who have too little information about anything just worsens the situation.

 I know for a fact that I am in no position to come up with hashtags or advice the government and National Defence as to what they should be doing right now.  And neither should you. Why?

 Because all we are good at doing is shouting Jai Hind and Bharat Mata ki Jai twice a year (26th January and 15th August - I hope you just didn't mix up what these dates stand for) and maybe one extra time in 2019 (because of the Uri movie after effect) and forgetting all about "Being Indian" for the rest of the year. 

A big salute to all the men who laid down their lives for our country and to the countless more families who have sent their sons and daughters to be CHILDREN OF THE NATION.

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